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For the Camera Shy Bride: How to Effortlessly Pose for Photos

by Khrystina Steib

As a wedding photographer, some of the most common things that I hear from new clients are “I don’t know how to pose”, “I am so awkward in front of the camera”, and “I am not a model, but I’ll try.” For some, getting in front of a camera can be intimidating. The best piece of advice I can give is to be yourself. You want your images to reflect who you are. Here are tips on how to get relaxed in front of the camera.

1. Scout your photographer.

If you are someone who is naturally shy or doesn’t prefer static poses, hire a photographer that has more of a documentary or editorial style of shooting. Look at their website and Instagram, and see if most of the portraits are images where the client is looking directly into the camera and is posed “vs.” prompted. 

Photography by Khrystina Steib

2. Take photos with your photographer before your wedding date. 

Imagine a total stranger showing up on your wedding day and asking you to be comfortable while they take your photos. Doing a bridal session or engagement session will help to build the relationship between you and your photographer. Your day can go a lot smoother when your photographer knows your expectations before they arrive for your wedding.

Photography by Khrystina Steib

3. Poses vs. Prompts

For me, this is one of the main ways to get authentic expressions and imagery that is unique to each client. 

Posing includes: “Stand there, put your hand here, lift your chin, and smile.” Then, the picture is taken. This is the most natural way to capture a photo. 

Some of my favorite prompts are:

  • Twirl your dress around (clients usually laugh while doing this)
  • Look down for me, then left, then right, and on the count of three look right into the lens.
  • Walking away from the camera
  • Walking to the camera looking off in all directions

This gives your photographer the perfect opportunity to take a variety of shots from different angles to get the right shots. The goal is to allow your personality to shine through. When clients tell me they are not models, I want them to understand that who they are is enough. Be yourself and enjoy this moment in your life.

Photography by Khrystina Steib

Khrystina Steib is a wife, mother of two, and a Louisiana based fine art portrait, fashion, and editorial photographer. She is passionate about her family and storytelling through photography. When compelling light, interesting shadows, and real emotions are in front of her lens, she is truly inspired to create. 

Check out more wedding planning tips and stunning bridal inspiration as you prepare for your walk down the aisle in the summer 2023 issue of Black Bride magazine! And pre-order your print copy today.

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