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It’s that time of the week where we look back over some of our favourite or most helpful wedding advice posts and bring them back to the fore for all those new readers and soon-to-be brides and grooms who might have missed it the first time around. Today we’d like to revisit a subject that we’re often asked about – how to look best in front of the camera for anyone who’s a little camera shy. So if you’re a little nervous in front of the camera we hope this helps to explain a little about why you should never, ever say cheese!

Having your picture taken professionally can feel really rather strange. From pretty much the moment we first start to crawl we’re told to stop dead still, look at the camera and say cheese in order to get a nice picture. The trouble is that the resulting pictures tend to be… well… cheesy!

Enter the professional photographer and the first thing they want is for you to forget about everything you’ve ever been told about having your picture taken. Instead of turning your body face on to the camera they want you to do things like turn and look at each other. Instead of staring into the lens and grinning like a cheshire cat they’ll give you instructions like “just be natural”. But what the hell is “natural” anyway? In our everyday lives we don’t stop in a fixed position we move around, we don’t force conversation with our partners, we just naturally chat. It’s a strangely forced environment and it’s very difficult to really know what to do with yourselves.

One of our wedding shots by Ed Peers

Each individual photographer will have their own style and will be looking to capture a slightly different type of shot. Sometimes they will be looking for a close in and capturing little smiles and hints of emotion, sometimes they will be shooting much wider and looking for the shape of the body and the perfect framing against a particular background. Some photographers like to capture a little bit of movement in their shots and might ask you to walk up and down a little, change your positions around or do something entirely less orthodox. Sometimes however natural they ask you to act, the thing that they’re asking you to do just isn’t going to feel natural at first. In fact it often might not feel like it’s even going to make a half decent photograph, however there’s only one real solution if you want to ensure that you do come away with some great photographs:

Have faith and Commit to the Moment.

Photoshoot with Fer Juaristi

If you’ve done your research and made sure you’ve booked the right photographer for you then hopefully you already understand what they’re about and you’ve looked through their work to find the style of portraiture they aspire to capture. If you like that style then you have to have faith that your photographer is able to create that same style for you. The other thing we’re taught about photography from a young age is that you simply stand in front of an interesting background – a landmark perhaps, or if that’s unavailable you just find somewhere nice and sunny to make the shot look pretty. Sometimes this may be true in professional photography but actually, very broadly speaking, your photographer is more likely to be seeking out what, on the face of it, looks like a very plain background (an old brick wall for example) and are more likely to look for shade than bright sunlight. Have faith that the photographer knows what they’re doing – what looks good on a professional camera may be completely different from what you’d expect. Once you have that faith it’s much easier to just go-with-the-flow and genuinely enjoy yourselves, and once you do start to genuinely enjoy it suddenly acting natural isn’t such an alien idea after all…

Photo-shoot with Nirav Patel

It’s important to remember though that with portraiture in particular your photographer can only do so much. They can offer as much direction as they like but unless you can commit to that moment and really go for it then the final image will not have the same impact. It’s a little like acting, only you’re playing the part of yourselves. The more you commit to what you’re being asked to do the more natural it begins to look and the more powerful the image will be. The photographer wants to capture your personalities and will do all they can to help bring that out of you, but they can’t control the look of love in your eyes, the coy little smile you only give each other, the way you crinkle up your nose when you laugh; these are the things that can take a photograph from simply a 2d image on a piece of paper to a masterpiece of memories full of depth, full of character and full of life – your life.

There are no real hard and fast rules about what’s going to make the best shot, it depends completely on the individual photographer, on the moment, the type of shot and on your personalities and quirks. Just enjoy the time together, forget about your preconceptions or any ideas that you’re not photogenic. Your photographer is there to make you look good – enjoy it, relax, have faith and commit to the moment. And whatever you do, don’t say cheese.

Our Civil Ceremony, Photograph by Liam Shaw

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What better way to cheer up a dreary Wednesday afternoon than to share a gorgeous Wedding film set in the beautiful surroundings of Gloucestershire’s Cripp’s Barn! Jenn & Will’s big day set in the stunning original 18th Century Cotswold Barn was clearly an amazing occasion from start to finish, just the thing to brighten up those midweek blues! So grab a cuppa, turn up the volume and hit play and enjoy Jenn & Will’s magical day captured by the always fantastic White Dress Films.

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The question of who should walk you down the aisle is not always as straight forward as it seems. Whilst traditionally it’s the role of the father of the bride to give his daughter away, many couples choose an alternative approach for a host of reasons. So today we’d like to share this great infographic from Peter Edwards Photography all about the other available options!

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matt-avatar WhitenedWhen I was in my teens, hitting the town with my mates, the minute we reached the clubs I was THAT guy. The debonair, well-dressed sultry stranger, standing coolly beside the dance floor, probably holding a Vodka-Martini, being eyed up by all the ladies, never dancing but never needing to.

Or alternatively I was the geeky guy standing awkwardly on his own whilst everyone else danced and he looked on trying to be cool whilst unknowingly spilling half a pint of Fosters down his trousers and being laughed at by the ladies. I would never dance for fear of looking an idiot, whilst all around me my friends were waving their hands in the air like they just didn’t care, making fools of themselves but being joined regardless by the same girls I was staring pointlessly at.

It’s only in recent years that I realised the error of my ways and, admittedly augmented by alcohol, became all too happy to jump straight on the dance floor however stupid I may look, put dignity aside and make dad-dancers around the world ask “what the heck’s that guy doing?” And do you know what? It’s SO much more fun!

So often at weddings we see amazing bands and DJ’s being rewarded for their awesome performances by polite gentle clapping from the still seated guests at the tables, just a few kids twirling endlessly on the vast, empty expanse in front of the band, even the bride and groom too busy speaking to guests to find their way to the floor. But the minute everyone decides to step up on that floor the party really gets going and all of the guests start to have some real fun!

So don’t be the one waiting on the periphery, as soon as the bride and groom wave you onto the dance floor dive right in, jump, jive and shake a tail feather. Don’t be concerned by being the first, you certainly won’t be the last, but you will undoubtedly be the one having the most fun in the room. So as a wise man once said, Dance Like there’s nobody watching, love like you’ll never be hurt, Sing like there’s nobody listening and live like it’s heaven on earth.

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Well we hope you crazy cats have had an amazing weekend and before you have to return to the drudgery of Monday morning we thought we’d share this little frame to keep you in that weekend spirit! This frame was captured during the final song of the night at Alex and Paul’s amazing Hospitium wedding, when the DJ was flying and the atmosphere was absolutely electric. Magic.

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