5 tips for acting natural in front of a camera (from a photo pro!) #Advice#engagement photos#industry insiders#insecurity#photography Posted Feb 15 2017 Guest post by Kirsten Photos by: Kirsten Ann Photography Photographer Kirsten of Kirsten Ann Photography has years of experience making clients feel at ease in front of the camera, and she has some tips for you. All photos by Kirsten Ann Photography Related Post 12 things wedding photographers want to tell you, but can't Most wedding magazines will give you a list of questions to ask a wedding photographer... Can you describe your style? What equipment do you shoot... Read more The biggest hesitation people have about engagement sessions or their wedding day is how they'll look in photos. Cameras have the magical ability to either make us love or hate how we look. Angles, positioning, lighting, and facial expressions all contribute to how you will appear in a photo. Not to worry, though — you CAN do some things to be more chill in those photos. And that makes all the difference. Bend like Gumby You have joints, bend them! Stiff legs and arms and sometimes even torsos look awkward. But when bent, you look natural. The words "Be natural!" confuse clients sometimes because if you've never had your picture taken professionally how do you know what that means? But bending joints is a simple way to "Be natural" it helps you look like a real, non-mannequin person. "Look normal": Don't say "cheese" Since we're little kids, we're taught to smile and "Say cheese" or another goofy phrase. It's natural instinct to put on your biggest grin when a camera or phone comes out. But when it's forced like that, it LOOKS forced. Related Post Why you should absolutely do engagement photos if they're included in your wedding package "I didn't think we wanted engagement photos. My partner hates being the center of attention and has requested we try to find a wedding photographer... Read more Natural smiles and especially laughter are the best way to show your happiness and make you look damn good. Happiness flatters everyone. How do you achieve this? That's usually the job of the photographer. I act like a corny weirdo, ask you to jump, talk, joke, and sometimes even ask for fake laughter which always gets people laughing for real. Interact Unless you're having your portrait taken, most photos have more than one person in it. When you both just stand there, it doesn't make for a very interesting photo. When two people can show their relationship in a photo, it tells a huge story. Whether it be kissing, hugging, tickling, laughing together, jumping, running, doing an activity, or even just looking at each other. And if you are taking a portrait, interact with the camera! Look at the camera, close your eyes, than open them again to look engaged and awake. Smile at the camera like it's your best friend or someone you love, or look directly into the lens to get an intense effect. Angles Turning your body and/or head to the side, even just a little, creates a much more interesting and flattering shot. Don't Try too hard — just have fun You know those awkward photos of people with HUGE fake grins, posing their body to look non-human, and looking super uncomfortable? Don't do that, guys. The simplest advice: pretend the camera isn't there. Have fun, smile, and follow poses as naturally as you can. My most favorite shots usually happen when you aren't "ready" for the camera anyway. And that's how to act natural on camera. Related Post The "less-than-photogenic" couple's guide to engagement pictures Tribe member Linzmat was dreading her engagement shoot with her partner. Neither consider themselves to be particularly photogenic and have never enjoyed having their photos taken. But because of these… Read More This post features Offbeat Vendors! Check out their vendor listing to see how they cater to Offbeat Brides: Kirsten Ann Photography Guest post written by Kirsten Wedding & portrait photographer, graphic designer, Disney nerd, 1950s pinup fan, and a New Jersey native tree hugger who is happiest outdoors. http://kirstenannphotography.com/ PREVIOUS Keep your unity ceremony frozen in time forever with Unity in Glass NEXT Sell the shit out of your wedding with a wedding sales flyer save-the-date Show/Hide comments [ 0 ] Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Sign me up for your offbeat awesomeness newsletter! No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.