5 tips for feeling comfortable in front of the camera

Future brides and grooms-to-be: If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve got a big day coming up and you’re probably feeling a little jittery about being in front of the camera. As Cincinnati Wedding Photographers for over 12 years, we are about to share some amazing tips on how to feel comfortable and natural when it’s time to step in front of the lens.

First things first, let’s talk about the elephant in the room – nerves. It’s totally normal to feel a bit anxious about being the center of attention, but trust us when we say that once you’re in the swing of things, those nerves will melt away. Remember, your photographer (that’s us!) is here to make you feel at ease and capture those genuine moments of love and joy.

Tip #1: Get to know your photographer

The first way to ease those nerves is by getting to know your photographer before the big day. We’re not just random strangers with a camera – we’re your allies who are going to make sure you look your absolute best. Whether it’s grabbing a coffee or having a chat over Zoom, building that rapport beforehand can make a world of difference when it comes time to take photos.

Tip #2: Practice makes perfect

Another tip is to practice posing in front of the mirror. Yeah, we know it might sound a bit cheesy, but trust us, it works! Experiment with different angles, expressions, and poses until you find what feels natural for you. And hey, don’t worry about looking silly – nobody’s judging here, and it’s all about finding your groove.

Tip #3: Focus on each other, not the camera

Now, let’s talk about the day of the shoot itself. When you’re in front of the camera, try to forget that it’s even there. The easiest way to make your photos look natural is to pretend that you don’t see us. Instead of focusing on the lens, focus on your partner – laugh, joke, and just be yourselves. The more relaxed and in the moment you are, the more authentic and beautiful your photos will turn out.

Tip #4: Show us your personality! 

Oh, and speaking of being yourselves, don’t be afraid to inject some personality into your photos! Whether it’s a goofy pose, a silly expression, or a spontaneous dance move, embrace what makes you unique as a couple. After all, these photos are all about capturing your love story, so let your personalities shine through.

Tip #5: Take a breath (and maybe have a drink)! 

And finally, remember to breathe. Seriously, it’s amazing what a few deep breaths can do to calm those nerves and help you feel more grounded. Take a moment to pause, take it all in, and enjoy the experience. Many of our couples even like to have a cocktail before their session too to calm themselves (no judging here, promise!). Trust us, before you know it, you’ll be wondering what you were ever worried about in the first place.

So there you have it – five simple tips to help you feel comfortable and confident in front of the camera. And remember, your photographer is here to guide you through every step of the way, ensuring that your photos are not only beautiful but also a true reflection of your love story. 

So relax, have fun, and let’s make some magic together!


We began our photography journey when we were 16 years old and have been documenting love stories ever since.

With over 15 years of photography experience and over 11 in the wedding industry, what sets us apart is our commitment to making you feel completely at ease in front of the camera. Whether you're seeking a photographer who seamlessly blends into the background, alleviates any nervousness, or brings a sense of fun to your wedding planning journey, we are dedicated to providing a personalized and unique photography experience.

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