I turn into a total mess when someone is photographing me. I get an awkward smile and, good luck to the photographer if they want me to look serious or sultry in any sort of way. Where should I put my hands? Should I smile? Do I have a double chin? I totally forget everything I’ve learned when I’m on the other side of the lens.
I much prefer to be the one taking the photos. I love being a wedding photographer. I also love shooting glamour portraits. While they are very different, shooting glamour definitely makes me a better wedding photographer. Knowing how to pose a bride is crucial and so much of glamour is about posing.
I recently photographed Sarah, who said she is not comfortable in front of the camera and swears that she isn’t photogenic. While staring at this beautiful girl, I realized that, unless you are a trained model, no one feels 100% comfortable in front of a camera.
The bottom line is that it is up to the photographer to enhance a woman’s beauty in a photo through posing and to help her feel gorgeous during the process. We, as wedding photographers, owe it to our brides to know how to pose them so that they look as stunning as possible on their special day. And posing, along with lighting, play a huge part in this.
It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it
Nikki Closser, Seattle Glamour Photographer, Portrait Photogapher