Nervous Bride Tips

Nervous Bride? Act Natural in Front of the Camera With These Tips!

One of the funny things about wedding or bridal photography is that no matter how much you spend on the wedding day, the photography is the only thing that’s left to show for it. Most brides and grooms don’t realize how important their wedding photography is until after the wedding.

Unfortunately, that’s too late.

When you pick your photographer, what you need to look for is a photographer that can do a little bit of every type of photography and if you are a nervous bride, someone that can put you at ease when you’re in front of the camera. Everyone wants the candid shots and most want the secret moments (as if the photographer isn’t there). But how does one achieve the flawless, magazine-style look without feeling as though you haven’t a clue what’s going on?


Newport News bridal portrait by the Noland trail at the Mariner’s Museum.

1. Photography is all about relaxation and confidence. A nervous bride can get this confidence by focusing less on trying to get great photos and more on having a fun time with your loved one and the friends in your bridal party. This will create candid shots. Have a chat with your photographer and emphasize you want to ENJOY the wedding photography shoot. A professional wedding photographer will know how to help you laugh and stay comfortable. After all, that’s what creates epic imagery.

2. Forget about the photographer without really forgetting about them. This sounds a bit crazy, but be conscious that they’re there and listen to their instructions, while concentrating on enjoying your photo shoot with your new spouse and best friends. The photo shoot time can be the most enjoyable part of the wedding with your favorite people. Or it can be a ball of nerves and tension trying to get ‘the perfect pose’ for the photographer. Act natural, try to remember that these photos are going to be around for decades to come, and SMILE!

3.Do an engagement session before the big day. It is especially good to do an engagement photo shoot if you are a shy or nervous bride. It helps you get to know your photographer and quickly teaches you how to take professional instruction while still having fun during the shoot. Most of the time, photographers will have package deals or discounts for engagement sessions with a wedding package. And if you choose not to do an engagement shoot, be sure that you at least meet or Skype with your photographer so you can get to know each other a little before the wedding day.


Yorktown beach is one of my favorite beach locations for portraits. Smaller crowds and close walking distance to fields, a fishing pier, and gorgeous colonial backdrops give me endless options to work with as a photographer.

4.Don’t be too serious. Every bride really wants stunning photos to remember their perfect day. That’s completely expected and doable when working with a professional photographer. So relax and prevent the fake (or forced) smile from coming out.

5.Remember that you will get amazing photos if you’ve chosen a great photographer. Communicate well and trust them to make the wedding photos look stunning. Communication is key and you’ll want to be sure to let your photographer know that you are feeling a little nervous.


Be sure to keep the time of the sunset in mind when planning your day if you will be in a location with a nice view. The golden hour usually starts about 10 min. before the sunset until 15 min. after but that can vary with the weather and other conditions.

6.Think about what you’d love BEFORE the big day. Browse through magazines, Pinterest, or your photographer’s blogs. If you know what to expect, you’ll less likely be a nervous bride. Everyone is more confident when they know a little more about the game they’re going to play, right?

7.Beautify your party, your venue, and yourself. While a great photographer is needed for amazing photos, he/she can only do so much with reality and the surroundings. So plan ahead to make yourself look fabulous, test your hair and makeup, find some accessories that will match with your dress, beautify the venue with lights, ornaments, and center pieces. For a lesser work load, search for a venue that has everything you want already there. It doesn’t have to extravagant and über fancy. Make sure that you put as much detail into your big day as you can. It will surely show in the pictures.

8. Don’t over think it. Photos turn out best if you don’t over think things and feel self-conscious throughout the day. Laugh and feel confident in front of the camera. Your photographer should make you feel relaxed and give you direction so that you look your best in your images. They’ve done this hundreds of times before and know what to say and do to help you.

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Enjoy the day. This is going to be one of the happiest days of your life. If you are acting and feeling glamorous and gorgeous and don’t let little things get to you, your wedding photos are going to be amazing. Not only because you’re prepared for the day, but because your photographer won’t let you down.


Smile and the whole world (and your photographer) smiles with you.

Voted the Knot’s “Best of Wedding Photographers” | WeddingWire’s “Couples Choice” Award 2008 - 2019 | Virginia Living Magazine's "Top Wedding Vendor" 2016- 2019 | VA Small Newspaper Photographer of the Year | Wedding Photojournalist Assoc. Blue Medallion Award