Actors have dress rehearsals. In fact, no matter how good they are, they need them. It would be absurd to expect an actor to go onstage without a rehearsal.
Footballers train far more hours outside of matches than they do playing in them.
Musicians practice over and over again to scale the dizzy heights of great music.
You wouldn’t expect anything else.
Why, even top models spend years improving their craft.
How can a married couple expect to look perfect in their wedding pictures without a rehearsal?
How do you look in pictures? natural and totally at ease or slightly awkward with a ‘camera’ face?
Most of my couples say when we first meet that they don’t take a good pictures. They think they’re not natural in front of a camera. Yet, have a look at the pictures on this website. Do any of these couples look uncomfortable in front of my camera?
This is no coincidence, this is due to practice.
Decades of practice with a camera on my part and a very important engagement photo-shoot on the part of my couples.
This engagement shoot is where we rehearse together. We learn to get rid of the cheesy ‘camera’ face and learn how to stand next to each other. (Not straight arms by the side, stiff as a board – That’s only what people do when they see a camera pointing at their face. That’s not natural) It’s also where I get to find out how far we can go on the day of your wedding. I’m not going to ask the bride to lie down in the grass if she’s going to be afraid of getting a stain on her dress. This would be an uncomfortable conversation on a wedding day and it would mean I’d lose control and so the rapport which is vital for natural looking portraits. However, if we’d had a successful Engagement shoot and earned mutual trust then my couples will do just about anything.
A shot like this one for example at Hazlewood Castle would not be possible without that trust. It’s very difficult to pull off, but truly spectacular when it does.