Wednesday, July 30, 2008

The Wedding Portrait Session: Manage Your Anxiety and Ease Up With Three Simple Tips

The Wedding Portrait Session: Manage Your Anxiety and Ease Up With Three Simple Tips

© Aaron Gil


With the advent of wedding photojournalism, the genre of traditional and posed wedding photography is subsiding. Trends in wedding photography have gone from traditional to documentary. There are however, couples that would still like to have formal wedding portraits without the overly contrived poses.

Let’s face it, most couples dread the notion of having to take their formal wedding portraits. Most are simply not accustomed to maintaining poses and smiles for so long. When the time comes to pose for the camera, we all tend to tense up and become uncomfortable. The nerves start to take over, stirring butterflies in our stomachs and producing sweaty palms. Add in unfavorable factors such as unpleasant weather, thirst, hunger and bossy in-laws, and it’s no wonder people feel anxious.

But on your big day, you really want those very special and important photographs to be perfect. These are the photographs you show to your friends and family. They are photographs that will serve as a historical documentation. Your children and grandchildren will get to know these photographs well.

Oh, and one more bit of stress: The lens does not lie – being nervous during your session will certainly be conveyed in pictures.

One bit of good news is that your photographer will try to put you at ease. Often this comes in the form of encouraging words, jokes or instructing you to take deep breaths. Just remember that getting great looking pictures is a collaborative process between the model and photographer.

Don’t worry, there are solutions: A few minutes of preparation will help ease those nerves and stir up your creative posing ideas.

Here are three tips that will help calm those nerves and sure to have you relaxed for wedding portraits!

1. Clip And Save! Prior to your wedding, flip through a few of your favorite fashion magazines and determine which photos contain poses and expressions you enjoy. Study the elements of these photos: How is the body, arms and legs posed? What is the expression in the eyes and mouth? Clip your photos and continue to study them when getting ready for other events and by the time your portrait session arrives, you will have a mental file of poses and expressions that you enjoy. You should feel free to strike a few of those poses between shutter clicks! Some might want to bring along their clippings for visual assistance.

2. Snack & Sip: On your big day, it is so very important that you cater to your body. Running on an empty stomach only compounds any discomfort. Designate a person in your party to carry a few fruits, granola bars and bottled waters. On the way to your portrait session, find a moment to eat a quick snack, drink water and serve your body. This will help ease and comfort your stomach and you’ll be in better spirits naturally!

3. Mini-Meditation: A few minutes prior to your shoot, ask your photographer for just a moment of alone time. What?!! Take a few extra minutes prior when we have a timeline to follow and our guests are waiting at the reception, you might ask? While this might not sound like a good idea, remember that portraits are forever. Now, find a quiet spot where you can sit comfortably. Close your eyes and keep them closed for the duration of this exercise: Take 5 deep breathes. Inhale deep through the nose and exhale out through the mouth. Allow your muscles to gradually release. Now as you begin to relax, create a mental picture of yourself posing for your photos. Visualize yourself looking into the camera in a very relaxed manner. Briefly envision yourself effortlessly flowing through many poses. Bring to life a mental vision of you looking at the resulting photos and loving the outcome. Imagine that you are naturally aware of which angles are complimentary and automatically take the best stance to enhance your look. Continue with a few more supporting scenarios. Then, allow this image to fade.

You want more?

OK, let’s take the mini-meditation it up a notch by creating a mental Happy Place that can be summoned later in your actual session. It’s easy and useful: Think of a very happy moment that took place in your life (It only works if you select an event that you remember clearly) and relive the details … Where are you? Who is with you? What is the time of the day? What is the weather like? Remember the happiness and joy of the moment. Continue to hold this great feeling. As the feeling reaches it’s pinnacle, rub your index finger and thumb together to lock in this Happy Place. Then you can allow the image to fade. By the time you open your eyes, you should feel more relaxed.

If your nerves start to get the best of you during your photo session, rub your index finger and thumb together to recall your happy moment. The power of positive thought is immense. Maintain that a positive thought while your photographer is clicking away.

It’s that easy! Now you can say goodbye to thoughts of stiff cardboard-like photos and say hello to easy – and beautiful – portraits!



FotoNuova is a family portraits photographer providing services in Los Angeles, Pasadena, Orange County and throughout all of Southern California. For more information, please visit our website at: Family Portraits Photographer | FotoNuova or call 626-588-2445 


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Monday, July 28, 2008

Corporate Headshot

A recent headshot for Sara Elena Loaiza, Managing Partner & Founder of Latino Consultants LLC


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Saturday, July 26, 2008

Bridal Boot Camp 101 again...

I'm very happy to state that we had a very successful Bridal Boot Camp 101 event. The house was jammed packed. We had gracious guests, great vendor presentations and a good energy.

My presentation was on "Finding the Right Photographer for You". For those that attended the event and would like the presentation file, I would be more than pleased to send it along.

Click on the photo to enlarge...


Thank you! Aaron (http://www.fotonuova.com)

Friday, July 25, 2008

Bridal Bootcamp 101 - Reminder

Here's another reminder about Bridal Bootcamp 101! Sure to be a great time!



Exciting news! For those of you that are in the wedding planning stage, there is an opportunity to attend Bridal Bootcamp 101! Limited space is available.

Saturday, July 26th 11:30AM - 4:00PM 1510 Oxley Dr Suite F South Pasadena, CA 91030 Bridal Bootcamp will aid in providing guidance for creating the wedding you envision. Learn and share design tips. Find out about hiring the right vendors for you. Best of all, you will have a chance to win a Complimentary On Location Engagement Session!!!
This event is hosted by Fresh Events Company and FotoNuova
Click here to reserve your spot! Bridal Bootcamp 101

Friday, July 18, 2008

Sammy - Portrait Session

I will be photographing Sammy's QuinceaƱera in September. Here are a few higlights of a Portrait Session we did a few weeks back....






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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Bridal Bootcamp 101

Exciting news! For those of you that are in the wedding planning stage, there is an opportunity to attend Bridal Bootcamp 101! Limited space is available.



Saturday, July 26th
11:30AM - 4:00PM

1510 Oxley Dr
Suite F
South Pasadena, CA 91030

Bridal Bootcamp will aid in providing guidance for creating the wedding you envision. Learn and share design tips. Find out about hiring the right vendors for you. Best of all, you will have a chance to win a Complimentary On Location Engagement Session!!!

This event is hosted by Fresh Events Company and FotoNuova


Click here to reserve your spot! Bridal Bootcamp 101

Monday, July 07, 2008

Encore Bridal Event

We had the opportunity to exhibit at the Encore Bridal "All About the Bride" event. The awesome Belamar Hotel in Manhattan Beach hosted the event. The event was helpful to future brides as they had an opportunity to sample services from make up artists, hair dressers amongst other wedding services. The focus of the event was a sample dress sale. There were many designer dresses on hand for brides to be.

Encore Bridal is a New and Nearly New Couture dress merchant. Feel free to browse their website for the latest offerings http://www.encorebridal.com

The Belamar also hosts weddings and would be a very nice location for anyone deciding to so. If you are interested and want more information, please contact Marie at the Belamar; 310-750-0301. Let her know that Aaron from FotoNuova sent you!

Here are some highlights...












The mastermind of the event, Julie from Encore Bridal

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