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The Figtree Guide // How to Feel More Comfortable In Front of The Camera

Something we hear from so many of our couples is that they feel awkward or nervous about getting their wedding photos taken. This is completely normal and totally understandable, especially if you’ve never had your photo taken professionally before!

The good news is, even our most camera-shy couples come away from their wedding photography experience feeling relaxed, at ease, and yep – even having fun. Here at Figtree, we love to capture those candid moments and authentic emotions from the day, and go above and beyond to help you feel comfortable in order to do this.

Keep reading on for a few of our top tips on how to feel comfortable and confident in front of the camera!

 

1. Book an engagement shoot

Engagement shoots are the perfect opportunity to get some practice in before the wedding day! And will give you a great insight into what to expect on the day.

Once you’ve had a chance to get used to being photographed, you’ll be amazed at how relaxed you can feel! It also gives you the chance to hang out with us as your photographer before the wedding day so we can get to know each other’s personalities. This all helps us to create the most natural and candid photos possible.

At the end of it all, you’ll also end up with some super sweet photos of you both!

Just in case you need more convincing, here’s a link with more info about our engagement shoots and why we think they are such a great idea.

 

2. Book a hair and makeup trial

We are all for hair and makeup trials for so many reasons!

The best thing about having your beauty trials is that you’ll know exactly what to expect on the wedding day which will help ensure you’re completely confident in how you look and feel. This will all shine through in your photos!

Check out our top hair + makeup tips here.

 

3. Embrace the experience

Have fun and try not over think it! As simple as it sounds, focus on yourself and your partner, get lost in the moment and just be yourselves.

We’ll definitely give you direction throughout the shoot so that you aren’t just standing there awkwardly not knowing where to look, and if something doesn’t look right we will tell you. Trust us! However, we try to get you to do things that come naturally to create those candid style shots. If you’re ever feeling awkward, have a laugh about it and we will capture those wonderful in between moments.

Throughout the shoot, we also try to give you a moment on your own as newlyweds, as it may be the only time you get to spend alone all day. Rest assured we’re always looking for those super sweet candid moments as well, so we might be capturing the love from a distance…

 

4. Dress comfortably

To look comfortable in front of the camera, you have to feel comfortable!

For brides, think about your comfort and try to pick a dress that you can move easily in. We totally don’t want to be the fashion police but the more you can comfortably move in your dress, the less restricted you’ll be during the shoot. Grooms, if you’re getting married in summer, perhaps think twice about opting for a three piece suit!

On the flip side, if you’re getting married in winter, make sure you’ve got something warm for when the sun starts setting. Brides, you could rock a denim jacket in your photos or even just have something on hand for the in between moments when we’re not shooting.

Another big thing to think about is your footwear. Consider the location of your photo shoot e.g. if you’re planning on wandering through a beautiful long grass field, stilettos might be a bit tricky. Or if your heels are so amazingly pretty but uncomfortable, our tip is to bring a back up comfy pair of heels or flats just in case.

 

5. Be prepared

Lastly, you want to make sure you feel refreshed for your photo shoot.

By the time your location shoot comes around, for many brides you’ve been wearing your makeup for quite a few hours and there might have been a few happy tears and sneaky kisses. It’s a great idea to bring along a few makeup touch up essentials to ensure you’re feeling your best for the shoot e.g. lipstick, concealer, translucent powder. Bridesmaids are great for carrying these handy little bridal kits around!

And for brides and grooms, don’t forget to eat and hydrate! Pack a little something to eat and drink on your location shoot, you’ll be so thankful you did and it’ll help you feel totally ready to embrace being photographed!

 

We really hope that this guide has helped you! If you are engaged and looking for your perfect wedding photographer, get in touch for more information and our wedding photography packages here.

Check out what our couples have had to say about their wedding photography experience here.

Emily + Cohen // Earth House Wedding Photography, Byron Bay Wedding Photographer

Tell us a little about your day…
Our wedding day was just as we always hoped it would be: a relaxed, bohemian/tuscan vibe with beautiful views over the Byron Bay Hinterland. We feasted on delicious local food, shared lots of laughs and stories with our friends and danced the night away.

What was your fave part or moment from your day?
Cohen: Seeing Emily for the first time. Emily: Walking through the macadamia orchards with Cohen after our ceremony.

Do you have any words of wisdom or tips for future couples?
On your wedding day, don’t sweat the small stuff! The day will be a perfect memory for you to look back on if you are relaxed.

We would love to hear about your experience with Figtree Wedding Photography
Figtree Wedding Photography was amazing – our photographers were so lovely and captured the important parts of our day without it distracting from spending time together/with our friends and family. We felt at ease and really enjoyed the time we spent taking photos after the ceremony!

Venue: Earth House
Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Byron Bay Weddings
Styling + Hire: The Wedding Shed
Celebrant: Michelle Shannon
Florist: The French Petal
Hair + Makeup: Alex Ouston
Wedding Dress: Anna Campbell
Brides Shoes: Bared Footwear
Jewellery: Samantha Wills
Rings: Brilliant Earth
Entertainment: Tom Francis
Cake: Sweet Obsession Cakes
Catering: Figtree Restaurant
Transport: Steve’s Transport + Forever Kombis

Currently planning your own Byron Bay wedding? See more of our real Byron Bay weddings here, or get in touch for our wedding photography packages.

Aimee + Matthew // Osteria Casuarina Wedding Photography, Tweed Coast Wedding Photographer

Tell us a little about your day…
OMA gosh it was the best day of our lives. Cyclone Oma was not going to stop us, we wanted our day to reflect us as a couple and it did just that. We chose Osteria to hold our special day, we fell in love with the ceremony garden area, the fairy lights and the fact it was Italian food! Annie from Celebrate Lady Love was beyond amazing, she delivered a ceremony that had everyone shedding a tear to laughing all at the same time. Our reception involved speeches from our loved ones and a quick feed so we could spend the rest of the night on the dance floor.

What was your fave part or moment from your day?
From the minute I woke up on the day to the minute I closed my eyes that night were moments I will never forgot. If I had to choose one it would be the moment I got to the end of the aisle and held Matt’s hands, looking around at everyone’s smiling faces that were there purely for us. Actually, I can’t just name one, the other favourite moment was walking into the reception and seeing everything that we had chosen from the balloons, flowers, table settings, cake and things on the wishing well table all come together. I was absolutely blown away at how amazing it all looked, it was better than I ever imagined.

Do you have any words of wisdom or tips for future couples?
You can get so caught up in the details of the wedding and get carried away creating someone else’s wedding you have seen. It’s so important for your day to reflect you as a couple and let your personalities shine through. Setting a realistic budget before you set out looking at venues is imperative, there is no point falling in love with a venue if it is going to set you back before you have even started your life together. The whole day is about the two of you celebrating your love with the people that mean the most to you. If all your budget allows is a tree in your backyard it doesn’t matter, there are so many vendors out there that can help create an amazing space, it’s all about the memories not the gold plated chairs and Labrador puppy party favors!

We would love to hear about your experience with Figtree Wedding Photography
We honestly couldn’t fault our experience with Figtree, Dan was an absolute pleasure to work with and made the whole experience seamless and enjoyable! From our first phone call leading up to the day to on the day we wouldn’t change anything. Looking through the end product we are just blown away with the quality and detail in every single photo taken, we could not recommend them enough!

Venue: Osteria
Wedding Planner + Stylist: Secret Wedding Events
Celebrant: Celebrant Lady Love
Florist: Wilderness Flowers
Hair: Jody Callan Hair
Makeup: Makeup by Andri
Wedding Dress: Ella Moda
Entertainment: Rob McMullan
Videographer: Castle and Crown
Cake: I Heart Cakes
Balloons: Bang Bang Balloons

Currently planning your own Tweed Coast wedding? See more of our real Tweed Coast weddings here, or get in touch for our wedding photography packages.

Danielle + Cheyne // Cowbell Creek Wedding Photography, Gold Coast Wedding Photographer

Tell us a little about your day…
Magic, and intimate, and the joining of two families!

What was your fave part or moment from your day?
My dad walking me down the aisle, seeing all of our friends and family along the way and getting to the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow – My Handsome Hubby!

Do you have any words of wisdom or tips for future couples?
Less is more! Don’t sweat the small stuff, what will be will be. Worrying serves no purpose!

We would love to hear about your experience with Figtree Wedding Photography
My now husband and I loved our photographer, Alice. She was so lovely and easy going, really put everyone at ease, and you never saw her! Literally! The photos we received last week are stunning – well done to your production team!

Venue: Cowbell Creek
Celebrant: Tiffany Egen
Florist: Missy La Belle
Hair: Laura Minogue Hairstylist
Makeup: Keeora Make-up Artist
Wedding Dress: Grace Loves Lace
Cake: Ugly Food and Co
Catering: Monsoon Catering

Currently planning your own Gold Coast wedding? See more of our real Gold Coast weddings here, or get in touch for our wedding photography packages.

THE FIGTREE GUIDE // How to create the perfect wedding day timeline

“What time should I have my ceremony?” – This is definitely one of our most frequently asked questions from couples! So we thought we’d put together a blog breaking down each part of the day, incorporating some of our top timing tips to make sure you have the best day ever!

Ok – so you’ve booked your date and venue and it’s time to start locking in your fave suppliers and putting together your invitations. One of the first things you’ll need to do is decide on a ceremony start time. This will then help you create the rest of your wedding day timeline and determine your wedding suppliers’ arrival and departure times. Here’s where you start…
 

 

1. What time is sunset on your wedding date?
The reason that sunset time is so important to look at before creating your timeline, is so that you can ensure there’s enough daylight for everything prior to your reception e.g. the ceremony, family photos, wedding party and couple photos. There’s nothing worse than feeling super rushed after the ceremony to have all the portraits captured before it gets dark!

As wedding photographers, there is nothing better than shooting your portraits during golden hour. It gives us the opportunity to capture those seriously magical photos with that dreamy golden light. Instead of rambling on about how much we love golden hour (which we totally could do), just take a look at the examples below.

 

 

2. Ceremony
There’s not one specific time of day that works for every wedding ceremony. Your ceremony start time will vary with each season and the sunset time for that time of year. For example, with winter weddings, a 2:00/2:30pm ceremony can work really well to make sure you have enough light for your photos after the ceremony. However in summer, having your ceremony later in the afternoon works best, so you and your guests aren’t getting too hot and sweaty during the ceremony and so we can shoot your couple photos a little closer to ‘golden hour’.

 

 

3. Family and group photos
In the early stages of planning you don’t need to think about this in too much detail. Just make sure that you allow some time after the ceremony for group and family photos, before we head off for your wedding party and couple photos.

When it’s a little closer to your wedding date, we’ll touch base with you and ask for a detailed family photo list, which will include all combinations of photos you’d like with your family after the ceremony. Once we have your list, we’ll then be able to determine exactly how much time we need to allow for this. We like to recommend sticking to less than 15 different combinations so you aren’t spending all afternoon getting family photos. Trust us – it’ll make this part of the day way more enjoyable for you! We can always snap some photos of you with any friends or extended family during the reception.

We also like to give you time to say hello to everyone and give all of your friends and family hugs and kisses before we whisk you away for some location photos. So be sure to allow roughly 15 minutes for this straight after the ceremony.

 

 

4. Location Photos
It’s now time for your location photos, yay! Another question we get asked on the reg, is how much time do we allow for our wedding party and couple photos? We usually like to base this around the 1 hour mark. However, there are a few factors that you may have to allow for e.g. any travel time if planning on going off-site, if you’re wanting to use multiple locations, and the size of your wedding party.

We definitely recommend staying within close proximity to your venue, as you don’t want to spend too much time travelling to the photo location – you’ll want to get you back to the celebration as soon as possible!

 

 

5. Reception
Your venue or caterers are likely the best people to help you out when planning your reception formality timings e.g. entrees, mains, speeches etc. However we definitely have a few tips of our own.

If you’re planning a summer wedding, it’s pretty likely that sunset will be part way through your reception. Which is prime photography time! So something to consider when putting together your reception run sheet, is to try and see if you can squeeze in a 15 minute window to pop out for some sunset photos. This could be while everyone is being seated, while you’re waiting for the mains, or even between meals and speeches. You’ll probably really appreciate this time too as you’ll get to step away from everything and have a moment to reflect on your incredible wedding day!

Lastly, something we think is pretty important, is to make sure you allow enough time to enjoy the party after the formalities so you can let loose on the dance floor! We love capturing those epic party photos!!

 

 

We really hope this has helped you out with your timeline planning process! Your timeline is one of the most important tools to ensure that your day runs smoothly. At Figtree, we have a dedicated member of our team to personally help you create the perfect timeline for your day. If you have any further photography timing-based queries please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at any time – hello@figtreepictures.com.

And if you found this helpful, don’t forget to check out our other tips and advice on The Figtree Guide.