I asked this question to myself many times before I reluctantly said yes. I have briefly mentioned about my camera-shyness in this post, but I would like to delve a little deeper. Though I loved the idea of being photographed as a couple, I was terrified that it would end up looking fake and orchestrated because of my camera-consciousness.
I was a bundle of nerves when we started shooting; I was too stiff and way too nervous. A high definition camera clearly doesn’t lie, and it was very apparent in the first few pictures we took. But as the day progressed, I started to warm up to the whole idea of being photographed and somewhere along the way, I completely forgot I had two cameras pointing at me.
By the end of the day, I thought to myself, ‘ah, that wasn’t so bad’. I am not going to dole out any major advice on how I got comfortable in front of the camera. All I would like to say is it boils down to who is photographing you. Luckily for us, R’s friends (whom I can now call my friends too) were shooting us and it made a world of difference.
R did contribute majorly by trying to crack jokes and make me laugh, but it was S and V who really made it easy for me by letting me be. Not once did they tell me to loosen up, pose, smile, not blink etc. They just let me be. That helped a lot because had they given me directions, I would have bungled it up. Most importantly, it felt like I got to know them better as they got to know me through their lenses.
So, what I am getting at is, spend some time with your photographer before hiring him/her. Meet them in an informal setting to see if your wavelengths match. Break the ‘official engagement/wedding photographer’ barrier and get to know them on a more personal level. Go out for a drink, if you will. You want someone who understands you as a couple to capture your most precious moments.
On that note, I dedicate this post to S and V for making the day memorable and capturing every frame with love.
PS: If you look at the first slide carefully, there’s a picture of a lady. She played a pivotal role in making R & I roll with laughter because she kept darting nasty looks at us for sitting closely holding hands.