Hi! I usually feel the same, but I was surprisingly comfortable with our photographer! I tried to pretend it was just us and act normal - those seem to be the best shots. I recommend just trying to be comfortable with yourself and trying to relax. To feel comfortable, I had my sister do my hair and makeup for me and got to the location early so I wasn't stressed about making it on time. I feel like my tips aren't super helpful, but I hope your photographer is able to make you feel comfortable!
Just took mine and they came out beautiful! I was so scared because I HATE raking pictures but here’s the advice I took that helped: -wear something that is YOU and that you feel confident in. Your pictures aren’t the day to experiment -remember to breath in your pics because in photos if you’re holding your breath it shows and you look stiff -HAVE FUN. Whisper stupid things in each other’s ears and make each other laugh because those photos come out beautiful! -remember that even if you only end up loving one photo, that’s more than you had!
I'd never had my pics taken before like that and my FH is so serious and awkward sometimes I was really worried. It ended up being really fun and I kept pinching him and saying "pretend like you like me" and we'd both start laughing so it led to some cute, genuine smiles and pictures.
Honestly, just relax and enjoy the moment. Our photographer had posed for us to try, and it turned out a lot of it was getting genuine smiles out of us. We ended up with some beautiful shots of us just looking at each other/teasing other. One of my favorites was when he told my fiance to tickle me, and at one point he just got his arms around me with a true smile and kissed my cheek while I'm laughing like crazy. Try and pretend the camera isn't there and it's just you guys.
I agree with PP's, just relax and be in the moment! We'd never had professional photos done together, but our photographer was great. Any good photographer will know how to pose you and make good photos, it's best to just go with the flow and focus on each other
Go on Pinterest and find every engagement photo you like. Having a pose to copy rather than trying new ones or having your photographer pose you all day is better. This also helps you and your fiancé pick what type of photo poses you like. Rather than you feeling uncomfortable or awkward with poses
We took ours last weekend and while we don't have them back yet our photographer emphasized how the less posed we were the better the pictures would be. He'd put us in position for lighting purposes and then tell us to talk to each other and pretend he wasn't there. My FH even enjoyed it and he HATES pictures. He said he liked that it wasn't a "pose and smile" shoot. Along with PP - - just relax. Our photographer started out having us holding hands and walking/stopping from time to time. He showed us the first few and you could feel our anxiety through the camera. After a bit though, we forgot anyone was even there except for us. The tip our photographer gave us was to always shift weight into one leg or the other and nothing to stand "straight-legged" he said it makes you look stiff/tense. Hope that helps!
Try and relax and focus on your fiancee as best as you can and it may not come out as a 'forced' pose. Some of ours ended up looking forced, but we had over 120 photos, so naturally some are gonna come out looking 'meh'. If you're using the same photographer for your wedding too, I've heard/seen a lot of people say its a good way to get more comfortable with the photographer for actual wedding pictures
Good luck! Hope everything turns out amazing for you two!
Your photographer should be able to guide you thru your pics. I personally love candid images and you’ll feel more comfortable as time passes. The first pics are always awk and tense until you break the ice. Make sure you don’t start with your favorite spot in your location. Keep it light and natural between you and fiancé and concentrate on that and they’ll turn out great.
I think it helps being really comfortable around your photographer. Just relax and let your photographer do their job. I had certain photos I wanted to shoot, but she was great at posing us. This photo is one of my favorites. My photographer literally said "okay, jump on his back."
BRING.👏PROPS.👏 That was the biggest piece of advice my friend did in her engagement photos. They brought a bunch of cute things like sparklers, that powder paint stuff, bubbles, and things to pose with. They also made a heart with each of their hands on a tree and gave flowers to each other and stuff. There are tons of things you can do that aren't super lovey dovey and/or awkward. It really worked for my friend, her engagement pics are really fun.