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How to Prep Your Groom for Portraits

If you’re a bride that is a little anxious about how your groom is going to react to this whole “picture” thing, you’re not alone.

How to Prepare your groom for portraits

Most men aren’t overly excited to take photos for two hours, mostly because they don’t have an expectation of what’s to come and why it’s so important to you. But I have great news for you…. you both are more photogenic than you think! I am constantly surprising couples by discovering their hidden modeling skills and my most common response from Grooms is, “That wasn’t as bad as I thought! It was actually fun.” Boom! Mission accomplished! When the groom says that taking pictures was FUN, I have done my job well!

Your engagement session is supposed to be enjoyable and relaxed (like a fun date night!), not forced or awkward. As you prepare for your shoot, there are a few things that you can do to help your groom know what to expect. 

How to prepare your Groom for portraits

First of all, I highly recommend sitting down with your man for fifteen minutes to educate and empower him. Tell him why you chose me and my style of photography. Show him your three favorite sessions that I’ve done, explain why you love the photos so much and express to him how much this session means to you. This will allow him to gauge what his expectations should be. 

I also recommend that you allow for plenty of time to get to your shoot! There is nothing worse than when a couple shows up late, and they have been arguing in the car! That is definitely going to put your groom in a bad mood! 

Last, but not least, remember to have patience with him, and don’t assume that he’s not going to have a good time… I think you’ll be surprised how much you will both enjoy your session with me! 

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Even though taking photos might not be his favorite thing… YOU ARE! The most common thing I hear from guys before portrait sessions is this: because of a bad experience in the past, they don’t like taking photos or don’t feel like they’ll be good at it. By the time the session is over, though, most guys can’t believe how fast it went and just how much fun they had! Hopefully, be sharing these few quick tips with you, your next session will run smoothly and feel more like a fun date night together!

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