Adventure Elopements + Intimate Weddings by Marie Vanderpool Photography

Staying Comfortable

IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA

 

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AWKWARD IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA?

I hear this often. The reality is that I believe unless if you’re in front of the camera on a consistent basis (model, etc,) you’re not alone- you are not a unicorn in this feeling. The good news is that you don’t have to be a model to have incredible photos. I’m the professional and expert here- I promise that I won’t let you look bad. A strong value I hold is to avoid posing/controlling and all about creating space. Space that nurtures a sense of love, enthusiasm, and acceptance. I’m not here to morph the actions of your day to fit my “artistic vision”. I’m here to give you permission to be unapologetically yourselves. I get comments all the time about how clients look “relaxed, happy, or natural” in all their photos. The reason for this is I don’t interject every few moments to put you into a pose- my core intention when I’m behind the camera on your day is to give you an experience that celebrates the marriage of the two beautiful essences in front of me and in whatever way that looks like for you. I am super passionate about giving my clients a “safe-space” full of love and acceptance. Your only job is to show up :).

HERE ARE A FEW IDEAS TO ENSURE YOU FEEL LIKE YOURSELVES ON YOUR WEDDING DAY


 
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1.) SET AN INTENTION FOR DAY

I believe our intentions are so important with how things unfold for us. It’s empowering to set that intention, realizing that if you go into your day with that mindset, that absolutely NOTHING will effect how it unfolds, even things like a torrential downpour. Some intentions you could set before your day to keep you centered and focused on the good:

To stay in touch with how beautiful our love is

To Have FUN!

To celebrate and nurture the soul I’m marrying while taking time to appreciate and cherish the experience of this day.

Why are intentions important?

I think human beings in general like control. Sometimes things are going to be out of your control- the key to staying in tune to happiness is to let go of those expectations of perfection. With Adventure Elopements in general, things can go awry often. Even if you’re caught in a torrential downpour, you’ll still have your intention- to have fun- you’ll stay open to all possibilities and letting those possibilities bloom instead of trying to control them.

Set the intention and let the expectations go.

 


 

2.)PLAN ACTIVITIES TOGETHER

Planning activities to include in your day is super important. Especially if you’re someone who feels nervous about the idea of “not knowing what to do with your hands”. This gives you the opportunity to interact with one another, instead of focusing on the fact that someone is photographing you and you have no idea if you should gently trace his strong jawline or grab his face and kiss him.

IDEAS OF WHAT YOU COULD INCLUDE:

1.) First Dance or multiple mountaintop dance parties

2.) A mountaintop picnic

3.) Champagne Bottle POP & toast

4.) Show off a specific quirk within your relationship and include that within an activity

5.) Kayaking/Canoeing

6.) Jumping into an alpine lake together

I want to stress that you shouldn’t feel like you need to include a bunch of activities, but I recommend planning some in advance just so you have some diverse images that perfectly embody what your relationship is. Make sure to give yourself plenty of time to experience the quiet moments or the sunrise/sunset you’ll get to experience during the day.

 
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3.) PHYSICAL / EMOTIONAL BOUNDARIES

Here’s the thing…. They don’t exist with me. I promise.

Do whatever you’re comfortable with. I will never pressure you to do anything you’re uncomfortable with. If you get naked- I’m here for it. If that means keeping every piece of clothing on- including your heavy puffy- I’m here for it.

I hope that you realize as well that I hold such a large space of love for you, for your day. I HOPE you let the tears fall and I HOPE you show affection/adoration to your partner in whatever way feels like you- butt gropes, snuggles, or eskimo kisses. This is your day- I’m here to witness your love.


 

4.)ANY IMPULSES? ACT ON IT!

If you get an impulse to dip your significant other and kiss them, pick them up and spin them, or give them a piggy back ride, etc- DO IT. I don’t want any control over your actions of your day, I want it to feel like a day spent with an old friend who accepted you with so much love with your soulmate.

Consider this as permission to break the rules of posing in photography- I personally love a little rebellion ;)

 
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