Not everyone was born to be in front of the camera. But everyone can look like they were on their wedding day with the right photographer. On this episode of Bridechilla, I talk with Cavin Elizabeth', an international wedding film and digital photographer based in San Diego about how to feel more comfortable in front of the camera. During our conversation, Cavin gives tips on choosing the right photographer, how to pose, who should do your hair and makeup, and how to treat your photographer and other vendors right.
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It all starts with a good relationship
Many brides and grooms don’t feel comfortable in front of the camera. Perhaps they feel like they don’t photograph well. It’s even harder when the camera is being used by someone you don’t know. Cavin Elizabeth says the foundation of success for a photo shoot it trust and relationship. She suggests using the same photographer for engagement photos and wedding photos. This will build trust and help you better understand how the photographer works. Trust puts the couple at ease and makes them look more natural which makes for fabulous photographs.
Strike a Pose
Let’s be honest, posing for pictures can be really awkward. How should you stand? Where do you look? Where do you put your hands? But posing is important if you want great photographs. And we aren’t talking about those weird prom poses. The goal is to look natural and organic. Cavin says that from her experience, most couples need coaching and direction for how to pose. Choose a photographer who will guide you and help you look the best while you strike a pose.
Being confident in your hair and makeup
Who is going to do your hair and makeup on your wedding day? Hiring a professional hair and makeup team can make a huge difference not only in your confidence but also in the way you photograph. However, not all hair and makeup artists are created equal, and photoshop can only correct so much. Cavin Elizabeth encourages brides to choose wisely when it comes to picking your hair and makeup artist.
Tips on Tipping
During our conversation, Cavin Elizabeth gives great advice on tipping. Often, couples fail to consider tipping their vendors at the wedding. However, in many cases it is both expected and appreciated. Cavin breaks down three categories of vendors based on their approach to tipping. She also encourages couples to allow the wedding planner to help hand out the tips so you don’t forget or have to be concerned about that while enjoying your wedding. Hear more tips and advice on how to make your wedding the best it can be on this episode of Bridechilla.
- [0:42] Introduction of Cavin Elizabeth, wedding photography from San Diego, CA.
- [3:05] Cavin’s background and style of photography
- [5:46] Lessons Cavin is learning while planning her own wedding
- [10:16] Tips on how to feel more comfortable in front of the camera
- [13:11] How Cavin works with people to help them feel confident with being photographed
- [21:16] Posing is a fabulous when it looks organic and natural
- [26:14] Finding a hair and makeup look that photographs well
- [34:50] Cavin gives tips for tipping
- “Bride’s and groom, please respond back to the photographer.”
- “The only people that have not photographed amazingly on the wedding day are people that just don’t smile, ever, and they look sad all day.”
- “One of the foundations of success for getting a couple to feel comfortable in front of the camera is trust and getting to know the photographer.”
- “Posing is not a dirty word. It’s actually a fabulous thing.”
- “I refer people who are nice to me, nice to my clients and are good at what they do and have work that photographs beautifully.”
Meet This Episode’s Guest
Cavin Elizabeth is an international wedding film and digital photographer based in San Diego. She operates a boutique studio with a focus on personal connection that makes couples more at ease while being photographed for their special day. This gives Cavin’s picture a natural, authentic and romantic look. She also wrote a book entitled A Bride’s Guide to a Picture Perfect Wedding that teaches brides how to get the most out of their wedding photography and have magazine worthy images.
Show image by Cavin Elizabeth