There are two types of people in the world: those who take normal photos and those who blink in every single photo ever taken of them.
Ok, that may be a bit of an exaggeration, but if you’re in that second category, the thought of being a bride, groom or part of a wedding party that is about to be photographed can lead to nervous twitches and sleepless nights. When everyone else in the photo looks great, and you’re caught with your eyes half shut, you fear ruining the best photos.
Beyond just bad timing, there are reasons why we blink in photos. Some people have a really subconscious reaction to bright flashes of light and your body automatically forces your eyes to blink as soon as the tiniest bit of light comes out of a flash. Other people will blink more often when stressed, which happens when a camera (and countless eyes of relatives who want to see every shot) is in your face. As well, your eyes naturally blink more often when you’re dehydrated, which could happen during a busy wedding day.
So what do you do when you need to be in those photos (especially if you’re the actual bride or groom?
Here are six easy tricks to make sure you get at least some great photos of your special day.
- Make sure the photographer knows that you blink a lot in photos. Honestly. If you tell him/her that you’re known to blink in photos, and they’ll be able to navigate around that problem. One of the ways they’ll do this is by taking multiple photos fast of each pose. So in the span of a second, they’ll take 3 photos and there is a strong chance you won’t be blinking in one of them. They’ll also be able to adjust lighting so its not directly at you.
- For those really important posed photos (ie: you and your new bride/groom), try the ‘eyes closed till told’ method. Many photographers use this on sunny days where you can’t keep your eyes looking upwards at a bright sky for very long. Essentially what would happen is the photographer sets you up and then gets you to close your eyes. At his command you open your eyes, looking at the camera, and he/she snaps the photo as soon as your eyes open, not giving them the chance to blink. I can honestly say this works well, and you can get some big, beautiful eye-open shots.
- Stay hydrated!!! Make sure you drink water throughout the day. If you’re the bride or groom, tell your wedding party to make sure you drink. They’ll be more able to keep an eye on the time and keep you drinking water. A hydrated body means your eyes don’t need to blink so often.
- Keep calm and have fun. Stress makes eyes twitch and dry out. Before going into any photo poses, take a few deep breaths, and calm down.
- Take a few good long blinks before the shooting starts. In between shots, make sure you blink a number of times to re-hydrate your eyes, so that when you’re in the spotlight you won’t need to blink as much.
- Plan some photos that don’t require you to look at the camera. The basic bride/groom photos of you just standing there looking at the camera are rarely the one you’ll love the most, so plan some good photos that don’t need you looking at the camera, or even may just have your eyes closed!
Header image by Albert Palmer