My job, as a wedding photographer, is to meet total strangers and make them feel at ease within 5 minutes of meeting them.
I have been a wedding photographer for over 13 years and, I am not going to lie, it took me a little to be able to understand how to do this since I was an introvert. How would I get two people to trust me enough to be themselves in front of me, when normally all couples hesitate with pictures because they feel like they are “awkward”. As simple as this may seem, the #1 thing for me was to be myself true authentic self in front of them and talk about things they can relate too. Those two things will change your nervous couple into feeling like they have known you for years and will do anything you ask because they trust you.
I am a firm believer that wedding photography is 80% personality and 20% skill. If you have the latter without the former, your clients will not be comfortable and it will show in their photos. If you have the former without the latter, your images will still look great, but they won’t have that “x-factor” or “pop” that separates good wedding photographers from simple and plain. You will always want to highlight your two persons in the photos, and to do that…they need to feel at ease and trust YOUR process.