3 Calming Techniques for Wedding Photographers
Shooting weddings can be particularly stressful since you’re dealing with the opinions and ideas of more than one person, plus you want to make the photographs as beautiful as possible since this is a once-in-a-lifetime event. Here are 3 simple ways to deal with the stress that might come on wedding days:
Breathe. Did you know that breathing is one of the simplest yet most effective ways to lower your stress and anxiety? Here are three techniques to use:
Deep abdominal breathing.
- Inhale, puffing out your belly. Gently bring your breath up through your rib cage, then all the way up to your chest.
- Slowly start to exhale, reversing the process. Exhale from the chest, allowing your rib cage then your belly to gently go down and your belly button to go back towards your spine.
Use the same breathing technique as above. Count to four as you inhale, then count to four as you exhale. Or you can count to eight as you inhale and eight as you exhale.
As you inhale, puff your belly out, bringing your breath all the way up to your chest while counting to 4. Hold your breath for 7 counts. Exhale from your chest, allowing your belly button to go back towards your spine as you count to 8.
Affirmations are statements used to bombard your subconscious mind with the thoughts, images, and feelings you’d be experiencing if your goal (of calm in this case) was complete. They are great to use in the moment if you need them, and you can also use them in the days or weeks leading up to your wedding shoot. A few for creating calm are:
- I choose peace over worry and anxiety.
- I am centered, I am calm, I am at peace.
- I got this.
- I inhale peace and exhale overwhelm.
- Calmness washes over me with every breath I take.
3. Be in the moment.
Mindfulness is the intentional yet gentle effort to be present with your experience in a nonjudgmental way. It means living in the moment and being right here, right now with a conscious, purposeful awareness of the present moment.
Practicing mindfulness lessens your stress and reduces over-thinking. Some ways to be in the moment while shooting your wedding are:
- Focus on what you’re actually doing when you’re doing it (instead of thinking about edits, for example, or what people will think of your photos).
- Pay attention to how you feel and any stress signals (like hunched shoulders or clenching your jaw). If you’re feeling tense, try a calming technique.
- If/when you have a break, take a few deep breaths, focusing on your inhales and exhales.
Whether you’re experiencing stress and anxiety before or during a wedding shoot, these tips will help you stay calm and centered so you can do your best work.