10 Ways to Look Your Best in Wedding Photographs
2012-04-09 | Kristin Griffin
1. Practice, practice, practice. Schedule an engagement session with your
photographer. Not only will you get beautiful images to remember this
special time in your life, too, you'll have a "dry run" for the big day. Not sure
how to stand, where to look, whether to smile -- test everything out with your
photographer and you'll be more confident on wedding day.
2. Invest in professional makeup and hair. Unless you have a friend who works as a stylist, it's often worth it to have someone pamper you on wedding day. If you don't wear makeup everyday or have a simple style, a professional will help you look your best without going over the top.
3. Take some snapshots after your hair and makeup trial. Do you like the way you look in the photographs as well as in the mirror? Better yet, have your trials done the morning of your engagement shoot. Then you can get the advice of your photographer and see how you look in front of their lens.
4. If you're nervous and not used to being the center of attention, focus on your fiance. Look at each other, share a funny story or secret. Memorable photographs capture precious moments in the day -- take time to remember why you are here and enjoy your wedding! Laughter is a great stress relief.
5. You don't always have to look at the camera. If your photographer wants your attention, they'll direct you. Try looking up at the sky, down at your flowers or new wedding band.
6. You don't always have to smile in the photographs either. It may be hard
to wipe that grin off your face on this wonderful day, but don't force a
smile either. Think about the first time you met your fiance, and let your
expression come naturally.
7. If you're worried about what to do with your hands, ask your photographer
if you can hold your bouquet. Not going with flowers? What about a parasol
or a matching clutch? Ask your photographer for posing advice, if you feel
awkward or uncomfortable.
8. Use props. Cute signs, items that reference your wedding theme or something that represents you can be worked creatively into your shots, and it gives you something else to focus on during the pictures. Etsy.com has some great ideas for weddings.
9. Some poses are more flattering than others. Tip your chin up slightly to avoid the double chin look. If you wear glasses, tilt them down a little to avoid glare -- follow the photographer's direction so it looks natural. Turn your body about 45 degrees away from the camera; you can always look back at the photographer. Tip the shoulder closest to the photographer down slightly and roll both shoulders back so you stand with good posture. Your weight will be on one leg, so bend the knee a little on the other leg -- you'll look like a fashion model! Don't be afraid to give the camera some attitude with a hand on your hip or send a flirty look to your guy!
10. Be meticulous about choosing the right photographer. You should love their style and their personality. Look through numerous full weddings they've shot, not just the "best hits" albums. Talk about the type of photographs you love, and those that make you cringe! You get one chance for your wedding -- make it amazing!blog comments powered by Disqus