UK-based model and fashion and bridal bogger Jen Brook, wrote an article to all brides-to-be on how to get the perfect wedding pictures.
She has tips on posing, preparing for your photo shoot and all the details in between!
Here are Jen Brook’s wedding picture tips for bride-to-be’s:
Posing for the camera:
#1 Where to hold your flowers: Aim for just below belly button level. Not too high and not too low. This pushes your arms out with a slight bend at your elbow, and acts as bonus stomach coverage.
#2 Separate limbs: Keeping your arms away from your body also slims down the thickness of your overall body shape through illusion. This works for men as well as women, although it is less noticeable in a suit and limbs may need to be brought out more obviously.
#3 Find your waist: When your photographer says “put your hands on your hips”, what they actually mean is your waist. By putting your hands on your waist you elongate your legs and draw attention to your smallest width. Whereas your actual hips are far lower and essentially the widest part of your figure.
#4 Push your Chin Out: The brides enemy is her second chin, even the size zero model has one hiding, I promise! Practice by pushing your jaw down and out, whilst stretching your neck and rolling your shoulders back. Obviously there is a limit on how far and you’ll know when too far is too far.
#5 Leaning: if you lean forwards or backwards in a heavily boned corset, it’s hard to avoid back fat and fold-over of the armpits in a strapless dress. It’s really important to find a flattering dress that fits correctly for this reason and tailored to your shape. Try to ensure you can dictate to it where you are wanting to lean, rather than the dress staying in one place and you going in another.
#6 Relax: Easier said than done I know, but try to let your face and shoulders relax. If you tense up each time the camera points at you then every shot will show your shoulders around your ears and your bones will be aching by the end of the day.
#7 Smiling: it sounds really silly to say practice smiling, but hey if it releases good endorphins and makes your life a little better then by all means please do! I’ve found that I can’t disguise a fake smile very well, so I try to do a little laugh before the shot to avoid the typical school photo forced face. If all else fails, just look at your other half and remember what a happy day it is!
#8 Don’t always look to camera: It’s often said by brides that the natural shots are their most favorite. The best ones are where you and your guests are naturally smiling and joking together, or when you as a couple are caught in a real moment of love.
#9 Pose appropriately: If your photographer has you doing something that you really don’t like, then do tell them. Most people aren’t used to having their picture taken, so it’s ok to feel shy and a little bit embarrassed at first. But if you really do detest what they’re suggesting, then just have a quiet word and they will move onto the next shot quickly instead of wasting both of your time on something you won’t choose for your album.
#10 Practice with your partner: Just like you would for the first dance, it’s ok to practice posing in preparation…and your photographer will probably love you for it! Pre-wedding engagement shoots are a wonderful way to get some casual and natural shots of you both together and will save so much time with posing direction on the actual day.
Adapted from: Fstoppers