Ignore the photographer
Ok maybe you shouldn’t completely ignore your photographer, but the majority of your photos should be about the two of you. When you look at your wedding and engagement photos, you’ll want to remember how you felt that day, not how you were posed. Unless you’re a professional model, constantly interacting with the camera will cause you to look stiff and unnatural. Interacting with your spouse will make your true self come to life.
Relax! Focus on your significant other. Laugh with them, be lost in the moment with them, and do your best to let everything else fade away. I promise, if you follow this tip, you will have beautiful photos that you love for years to come.
Strut your stuff.
We all want to highlight our best features. The best way to do this is to bring any part of your body that you love or want to highlight, closer to the camera.
Love your eyes? Lean your head slightly towards the camera and tilt your chin slightly down to cause your eyes to open more.
Love your hair? Make sure it’s blown-out or nicely styled and stays more in front of your shoulder than behind.
Love your shoulders? Don’t be afraid to throw a little sass at the camera and do some cute over-the-shoulder poses!
Want to show off your waistline? Make sure your hands aren’t ever flat by your sides. Bring your arms and elbows ever so slightly away from your waistline so the camera can clearly see it.
Be your own Photoshop!
This tip is exactly the opposite of the tip 2. Any parts that you want to downplay or that you want to appear slimmer should be moved away from the camera. Objects that are farther away from the camera are perceived smaller than they are.
Want slimmer arms? Be sure to always have a slight bend in your elbows and bring your elbow towards the back rather than out to the side.
Not a fan of your hips? I hear ya girl! Just stand slightly sideways instead of dead-on to the camera and lean on your back leg (causing the one closest to the camera to bend). Not only will this make your hips appear smaller, but you’ll love the sexy curve it gives your whole body.
Chin out NOT up or down!
This may be one of the biggest mistakes I see people make in wedding and engagement pictures. Many people want to avoid having a double-chin so they lift their chin up. All that does is show the camera more of the neck you’re trying to hide. Occasionally, people will do the opposite and tilt their chin down. Unfortunately, this can emphasise any extra neck skin.
Try This: Pretend you’re a turtle and pop your head out of your shell. Try to create as much space as possible between the front of your shoulders and the back of your jaw, almost like a chicken does during his cluck-cluck head bob. Bringing your face closer to the camera while keeping your body and shoulders where they are may feel completely weird, but it will make you look amazing!.
Like & trust your photographer
You may not have thought about this before, but your photographer is the vendor that you spend the most time with before, during, and after your wedding.
Not only do you have to trust them with your precious wedding memories and trust that they know all of the above secrets to make you look amazing, but you should like them too!
Imagine (or actually do it!) going out for coffee or a drink with your photographer (I'll even pay for your coffee). Do you think you’d like hanging out with them? Does he or she seem like a person that can handle stressful situations with ease and grace? If so, then you’ve struck gold!.
Our little secret!
Oh and by the way Here’s a secret that no one will tell you. Your wedding photos are not for you.
Sure you’ll enjoy them, hang them on your walls, and relive your wedding day while sipping on champagne and eating the rest of your wedding cake on your first anniversary. But there’s more to it than that.
Your wedding photos are for your children to discover one day. For your grandchildren to learn how your story (and theirs) began.
They’re part of the legacy that will forever live in your family. I hope you will want me to create that legacy for you and make you look amazing too!.
Thanks for looking in on this little "Quick tips" site - I hope you find it really helpful and find at least one of these tips useful on your big day.
I've been running my business for over 18 years now and I am convinced I have the best job in the whole wide world - how many other people get to share the biggest day of two peoples lives on a regular basis. It is really a massive privialge for which I am so so so grateful for!
These tips are based on careful observation of people at weddings. Given that I observe more weddings in one year than most people do in a lifetime I think these little tips will really make a difference
I'd LOVE to get to know you a bit please do feel free to tell me what you think of each of these tips and which of them you find most helpful
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