Whether you’re having a church wedding or civil ceremony, and opting for a reception indoors or outdoors, your wedding photographs are an important part of capturing the story of your wedding day. It’s a tale that you will look back on for years to come, which means no matter how much you love, or loathe, being in front of the camera, you’ll want to look your best on your wedding day.
From the camera shy to the overly confident, couples come in all forms. Make sure you work it on your wedding day whatever your look, personality or confidence levels with these top posing tips.
Practice the basics
Posing is a thing that many people struggle to do. We’re not all professional models! Even catwalk stars practice the basics though. While both sides of your face are gorgeous and radiating that coveted bridal glow, everyone has a best side. Guarantee the best version of yourself is captured by practicing the things that come naturally in the run up to your big day, as model Jen Brook details:
“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!”
Use every part of your face
Don’t forget smiling isn’t just done with your mouth. Take a hint from Tyra Banks, the supermodel who first coined the term, and practice your ‘smize’. It’ll help you nail the art of posing for your wedding day and all the honeymoon selfies that follow. When practicing and having your photo taken on your wedding day, use every part of your face. Angle your chin to complement your face shape, push your tongue to the roof of your mouth to elongate your neck, and turn your cheeks to guarantee a more chiselled look.
Work everything your mother gave you
Your body is a tool that should be used to your advantage in your wedding photos. But without the right poses and posture you can look limp, particularly if, like many brides and grooms, you’re not used to having your photos taken professionally. Embrace more flattering poses, using your arms and legs. Remember to practice them beforehand to make them feel more normal on the wedding day itself.
Forget posing and just relax!
It is often the natural shots that provide the most real and memorable interpretation of your big day, so do away with extreme posing and relax. The posing tips mentioned above will no doubt improve your posture and appearance, but by relaxing you can let nature do the hard work and get caught up in the magic of your special day.
Booking an engagement shoot in the run up to your big day is another step to helping the most nervous and camera shy brides and grooms feel more relaxed in front of the lens. Discover all the benefits of having an engagement shoot.