If you’re feeling nervous about your wedding photos, then we have some top tips to help you feel more at ease in front of the camera…
Okay, first things first – try to relax. We know it’s easier said than done, but one of the quickest ways to immediately improve the look of your wedding photos is to warm up to the camera. If you’re feeling nervous or giggly, then take a few deep breaths, or ask your photographer for a moment. A good photographer will know how to put you more at ease, and will help you avoid that ‘deer in the headlights’ look!
Although your first instinct may be to stand straight on to your photographer, it’s nearly always more flattering to tilt your body slightly so you’re at more of an angle. It’ll make your waist look smaller, and give your body more of a visually pleasing line. Practice the ‘red carpet’ pose that celebs always use – body angled at 45 degrees, one foot in front of the other, with one hand on your hip.
Find your best angle
Angles don’t just work for your body – they work for your face, too! Tilting your chin slightly up or down can help change the look of your jawline, and turning your head slightly to the side can give you a more flattering profile. Your photographer will be able to advise you here, but our top tip is to practice with selfies beforehand to find a look you like.
Watch the bouquet
Instead of holding the bouquet straight up in front of you with both hands, try holding it to the side, at your hip. It’ll stop your shoulder hunching, and won’t hide the dress! If you want a front-on shot, then be aware to hold your upper arms slightly away from your body to avoid squashing them and making them look bigger.
How is it that smiling in front of a camera can be so tricky?! You want to make sure that your smile is natural and reaches your eyes, to avoid that fake posed look, but equally, a full-on grin can hide your eyes and make cheeks look larger. To get the perfect balance, open your mouth slightly, pop your tongue behind your front teeth (trust us!) and think of something that makes you genuinely happy – like the fact you’re going to spend the rest of your life with your new husband!
Laughter always looks fantastic in wedding photos, so don’t be scared to ham it up and fool around with your groom a little in the photos. Even if it feels ridiculous at first, starting with a fake laugh can quite easily turn into a real one! If you’re really nervous, have your funniest bridesmaid or family member stand off-camera to chat to you – you’ll immediately relax a little more and get some good natural shots.
As always, practise makes perfect! If you feel uncomfortable in front of the camera, then booking an engagement shoot with your wedding photographer will help you to get a feel for their style, as well as practise posing – plus you’ll get some gorgeous images out of it! If an engagement shoot isn’t in the budget, practise by taking plenty of selfies with these tips, or get a friend to take some shots of you and your h2b!
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