With more than 12 years experience, here at MG-VISION we have worked with an abundance of brides on their photoshoots for their big day. We’ve inadvertently come across a couple of things, (we wouldn’t say bad habits) but just things that can make or break that perfect picture moment. We have carefully collected our ten top tips on creating the perfect photo to share with you, so you can practice and be prepared for your special day.
Posing in front of the camera can come naturally to some, and for others, not so much. If you feel a little uncomfortable in front of the lense or aren’t sure which way to twist or turn, have no fear – there are plenty of posing tips that can be applied to all brides whether they are wearing a traditional bridal gown or not.
1. Flaunt Those Flowers
Your beautiful bouquet can be more than a stunning accessory on your big day, it can also be your secret weapon when it comes to taking the perfect picture. Hold your bouquet just below your belly button; the action of doing so pushes your arms out and allows them to have a slight bend at your elbow. This avoids unsightly crushed or wrinkled skin. It can also aid in hiding any stomach bloating after your delicious wedding meal.
2. Limber Up Those Limbs
As mentioned in point one, keeping your arms out and away from your body can offer the illusion of a slimmer body and reduces the thickness of your overall shape. Heads up grooms, this can also work for you too.
3. Watch That Waist
If your photographer ever asks you to place your hands on your hips, what they often mean is your waist. If you place your hands upon your waist you inadvertently elongate your legs and also draw flattering attention to the smallest width of your body. Your hips are lower and essentially the widest part of your body. Practice in front the mirror, it’s a quick tip that’s priceless to know.
4. Check For The Chin
The one true enemy of any photo and especially for a bride on her big day; the second chin. Have no fear ladies, even size zero models have one, we promise. If you suffer from the illusion of an additional chin, try pushing your jaw down and out. Do this whilst bringing your neck upward slightly and rolling your shoulders backward. Nevertheless there is a limit as to how far you can do this, and you’ll soon discover when too far is certainly too far.
5. Lessons in Leaning
When leaning backwards or forwards within a tight corset or dress, it’s hard to avoid the unsightly back fat and unflattering double-boob by the armpits (if you’re wearing a strapless dress). It’s important to purchase a dress that is flattering and most importantly fits your body shape correctly.
6. Remember to Relax
If you find yourself tensing up each time a camera is pointed at you then each shot will be guaranteed to show off your rigid shoulders and not to mention you will most certainly be aching by the end of the day. If you’re worried about needing to breathe in for each shot then why not try a pair of control pants (such as spanx) they’re great to enhance your beautiful curves and can hopefully make you relax a little more, knowing nothing unflattering is on show.
We all know how to smile but most brides aren’t very good at disguising a fake smile. A great tip is to laugh just before the photo is taken. If the photo is coming out unnatural or doesn’t seem genuine, just look at your partner and remember why you are both here and why the day is so special to you both. You’re guaranteed to smile!
8. The Notion of Being Natural
We most commonly hear from brides that the natural shots are often their favourite. The photographs where the bride, groom and their guests are naturally smiling and laughing with one another, or when both the bride and groom are captured in a genuine moment of admiration for one another. This type of look cannot be forced, so act naturally and normally.
9. Perfect That Perfect Pose
Most individuals aren’t used to having their photo taken. It’s completely fine to feel embarrassed, shy or even nervous about it. Nevertheless, if you genuinely don’t feel comfortable with what your photographer is asking you to do, then speak with them politely. It’s best to speak with your photographer rather than wasting everybody’s time on a photograph that you would never choose for your wedding album.
10. Practice With Your Partner
Just like your first dance, it’s something that you practice. Photographs shouldn’t be any different. It’s always an idea to practice posing in preparation for your big day and undoubtedly your photographer will more than likely adore you for it! Engagement shoots are becoming increasingly popular not only for the keepsake prospect but also for the chance to practice for the wedding day. They will also save time with posing direction when it comes to the actual day.