How to look your best in photos
(from a bridal designers point of view)
Let me just start by saying that if you are really nervous of the photo taking on the day, choose a photographer that is really good at candid shots… these are photographers that have a natural gift of seeing when the perfect pose or shot is just about to happen, and then grab it, all while you don’t even realise it happened.
You can find these photographers by looking at their social media feeds and seeing how much of their work is casual non-posed photos…. ideally almost all of it.
Even if you forget most of what you read here on the wedding day, believe me, after about 10 minutes, you will be swept away by all the excitement and love of your big day, not to mention, once a hairdresser and Makeup artist have finished with you, you will look better than you ever have before in your life… now that’s a self esteem boost, and that will show through in all the photos.
So here are my tips for looking your best in photos:
Do pilates or Yoga before the wedding to learn what good posture feels like and practice it.
I can always tell a girl who has been doing ether discipline, because they stand taller and straighter.
Hold your Bouquet LOW.
It will feel a bit funny, because, especially when Brides feel a bit shy and insecure, they tend to hold their bouquets high, up in front of their chests. This hides the smallest bit of the female body (the waist) and makes you the body look chunkier on the top.
My advice is to practice in a mirror before the wedding… Wear reasonable tight clothing, Get anything to hold instead of a Bouquet…a small pillow, a stuffed toy, a t-shirt folded up small etc.
Stand straight on to the mirror, and hold your “Bouquet” low…down in front of your tummy and keep your elbows out a little wide. You want to clearly see your waist in the mirror, Now hold the “Bouquet” up higher on the waist or above, and see the difference.
Know your best angle
Try selfies until you know your best angle… it may be tuning slightly to the left or right (see Kylie Jenner), it might be putting you head down a little (see Lady Di), held up a little high (see Diane Keaton) or with chin pushed forward slightly to make a jaw look sharper (see Dame Judi Dench)
Choose your best stance
Stand with your legs together, or one foot and leg a little infront or the other one (this gives that curvy Hollywood look).
If you feel a little wider than you are happy with, turn slightly sideways to the camera.
Models spend hours perfecting their perfect poses, and you are spending a lot of money on this day and photos, so practice until it feels natural, and stand tall and proud.
The very best of wishes,