If you are stressed out about taking thousands of photos on your wedding day, you’re not alone. After all, if you’re not a professional model, you’re probably not used to standing in front of cameras for a long period of time. So, how can you pose for photos that you’ll want to frame up once your special day is over?
Read on to learn about some useful wedding photo posing tips from me, one of the best wedding photographers in Austin, Texas.
1. Find Your Best Side
No one has a perfectly symmetrical face, and while I'm sure both sides of your face are gorgeous, you probably like one side better than the other (even if you don’t know it yet). To find your best side, take some selfies and practice posing with your one side of your face in a different direction. Pick the side that you feel you look the best showing and always pose with your best side looking forward.
2. Always Contour Your Face
Any expert Austin, TX wedding photographer will tell you that taking a great photo depends on the angle. This means that any photo taken with you looking directly into the camera flattens out your natural photos by taking away the shadows that help contour your face. While this doesn’t mean that you can’t look fabulous in a straight-on shot, a small tilt of your chin (either up or down) and a slight turn of your cheek (on your best side) will keep your face looking more chiseled.
3. Mind Your Chin
If you have a round or oval face, angle down your chin carefully (without creating a double chin) to make your chin look slimmer. If you have a round forehead, lift your chin up to create more balance. Alternatively, you can ask a wedding photographer in Austin, TX to create these angles for you without you having to do anything.
4. Smile Naturally
The key to the perfect smile is smiling naturally. When your smile is too large, your eyes will squint and your cheeks will puff out, which doesn’t create the most flattering pose. Instead, make sure your face is relaxed, and think of something that will make you happy, like spending the rest of your life with your special someone.
5. Use Your Tongue
To take better photos, try pushing your tongue to the roof of your mouth. This awkward-feeling post will help reduce the appearance of a double chin and elongate your neck. To make sure you aren’t uncomfortable while doing this post, practice it ahead of time.
Tyra Banks made this term very popular for smiling with your eyes, and it works wonders. When you smile, do you notice that your eyes squint and the corners turn up? When you’re posing, try to do the same. The result will be more natural, happy look, even if you’re not really smiling.
7. Accentuate Your Arms
The key to posing is to keep your arms far away from your body (torso) so that they don’t appear to be too wide when your photo is taken. One of the most gorgeous poses is to simply to put the arm closest to the camera on your hip to accentuate your arms.
8. Angle Your Body
Turn your body at a 45-degree angle to make sure that you're facing the person you're standing next to. This angle helps showcase your body's depth, which, for most women, is more appealing. You can look at some examples of these poses in my portfolio by clicking here.
9. Stand Up Straight
You’ve probably heard this saying before from other wedding photographers in Austin, TX. It’s important to stand up straight so that the photographer can create the perfect angle that catches all of your good sides.
Make sure you’re relaxed and having fun. It’s important for your photos to capture the magic of the occasion, not your pose. Are you camera shy? If so, subtly glance away from the photographer, or just take a few moments with your significant other, and then take a photo. Or when all else fails, have your photographer take a photo with you dancing with your new spouse.
11. Love Your Legs
Even if you’re wearing a dress that fully conceals your dress, don’t forget to show them in your photo. To do this, bend your one of your knees to make sure you don’t look stiff. You can also cross your ankles at your calves to make your legs more visible to make your hips look narrower.
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