The Hitching Post
Tips and tricks to looking amazing in photos (especially on your wedding day!)
Now, I don’t know about you, but I absolutely know I’m not the most photogenic person I know. Whilst it may seem easy for some, taking good photos is something most people need to work at. The photos taken at major life events – weddings, birthdays, dedications, anniversaries – will be looked at, reminisced over and (hopefully) cherished for many many years to come. If they are that important, then we should be taking heed of some of the ways to make sure we put our best foot (and face) forward.
Here’s some things you can do BEFORE a big event:
• Practice smiling – this sounds corny, but practice makes perfect! Photographers want you to look natural — that means being comfortable with your smile and owning it. If having a natural smile is something you really struggle with, then try taping favorite photos of yourself (or celebs on the red carpet) to the mirror and mimicking the poses and expressions. The more you do it, the more natural it’ll feel.
• Whiten your teeth – its pretty popular these days to have your teeth whitened before your big day, if this is something that bothers you.
• Get a manicure – a must for all brides the day before, this will make a big difference in those close-up wedding ring shots.
• Hair and makeup – given your face will be the main attraction on your wedding day, you want your hair and makeup perfect. Have a hair and makeup trial before the wedding day so that you make sure you like the look. Take photos to see how the look translates in pictures. Wear a makeup primer under your foundation to combat extra shine from the camera flash and to keep a matte complexion.
• Make sure you go easy on the fake tan!! Looking orange = the worst. Enough said.
Here’s some things you can do ON the big day:
• Smile with your eyes – connect and engage with the camera. It doesn’t matter if you show your teeth or not. Think about the new memories you’re making and even laugh just for the fun of it. It’s your wedding day!
• Try the classic red-carpet pose – a model trick: Angle your body to the camera so that you’re not getting shot straight on (it creates a slimmer profile), put your weight on your back foot and smile. Practice various versions for what works best for you; then make it your trademark. If you feel you have a “good side,” use it!
• Make your eyes appear larger – lean your chin and neck slightly toward the camera, look up to make your eyes appear larger and raise your eyebrows.
• Elongate your neck – lower your shoulder toward the camera and lift your chin up.
• Don’t press your arms against your body – create a small separation between your body and your arms. This will make your arms look smaller, but defines your waistline, which makes your torso appear slimmer.
• Hold your bouquet at your hip – you don’t want to look like you’re hiding behind your bouquet or blocking your wedding gown. Instead, keep your forearm at a 45-degree angle to make your body look long and lean.
Sonya of Heavenly Weddings is an Adelaide-based wedding and event planner with 8 years’ experience, who was born organised (just ask her friends). She loves to exceed her client’s expectations, making sure every event is flawless – right down to the last little detail.
16/06/2017 / Kit Densley