How to Look Elegant in Photos

On your wedding day, you’re going to be photographed several hundred times – after all, you want to have as many ways to remember this day as possible, don’t you? So how do you make sure that you look your best on the photos capturing one of the most important days of your life?

You can’t find your best angles and sides if you can’t see them! Playing around with your mirror is really the best way to see what works and what doesn’t. Practice genuinely does make perfect in this instance. Plus, the more time you spend working on a pose, the more natural it would feel and look on the day.

Your mother was right – slouching is not attractive, and avoiding it could make all the difference in wedding photos. Keep your back straight and your shoulders back, chin out and slightly down to define your jaw. Of course, it can be tricky, especially if you’re not used to it. But you can be sure that that pose of confidence would look fabulous on your wedding photos.

Tips Posing straight back

Even if you know a pose that already works for you, play with different ones! On your wedding day, you’re going to be captured in dozens of photos, both staged and candid. In staged photos, it’s quite easy to freeze up and get nervous, which is why practicing with different poses is so important.

Turn your body slightly sideways to the camera, put one your leg in front of another, transfer weight to the back foot, pop the hip out and smile. Lower your chin slightly. It’s a classic pose that looks good on pretty much everyone because it makes your legs visually longer and emphasizes the dignity of your figure.

Tips Posing long legs

Another tip is to vary turning your head and body. For instance, if you’re looking at a camera directly, twist your body away from it, and vice versa – it’s a good way to diversify your look.

Tips Posing body

If you press your forearms against your torso, it would make them look heavier. It would also make you look slightly stiff, and you should aim to look as natural and relaxed as possible on your wedding day. So, try and create some space between your body and your arms. The best approach is to form an “angle” from your forearm and your torso – not only would it make your arms look more relaxed, but it would also make your waist more defined. Asymmetrical poses are always the most favourable.

Tips Posing forehand and torso

Also, try to avoid having your elbow face the camera directly, like when you play with your hair, for instance. The best way is to take your elbow slightly to the side and don’t hide fingers inside of the hair.

Tips Posing elbows

Of course, since it’s your wedding day, you’re expected to be all about smiles throughout the day. But if you try and force your lips into a grin, it would be obvious. Fake smiles don’t belong in photos depicting the best day of your life. If you really want to depict a smile but for some reason can’t muster it, try opening your mouth slightly and relaxing your face muscles. This trick is being often used in beauty photography.

Tips Posing no fake smile

Remember, you’re at your most photogenic when your body is relaxed. Of course, wedding days can be stressful, which is why it’s important to take a few deep breaths now and then throughout the day. They would help you unwind a little and make sure that your natural beauty and happiness are seen in the photos, without a shadow of anxiety.

Most importantly – enjoy yourself! If this is truly the happiest day of your life, your happiness would shine through. Don’t overthink it too much. We can’t stress this enough – practice makes perfect, so if you’d played around enough, the beautiful poses would come naturally. And natural photos make for the best memories.

Published on: 12/09/2018

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