Tis the season of weddings galore, and if you are between the ages of about 27 and 35, you probably have a fair list of weddings on the docket to attend within the next year or so! And with this exciting time comes the joy of finding the perfect outfits to wear and accessories to invest in.
But because we live in such a digital age, this also means that you will undoubtedly make an appearance in multiple photos, both professional and non-professional. So how can you ready yourself to look your best? Contrary to what you may be thinking, it doesn’t actually depend on which outfit you choose or how your hair and makeup looks (although that is part of the look itself), but rather it comes down to knowing how to best pose yourself and pose with your partner.
While the wedding photographers will have time to teach the wedding party and wedding couple the most photogenic poses, you will have to come ready with this knowledge ahead of time. But have no fear because this is exactly what we’re going to help you with today by providing 3 quick tips to achieve more flattering photos of you as a wedding guest.
Tip #1: It’s all about weight. No, this has NOTHING to do with your actual weight but rather it has to do with how you balance your weight when being photographed. We tell our couples and individuals to shift their weight onto one leg or another depending on the pose. Whatever is closest to the camera will always look the largest, so with this in mind, if the person taking your photo is standing directly in front of you, turn your body so that the front of your body is almost perpendicular to the photographer, and shift your weight to your back leg while you lightly bend the front one. This will give your body a beautiful, natural shape. Take a look at this example below. The pose on the left is the pose that couples normally fall into naturally. With just a slight tweak in the photo on the right, her shape is much more natural and beautiful.
Tip #2: Time to Break up with the ‘V’ Pose. Whenever my camera or phone comes out to take a photo of a couple, before I say anything about posing, the couple usually defaults to a ‘V’ – shaped pose. And while this is on the right track, there is a subtle tweak that can help flatter both partners even more. In the example below, I told our model to turn her belly button so that it lined up with her husband’s hip bone. I then told her to place her hand on her waist (not hip!) to provide more space and thereby help define her beautiful shape. I told her hubby to connect with his wife but to also keep his shoulders a bit more square to the camera than his wife’s, making his chest appear broad and strong. It’s an easy fix that will make you love photos of your cute and in-love selves even more, we promise!
Tip #3: Cross-eyed Close is Key. If you are wanting to show a bit more of a connection with your partner and get a little more romantic, then photos looking at each other are the way to go. However, when you simply turn toward each other naturally, it always appears that your heads are farther apart on film. To mitigate this we often tell our couples to get “cross-eyed close,” which results in both a romantic, more connected pose and more often than not, giggles and natural smiles as your partner seems to become a Cyclops.
Overall, what is most important in photos is to relax and have confidence in your naturally beautiful self. And if you attend a wedding or event without a partner, have no fear because tips 1 and 2 are easily adaptable to being photographed alone as the same principles apply: don’t face the camera square on and place your weight on your back leg/hip; for dimension and space, add a hand on your waist or even the top of your thigh (so long as there is space between your arm and the side of your body to accentuate your natural curves and shape).
We hope that you enjoy this exciting season in your friends’ and families’ lives, and if you yourself are planning your own wedding, we would love to connect to help bring your vision of your special day to life.