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How To Pose For Wedding Photographs

How To Pose for Wedding Photographs

So, tell me, how far away is it now until the biggest and best day of your lives?

I’m going to assume that you have everything but the final preparations sorted and that all you need to do now is wait… and pray for good weather. From the finest details to all the big decisions you’ve had to make along the way, I hope the culmination of it all more than satisfies your imagination. When it comes to living the day however, here is a fun guide to how you can make my life as your wedding photographer easier and for you to enjoy your day without worrying how your photos will turn out. Follow these tips and I promise whether you love having your photo taken or not that I will capture you in your best light and during your day even the most camera shy will be loving every moment.

Before we begin, one of my favourite blogs “Rock and Roll Bride” did something similar here, and if you haven’t came across this blog before on your wedding inspiration travels I encourage you to check it out immediately after this post.

As a wedding photographer, my particular style is very natural and free. I try to refrain from over-posing and make it my aim to put you at ease and take advantage of those real and special moments no staging can beat. Therefore, this guide for you is ideal for how I work.

Contextualising aside, enjoy the best day of your lives and remember: try not to blink…

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Yeah, we’re usually the ones behind the camera, but we love a bit of silliness in front of it too from time to time! Here we have composed the essential do’s and don’ts of posing for the camera. You don’t need to over think it, just allow the following to seep into your consciousness.

Legs/Feet

Don’t

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image-4I am cursed with short, rather stumpy legs and so if you are like me, it is a good idea to create the illusion of longer legs. Bending one leg and putting all your weight on the other will create a lovely shape to your figure. If you shift from one leg to the other, it will create variety in your entire body too.

Hands

Guys, it’s your turn! When a camera is pointed in your direction, you can instantly freeze up and knowing what to do with your hands suddenly becomes an issue.

Don’t

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image-6Make use of your pockets, it will feel natural and looks great in photographs!

Arms

Ladies, many of you worry about how your arms will look in photographs, but there are some very simple tips to make sure your arms look lovely and slender in photographs. If you push your arm against your body,  the tops of your arms will naturally look bigger.

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By creating space between your arm and your body, your arms will naturally look slender. Go ahead and try out some different ‘hands on hips’ poses in front of the mirror!

 

Again for guys, it can be difficult to know what to do with your arms, usually I would suggest you place them around the waist of your beautiful bride, however if you cross your arms, you can look suave, which is great for photos with your best man and ushers.

Don’t

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Keep your arms relaxed when they are folded, or you may look a little uncomfortable in photographs!

Waist

Girls, your waist is one of your best assets, so make sure you show it off!

Don’t 

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Posture

Having good posture really does make a difference, so lads, please stand up straight :)

Don’t

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Sat Down

Again, posture is important when sitting down in photographs. You can really play around with your poses when sitting down, be it on a bench, on a step or sat on your man’s knee!

Don’t

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Neck/Chin

It’s all about the angles! To avoid awkward double chins, keep your chin raised (but not too much!) and slightly turned away from the camera.

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Too much of the side of your face can look a little odd, and everyone has their ‘better side’, so play around in the mirror with turning your head towards and away until you find your best angles.

Don’t

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Smile! 

Many people say they hate to show their teeth when they smile, but I honestly believe you cannot show an authentic smile without showing a few teeth!

Don’t

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It’s my job to capture those real smiles, however I doubt there will be any fake smiles on the happiest day of your life!

Remember, we will be there to guide you through your wedding portraits, keeping things fun and natural and always making you feel at ease in front of the camera.

And for those in between moments, we will capture those too!

Now, grab your partner and stand in front of a full length mirror. If you don’t have one, take to a clothes store or shop front and practice those poses. Feel silly?… Good! It’s all about loosening up and having fun together so that I can do my job to its best! Rest assured I am always here to help you along the way, but I promise you, with a little forethought and practice you will be abundant with confidence on your wedding day. Don’t make our self inflicted ridicule amount to nothing haha. Please let us know thoughts below and show us your best poses (or worst) :-D .

2 Comments on How To Pose For Wedding Photographs

  1. julia
    September 4, 2013 at 8:25 pm (4 years ago)

    fantastic people and amazing photographers x

  2. Cathy
    November 15, 2013 at 6:07 pm (3 years ago)

    Looks like the lovely Salford Quays in the background as well

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