Tips for looking comfortable in wedding photographs

Top 10 tips for comfortable wedding photographs

Your wedding photographer is a key decision and will make a huge difference in how your wedding photographs turn out and preserving the memories of the day.

Once you have booked your amazing photographer many people then start to worry about how to pose, not look awkward or how to show their best side, so I’ve put together a few tips to get more natural comfortable wedding photographs.

Talk to your photographer.

comfortable in wedding photographsIn the run up to your wedding day you will have plenty of opportunities to talk with your photographer, tell him/her the kind of pictures you like and what worries you about being in font of the camera.

Other than organising group shots I find I like to be very unobtrusive. One father of the bride who had been observing me all day described me as being like a “ninja sniper”, slipping in and out of the shadows picking people off with my camera.
That was a bit of an extreme example I find this way of working during the parts of the day that people are interacting makes for very natural and honest images.

If there are any specific pictures you want capturing discuss them, this includes going through your list of formal portraits, decoration details, special broaches or heirlooms. Weddings are a one off occasion and you don’t get a second take so make sure your photographer is clear on what images you want, it is your day, he/she is there to do their best for you.

Turn slightly.

natural looking comfortable in wedding photographsDon’t present your body square on to the camera unless you want to look bigger and more imposing, this look can work well for men but is generally not a good look for a woman trying to look feminine and elegant and will not result in flattering wedding photographs.

Lean towards the camera.

looking comfortable in wedding photographsThis sounds counter intuitive if you are worried about having you picture taken but it works, if you’ve followed the first step and you are at a slight angle put your weight on the foot closest to the camera. What ever is furthest to the lens will look smaller, this way your body tapers and makes you look slimmer.

Hands on hips.

comfortable in wedding photographs hands on hipsBy creating a gap between your body and your arms you will look slimmer than you would with your arms to your side, with out the gap the arms add bulk to you and make you look wider than you are.

Create a v with couples.

mytton hall wedding photographsThis works well with the bride and groom as well as any couple or even groups and fits in well with the other points made earlier, you are still facing each other but at around a 45 degree so you can shift your weight forward as above and it has the added benefit if you place the woman fractionally behind the man so his body blocks part of her body and shaves an inch off her.

Not looking at the camera.

bride getting out of car wedding photographsIf you’re not looking at the camera then it’s not there…… No? ok, here’s another good reason.

This can create a nice moody image and help accentuate the eyes and jawline, a common trick is to have the bride looking off at a spot on the floor about 10-15 feet away from the direction her body is pointing and have the groom looking at his bride. this normally has them both looking slightly down.

Be natural.

natural wedding photographsTalk to each other, tell a joke, remember this is your wedding day and your photographer is there to document the day, It’s not a shoot for Vogue. Sometimes weddings do get featured in magazines and it is a huge buzz for both the couple and the photographer, but don’t worry your photographer will only submit images that show his best work and you looking your very best.

Get rid of your bag and phone.

wedding-tips comfortable wedding photographsOk, there are always exceptions, sometimes having your phone in your hand makes for some very natural looking pictures.

Carrying bulky or awkward objects can be distracting in your photographs, a glass of bubbly might work if you want a shot of you all toasting the couple but as a rule think minimal. The picture is about the people and not the items they are carrying.

Work with somebody you like.

comfortable in wedding photographs wedding funI have heard stories of grumpy and even rude wedding photographers, why they choose to photograph people and weddings is beyond me but they do.

Your photographer will be with you most of the day especially if you have booked their coverage for the full day, pick somebody you will get along with and will add to your day.

This is especially important if you are having your bridal preparation photographed, for me it is the best part of the day but it is also quite a personal part too, you want to feel relaxed and comfortable with somebody in the room taking pictures as you are getting your hair and makeup done. For some this might mean choosing a female photographer and I always have a female assistant available for such occasions but I love spending time with the girls before the wedding day.

Have fun.

comfortable in wedding photographs fun wedding picturesDon’t take it too seriously, it’s your wedding day have some fun. The images are for you to enjoy and remember your wedding day, a few dodgy expressions will make you smile in the years to come so enjoy.

A good and well experienced photographer will blend into the background when appropriate and step up to organise people when needed, they will understand the day is about you and capturing your day to the best of their ability.

Never be afraid of telling them exactly what you want from them, of course be polite but it is your day, the more information you give the better your wedding album will look and the more you will enjoy looking back through your photographs with fond and happy memories.

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    How to look confident and comfortable in your wedding photographs

    “Surrounded by beautiful celebrities every day, we are often left in awe at how they master the perfect pose for every picture,” says Steven. “Here’s how to ensure posing for that perfect picture is second nature to you.”

    “To create a beautiful silhouette, the most flattering pose is to stand at angle of up to 45 degrees to the camera rather than front on, as this can help make your figure appear slimmer. Remember to keep your shoulders down and relax, shifting your body weight on to your back foot.”

    “On your big day, your photographer will undoubtedly take a head and shoulder portrait shot. Try to sit at an angle to the camera, with your head slightly tilted towards the lens and leaning to one side. This can help to give the appearance of larger eyes, which together with your smile, are the focal points of the picture.”

    “For me, natural light from a window is the best tool to achieve impressive visual results. Try and sit or stand close to a light source when posing for photographs, this will highlight the features of your dress or suit, while giving a beautiful quality to the picture.”

    “Take some time out with your partner on the day. Let your photographer follow you about, but try to completely forget that they’re there and just talk to each other. This is the first time you will be alone together as husband and wife and it tends to evoke a natural, adoring smile in both parties, which makes for a beautifully intimate picture for the album.”

    Recent research from Invisalign revealed that our smiles are the body part that British men and women wish they felt most confident about, with a shocking 15% of us refusing to smile in photographs.

    Body language expert Judi James shares her expert tips on how to achieve a self-assured, beautiful smile in a few simple steps…

    “If you’re holding a bouquet it’s even easier to bring your arms into the sides of your body in a way that can make you look and feel anxious. This not only makes us look anxious, but it also hides the wedding dress that we spend so long choosing. Take a moment to relax and focus on releasing the tension in your shoulders and letting your elbows fall loose to the side, giving you a more open pose.”

    “Wedding day stress and nerves will tend to reflect in your shoulder position,” says Judi. “When we get tense our shoulder muscles contract, bringing our shoulders upward and our elbows inward to form a protective self-hug.”

    Overcoming nerves

    “In case you find yourself stricken by these wedding day nerves, breathe out, drop your head so that you’re looking at the floor, and relax your features for a couple of seconds. Then breathe in, lift your head up, applying your smile as you do so. Forget everything else apart from the man who is waiting to marry you. Think of something you did that was fun or humorous before the wedding plans began. Smile with your eyes and then allow your smile to work its way down to your mouth, displaying a subtle show of teeth.”

    “When you smile, dip your eyes slightly at the outer corners so they narrow into your mouth, giving you a slight smoulder. The corners of your mouth need to then curve upwards, pushing your cheeks out slightly into the ‘apple’ shape of a genuine smile.”

    “Keep your mouth spread even with a good display of teeth without tightening your top lip, which can imply tension. Essentially the best smiles are the natural and genuine ones, so relax and find a confidence in your smile that will undoubtedly be the best accessory to your wedding outfit.”

    Be prepared

    “To help build your confidence in front of the camera, I always recommend doing a test shoot before the big day,” says Steven. “This gives you two to three hours in front of the camera ahead of the wedding, and the results include beautiful images and a relaxed and confident couple.”

    “I find that couples who aren’t comfortable in their own bodies tend to display these insecurities in the final photographs. For example, people tend to hunch their shoulders to make themselves feel smaller or they tend to give a wiry smile to hide their teeth, which can make them look unhappy despite it being one of the most special moments in their lifetime.”

    The perfect smile

    “Some people invest in non-evasive treatments to help them look their absolute best,” says Judi. “A popular improvement is to include a teeth straightening procedure as part of the wedding day preparations. Many men and women feel very self-conscious of their appearance, and changing a part of them, such as their smile, helps build that confidence in the run up to their big day.”

    Invisalign involves a set of clear, removable aligners which are custom-made to fit snugly over teeth to direct tooth movement. Each aligner is individually designed for your teeth, with a different set worn every 2 weeks to gradually move the teeth into the desired position.

    The Invisalign treatment fits simply and easily into your daily routine, without any fuss or embarrassment to your appearance. With no metal wires or brackets, there’s no need to worry about mouth irritations, as the aligners are comfortable to wear and can be easily removed, meaning if you haven’t finished your treatment before your wedding, you can just remove them for the day!

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