Many years down the road, all you’ll ever remember about your own wedding are the memories conveyed by your wedding photos. When you are old and gray, your wedding photos and videos will help you remember what fun time you and your guests had during your ceremony and reception. Posing before a wedding photographer may seem daunting and overwhelming. After all, you are not a professional model. It’s hard to pretend that you are even if you imagine yourself to be.
Thankfully, there are simple ways to make your wedding photos better. Your photographer can hire a jewelry retouching service, for example, to add clarity to your wedding-day jewelry. The photo editor can even make that diamond on your ring shine brighter. They can remove the yellow tint from the stone or the dark spots from the metal.
But you can make your wedding photos better. All it takes is for you to be more comfortable in front of the camera. How can you do that?
Do Test Shots
Demand that your wedding photographers do test shots of you and your partner. These test shots aim to find your angle and estimate the best time of the day to take those golden hour shots. It will also acquaint you with your photographers. On your wedding day, you’ll be more comfortable since you have already worked with the photographers.
As a would-be bride, you’ll have lots of photo shoots—the prenuptial shoot, boudoir shoot, bridal shower, and many others. You shouldn’t worry about your wedding day alone. There are other parties and photo shoots you have to attend. It’s time to take lots of selfies to find your best side. Ask help from your best friend in finding the perfect angle. Take note of what works and tell this to your photographers.
You have to smile with your eyes. Otherwise, your photos will look forced and unnatural. Practice smiling in front of the mirror. Concentrate on how your eyes look when you smile. Cover the bottom half of your face and focus on the expression on your eyes.
Find the Perfect Makeup
Make sure that your makeup artist is someone who can enhance your facial features. Do not hire the “best” in the industry just because many brides have hired them in the past. Schedule a day when you can try on different looks so that you can choose the best one when your wedding day comes.
If you’re a bit on the chubby side, ask your makeup artist to contour your face. Or you can also try different poses—tilting your chin up or down or turning your face to the right or left. This will help make your face look more chiseled.
Have fun. This is your wedding day or the days leading up to your wedding day. You should be a ball of sunshine. You should see all the positive and radiant things about the world. The essence of getting married is to commit yourself fully to your partner. That in itself is a joyous occasion. No matter how awkward you feel posing before the camera, the happiness will radiate from your face.
Don’t worry too much about how your wedding photos are going to look like. That’s what technology is for. Thanks to technology, photos can be altered and manipulated—if that’s your thing. Or maybe these photos will remind you how awkward you are, and you can laugh about it in the future. It’s all a matter of perspective. Enjoy your special day, and all should be fine.