Let’s be honest – I’m not into “posing”. At least, not in the way it conjures up images of wedding photographs from the 80s; stilted, stiff and formal. My style is 100% about real moments and real people – but it never hurts to have a few fail-safe tricks up your sleeve. These tips (in video form above, or written form below) aren’t just good for wedding photos, or for photos in general, but for life in general, and they work for everyone – women, men, young and old. They also come in handy if you’re a guests who’ll appear in photos at a friend or family member’s wedding, or if you’re going to an event where you know the cameras will be out. And realistically, in 2017 when are there not cameras about?
1. Eat well, sleep well, and drink water leading up to the day
Your skin will glow, your eyes will sparkle and you’ll feel less stressed. If you can do this all the time, then you’ll be glowing, sparkly and less stressed all the time – that’s a win!
2. Watch your posture
For lots of us the idea of all eyes on you is a scary one – but your wedding day to shrink into the background with your body language. Good posture can’t be photoshopped! Well, it can – but it’s time consuming and very difficult – so roll back your shoulders, lift your chin and own your body. I’ve never seen a bride or groom of any shape or size look anything less than radiant on their wedding day, so own it!
3. If it bends, bend it
OK, so maybe this one is kind of photo-specific. Bent limbs look longer, leaner and more comfortable than straight ones – that’s why you always see stars on the red carpet with hands on hips, one leg bent or ankles crossed. You don’t have to go for the full starlet pose, because it feels VERY posey, but do keep your joints a little soft. Hold your arms a little away from your torso – arms flat against your sides will squeeze out flat and make them appear larger. If in doubt, hold your arm slightly behind your body – it might feel a little odd in real life but in camera it looks totally normal – plus anything further from the camera will look smaller than the things closer to it. When it comes to legs, keep your weight on one and bend the other. Generally if your weight is on the leg further from the camera, your bent front leg will look long and lean.
4. Don’t forget your hands
5. Cover any areas you’re conscious of
6. Pay attention to your habits