5 top tips to look beautiful in your wedding pictures

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 5 top tips to look beautiful and natural in your wedding pictures

How to look beautiful in your wedding pictures?

It is entirely natural that on your big day you want to look amazing, not to mention making the most of your professional wedding photographer!

There are so many different moments to capture on a wedding day: from the candid, natural moments of the bride and groom getting ready, to the ceremony, the couple portraits and the formal group shots with family and friends. And let’s not forget the dance floor, which is normally where the best of people come out!

As a documentary wedding photographer, I believe that there is something magical about capturing authentic and candid moments in a natural and artistic way. The expression may only last for a fraction of a second but the image and our memory of it can live on for a lifetime. This is why I prefer this type of shots.

However, I know that some formal family and group shots are often required so a bit of posing is necessary. I would like to share 5 top tips to in wedding photography to get the best out of you.

1 – Bride: how to stand for the camera and look beautiful

  • Turn your body to an angle. turning sideways makes you by default look skinnier while standing at a straight angle widens your body.
  • Put your weight on one leg and your body will naturally curve to an s shape
  • You can also put a hand on your hip but keep your arms away from your body. The gaps between the arms and the body will make you look thinner.
    press your arms close to your body. Here more examples.
  • keep your chin up and out slightly more than you normally would avoid a double chin.

2 –Groom: how to look cool

  • Hands in pockets
  • arms crossed with shoulders relaxed
  • fixing tie with one hand
  • Shoulders should look as broad as possible
  • keeping the shoulder closer to the camera (leaning a bit forward) mill make appear the waist smaller
  • If you sit avoid placing your feet perfectly apart. You could rest one hand on one knee while leaning forward.

 3- Groups: how to show affection and connection

Show point of contacts with your hands within the group, overlap slightly with each other to avoid standing at 180 degrees. Embrace each other or simply rest your hand on someone’s shoulder. The more points of contact there are, the more connection and affection will come across in the picture

4 – Avoid fake smile!

In groups, maybe the photographer or any guest could entertain say something funny to make you smile for real. Try to Interact with each other, this will make of a posed image a candid shot!

5 – Bride and groom: how to show your love

Try not to look at me, I am just a photographer! Look at each other. I will gently guide you. Bride relax your hands, and place them softly on your husband’s face, on his armour on his neck. Groom, hold your bride’s waist or place your hands on her hips. Hands are incredibly important in body language! Look at each other and sort of pretend that I’m not there and act in fact like 2 people who love each other and just got married, but please don’t stay still like statues. Move, talk, laugh together and the photographer will do the job

I am Francesca, the owner of Piccolino Photo Studio. I am a documentary-style photographer based in Beckenham and I cover London, Kent, Surrey, Sussex. If you would like to have a chat with me or ask for advice, please get in touch via e-mail hello@piccolinophotostudio.com or through my website:  www.piccolinoweddings.com

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