Wedding Advice

3 expert tips on looking relaxed for your wedding portraits

Steve Thio, Contributing Editor for Her World Brides and Her World Brides LUXE, has these few tips and tricks on how to pose and look relax for your wedding pictures.
 

PHOTO: Her World Brides June 2017
With your chin down you will appear to have bigger eyes.

Chin Down

Many brides want to look slimmer and they assume if they lower their face, or chin down, they will appear to have bigger eyes and a sharper chin.

  • If you already have big eyes, lowering your face will make them even bigger and sometimes there will be too much eye white - which is not attractive. Sometimes in an effort to make their eyes bigger, some brides will create furrows on the forehead. So practise your 'chin down' angle in the mirror and try to feel relaxed doing it.  If you have bigger eyes, avoid this pose.
  • Having you chin down without pushing it slightly forward will create double, triple chins! So do the chin down and push the it slightly forward away from the neck. You should feel a slight tension along your jawline, which gives it a better definition .
     

PHOTO: Her World Brides June 2013 
A little tilt of your head to one side effectively softens a pose.

Lengthen your neck

Brides who are uncomfortable taking pictures tend to strike stiff poses that make them look rigid and uncomfortable.  Avoid taking pics with your neck and shoulders ramrod straight and facing the camera

  • A little tilt of your head to one side effectively softens a pose, creating a softer line for your neck and jawline. Remember: its a slight tilt and not a push to one side which can look like your neck is broken!
  • Same if you can shift your weight to one leg with one hip out -this helps give you a more defined waist along with a curvier silhouette. 
  • Instead of facing the camera body front, try standing slightly to one side and rest the weight of your body on the leg facing the camera - this will lower the shoulder facing the camera and give you a longer neck.

See also: WITH EVERY KISS: 9 UTTERLY ROMANTIC WEDDING PORTRAIT POSES TO STEAL

PHOTO: Her World Brides June 2016
Lean your weight against a prop to create a more relaxed line

Propped up

People generally look more relaxed when they are leaning against a prop, or sitting on one. The body weight is shifted to create a more relaxed line and you don't look as posey or stiff. 

  • If you don't have your man to lean on for the shot, find a table, pillar or chair where you can lean your weight against. Remember not to put all your weight against the 'prop' - that only make you look slouchy and loose limbed.  Put just enough weight to change the way you stand in a pose that relaxes your limbs.
  • If you're sitting, avoid sitting straight up; lean against the arms of the chair or sofa for a more slanted and curvier silhouette.

See also: WHAT MAKES FOR A BEAUTIFUL WEDDING PORTRAIT: 4 POINTS TO CONSIDER CHOOSING YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER

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