(Closed) Dresses that do/don’t “photograph well”: how to choose?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
270 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

It absolutely influenced my decision.  I’m only going to wear the dress at my wedding, but the pictures are what comes out of it.  I would be terribly disappointed if the dress didn’t photograph well.  That being said, I would give your dress another chance with a better camera.  Cell phone cameras arent always the best represenation, especially since your photographer will know what he’s doing anyway (unless you have a kick ass cell phone camera)

In deciding on my dress, I considered three things.  

1. How the dress looks on the model in pictures (if its not impressive on her and didnt photograph well on her, no way it would be impressive on me)

2.  how the dress looks in person

3. How the dress looked on my camera.

Post # 5
5075 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

I think professional photography will bring out the beauty of the dress.  If you look at the ‘before and after’ dress threads you’ll see how different some of them look in the pro pics

Post # 6
664 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

This thread brings to memory a huge argument I *almost*  got into with FI’s parents.  I tried on a dress I loved at a store and really wanted it to be the one- they saw  it on cell phone pictures and thought it was too “simple”.  It  really did not help that the sample was really old, not poofy (this was a ballgown!) and not in the color I was going to order.  Plus, the lighting was really bad in the salon.

I kept looking, but showed FI’s parents pictures of other brides in the dress.  They agreed it looked much better in a photographer’s photographs rather than a cell phone shot.  I also took FI’s mother to see the dress in person and she agreed that the dress sample dress wasn’t great.

Bottom line is, do not trust cell phone pictures!


Post # 7
57 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I had this problem too but my dress ended up being stunning in the back when it was the right length and it fit properly.  Was it too long?  That makes a big difference in how it looks.  The designer makes it to fall a certain way, so if it’s too long it won’t hit the floor at the right spot and then looks horrible.  I have a picture from the back that I think looks HORRIBLE, however when I tried on my dress with my heels, and it was the right height, and the right size, it fell beautifully.  Could that be the problem?  That it simply wasn’t falling properly due to the size?  Here is the bad back picture, I of course forgot to take pictures of the good back pictures.

Post # 8
4352 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I think you should also look for pictures of brides wearing that dress for their weddings. It will give you a better idea of how it looks altered and properly photographed. I know it helped me a lot with figuring out if I wanted to get the neckline altered, because I was able to find other brides who had done the same alteration.

Post # 10
959 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@robinsena: You bring a very good point which I never really considered when I went dress shopping :/ When I went dress shopping I took pictures of all the dresses I tried on but I concentrated more on how my body looked in the dresses. I will admit to you that the dress I picked was a dress that I did not like on other brides when I have seen their pictures. However, when I see my pictures I looked and felt great and the dress looked so beautiful. Oh I forgot to mention, we took our picture with a camera….I wouldn’t trust cell phone pics because of the quality.

Post # 11
1346 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I know exactly what u mean!!!

It was especially hard that NO stores here let u take photos!!!! If it wasn’t for myMOH taking steath photos I would have ended up with a dress that made me look pregnant and have a huge ass at the same time!!!

Post # 13
96 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I think that no matter what dress material you choose, a good photographer’s photographs will make the dress look great. Cell phone and digital cameras don’t always do a dress justice. While dress shopping, I noticed this and chose not to go with satin or other shiny dresses because of the way they photographed in pics.

Post # 14
903 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I think if the dress fits you well, what matters more is how good your photographer is. A good photographer will be able to make the dress look good in photos.

Though the suggestion to find professional photos of other brides in that particular dress is good, too. 

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