Post # 1
I know this has been written about a thousand times! But, now it’s my turn. lol
I am planning on getting my engagement pictures taken next month(something I originally wasn’t going to do but I got swept up in the trend!) And the womens work is really great, and she’s so inexpensive! $75 for around 70 pictures, doesn’t charge more for outfit changes or more then one location. She’s local even so she knows all the great spots around where I live. So I have zero issues so far with the photographer. My issue is my body type. I have so much tummy area and upper body weight issues, but my bottom half is smaller. I am nervous I will absolutely hate them not because of her but because of me. I am also really into boudoir pictures and she takes some very beautiful ones at a great price. She has worked with plus size women before and the pictures look great. but those women aren’t me…
Someone please ease my mind and tell me my pictures will turn out fine!?! lol
Any suggestions on an outfit type, positioning? I want unique and fun pictures, we’re a goofy nerdy couple and I want to show who we are. I want to have fun. I am just stressed. It’s not a ton of money, but it is money spent and I don’t want it to be money wasted.
Post # 3
I’m plus size also, and I don’t want to get pictures done just because i don’t like being in front of the camera. But i would suggest finding clothes that arent cligging to our mid section, a little flowy. Maybe some pants, like straight leg so your legs wont look smaller then your top…whatever you feel most confortable in, get some spanx….those always help. lol. What I wouldnt do is take pictures of you bending over or sitting down, those never look good. And if you dont like your body, ask her to concentrate more on your upper half, more face pictures. I dont know if im much help because I havent gotten mine done, but just have fun, plus the only person that matters is your fiance, and he already loves you the way you are!!!!
Post # 4
I briefly saw some proofs of our photo shoot and one whole segment is TOTALLY unusable because all you can see is my gut. YUCK! There are some cute ones with a tree between us that hides a lot of my problem areas. Also, I felt super self conscious about the ones where we are hugging because his arms don’t go all the way around and he is so much smaller than me. However, I looked beautiful and had rockin’ makeup so I hope we find a few that we (I) really like.
Post # 5
I just got mine taken last week and I was terrified about what they would look like. I picked what I wore carefully (plus size here as well) – a flowy dress with a long sweater over it (and spanx underneath, of course!) for a sort of indie look. We got our proofs back on Tuesday, I was actually really pleasantly surprised with how they turned out. Yes, there were some shots that were rather unfortunate, but for the most part, I feel good about how I look in them.
One of the reasons I am SO GLAD we did them is that it gives you practice in front of the camera before the big day. I was nervous about it too, but I looked at the e-pics as a way to get comfortable and get to see what works. I know I really wanted to practice kissing so FI and I don’t look silly on the big day.
Try to avoid side shots, as well as sitting down/bending over ones like previously suggested. Also, it never hurts to tell your photographer you are conscious of your body and ask for their advice or guidance in helping you pose to show off your assets and hide the problem areas. One easy peice of posing advice – if you are not a fan of your upper arms, if you take shots with your arms around each other, make sure your FI puts his arms over yours – it will help cover them.
One bit of advice I learned from this and also from being MOH for my sister – try to focus on standing up straight with your shoulders back and sucking in your tummy for the photos. In my opinion it made a huge difference in how I looked.
If you have some, bring props! FI brought his ukulele, which he played and made for some awesome pictures. I also brought a large wooden ampersand that I got from etsy as well as one of our wedding invites. These props as well as carefully chosen jewelry and accessories really added to the photos.
Try not to worry – think of it as a fun test run for the big day. Chances are you’ll come out with at least a handful of awesome photos, if not hopefully many more!
Post # 6
I know how you feel I hate my stomach area and my arms I am not considerd plus size but I am a little chubby. It took me forever to find something ended up going with a flowy sundress with a cardigan. I am sure your pictures will come out great you can let your photographer know before hand your problem areas I know I will. maybe she can find different ways to capture you without showing your mid section. We all have something that works for us your photographer will make you look great.
Post # 7
Thanks ladies! Your suggestions were great! I am probably going to invest the money in buying some spanx. I am planning on getting some pictures taken here (sorry for the big picture) my fiance and I are huge movie buffs, so this historic theater is an awesome setting for our pictures! That makes me a little excited at least. I hope they turn out nicely!
Post # 8
First of all, LOVE LOVE LOVE the theatre idea! What a super cute e-pic that will be!
Secondly, I can TOTALLY relate to you! I am getting e pics also, and my worst asset, is that I’m thick through the middle. No, wait, let’s be honest. I’m fat in the middle.
I would suggest being honest with your photographer, like the women above mentioned. Let them know that you don’t want unflattering full body shots. Esp from the side!!! Concentrate on your faces. It would be good to stand behind things, or even behind your man, but you don’t want it to look like you are hiding. Just go for cute.
I’m so nervous to get these photos. I also carry a lot of weight under my chin. I feel like I have no neck, and in photos, that’s what I see most. Stand straight, and also stick your chin out a little.
I am also getting boudoir photos done. Look at it this way, it’s only for him and he sees you naked (or at least he will soon enough) and thinks you are beautiful. Be yourself and have fun! Check out hipsandcurves.com to check out some poses!
Post # 9
@SconnyGirl: Thanks so much! That site was a nice suggestion also. I was told not to go out and buy a brand new outfit, but to wear something I love and feel comfortable in instead. I want to do a casual look and maybe a little more dressed up look. My FI doesn’t dress up, so I don’t want him to feel any more uncomfortable than he already will. He’s nervous about them too, he isn’t overweight at all, but he has different kinds of body issues that honestly wont be that hard to hide. He is rather reluctant to do any pictures at all, even at our wedding. But I know it will be okay!
Post # 10
I was coming on hereto ask for assurances too that plus sized girls can look good in their e-pics. We did ours this morning and even thou I think he did a good job getting us to relax and things I am worried how I will look in them… The only positive really is that FI is plus sized too so at least I *shouldn’t* look like I dwarf him *fingers croseed*
I was glad to read other pp liked their photos 🙂 I have a loooong 2 week wait until he has finished editing
Post # 11
@ShellVee: Please let me know how they turn out! I’m sure they will look great.
Post # 12
Everyone has e-pics that turn out unflattering, so just know that it’s part of the process and NOT something confined to the experience of plus-size brides.
I am not a particularly photogenic person, I just have very few photos of myself that I like, so I was really anxious about our e-pic shoot. I advise going through photos of yourself and finding any that you like, and show them to the photographer. Also, go to google images and search for engagement photos – in fact, search for plus size engagement photos – and go through them to find any that have poses you’d like to imitate. You can show those to your photographer as well (they WANT the input, since you’re much more likely to be happy with the results!).