Post # 1
So….I was sitting here thinking about wedding photos. I am 5’8.25″ and am a plus-sized bride..size 18/20…sometimes 22. My FI is 6’4″ and slender (think basketball player). I don’t want to look HUGE beside him and I wonder if there are any particular poses I should have the photographer have us do…so that I won’t feel like a roly poly beside my FI. He think’s my short (I love that he calls me short) roundness is very beautiful but I want to make sure that beauty translates itself to our photos.
So…plus-sized brides…how did you approach this with your photographer and how did your photos turn out??
Post # 4
I don’t consider myself “plus sized” in my head, but by industry standards, since I’m a size 12, I am. I have lovely child bearing hips and strong thick thighs (haha I’m trying to get on the “talk nice to my body” train!) and I’ve found that when I stand side-by-side with FI I look weird next to his stick thin legs and little hips! I’m a spin class a-holic which just makes my thighs thinker, and he’s a road bike a-holic and his legs just keep shrinking and shrinking!!
I really like to stand on his left side, with my hand up on his chest, kind of like I’m showing off my ring, and my body turned sideways. It works well to hide how much wider I am than him on my lower half, and with my arm not laying against me, it makes my arm look thinner, too!
That’s just one suggestion I have for full body shots….of course none of us ladies need help with our faces…too bad photos can’t all be head shots! 😉
Post # 5
@firemanslady….amen! I have 21 days. I can make sure the make-up is as close to flawless as I can get it…the hair, the grooming etc. But the most I can do in 21 days is lose about 6 to 8 pounds and weight train to tone it up. The curves aren’t going anywhere though. So I want to make the most of them. I think I did a good job picking a dress that accentuates the positive…I just want to make sure the photographer gets my “good” side
Post # 6
I would suggest not doing too much weight training if you want to be “thinner” in 21 days. While it’s true that you burn more calories with muscle, it’s not good to bulk up under what you want to lose. I got really bulky a while back when I was weight training, and I was so upset because while I was a size 8/10 I couldn’t fit in any pants because my thighs/stomach were really much larger than they had been.
If you want to do some low resistance elliptical training, that’s a good idea. And walking uphill will work on toning also, without the bulk up!
Post # 7
@firemanslady….good advice. I positioned my treadmill right in front of my TV and that’s where I will be watching my favorite shows from now until we leave for Jamaica.
Post # 8
I would say that avoiding shots from below since they tend to be unflattering. That angle makes people appear larger and also exposes the chin/neck area more- which I dislike. Eye level camera shots and even camera above you are good angles to mention if possible because you appear smaller.
Also another trick I learned for arm flab ladies- when posing- (especially if holding your bouquet with both hands), I like to make sure my upper arms aren’t resting against my torso- which flattens the arm even more. So I *very slightly* raise them away from my body so the flab is not pressed up against you. But make sure you don’t overdo it and raise them too much as it may look robotic and unnatural.
Oh and remember to stand up straight during the ceremony! When you face your groom, some of your pics and the view from your guests will be looking at your side profile. I know that when I don’t stand up straight an hunch over, my belly is emphasized. I wish I had thought of that before hand.
Play with your face/body angles, everyone has different angles so find a few that you like in other pictures of yourself and in the mirror beforehand. Even a slight turn of your face of like 1 degree could be more flattering than a straight on shot. I didn’t practice this beforehand but wish I had so that I was more comfortable in front of the camera and knew what to do. The photographer takes great pics but you also have to give them something to work with. its 50/50. It really is like a modeling session in a way so you have to be ready for it.
And just be natural- your happiness and confidence will exude in your pics and make them gorgeous!
Hope these tips help! All my best to you bees!
Post # 9
have you googled plus sized women? you know jennifer hudson is my favorite, definitely do the one foot forward standing at a slight angle, definitely don’t stand full on towards the camera
Post # 10
I was really worried about this. I dropped a size or two before the wedding, which booseted my confidence, but looking over my pictures I can tell you the things that made me love or hate pictures based on how they made my body look. My hubby is also pretty slender, so I identify with that. I can give you some examples when I get my pics this week.
1. Flowers. When I hold them over your tummy I looked way skinny. This only really worked from the front.
2. avoid pictures from the side. For me I didn’t like most of those. My arms looked fat
3. tell your photog not to shoot you from below. I should have done this. I have a whole series I hate.
4. My favorite and my husbands favorites of me are some close ups we did (my avatar)
Post # 11
this is one of the poses i was talking about notice her shoulders are back and foot is out.. and she is bad arse!!
can you say the embodiment of sexiness?! if you are thinking boudoir, this is it!!!
she’s at that slight angle again…
this picture shows exactly what i mean about her body posing, notice how she’s slightly angled toward the camera…
Post # 12
@motto…I have read that thing about no shots from below in a few other places….I am definitely going to have to remember that.
@crebre…I love me some J-Hud!
@lisa…I will remember that about the flowers. I am pretty playful though so I plan on kicking around in the water (just the edge) for some shots. I am going to have to suck my belly in even more…although thankfully the cut of my dress is very flattering.
Post # 13
I love these posts! I too am a plus size in “the industry!” ….but am pretty comfy in my body…It was hard looking at myself in the mirrow with my wedding dress on that I just bought…I thought..ugghhh..I look so huge! I love how all wedding dress models are a size 2 and 6ft tall! oh well!
Post # 14
go see my photo album…i got lods of pic,,and im a biig girl!!with big chest too 😀