Post # 1
I am an amiture photographer and I was asked to shoot a full-figured wedding next month. I keep looking for cute poses or ideas online and most of them are pictures of really thin couples so I’m looking for ideas on flattering pictures of them. I have a list of ideas already for the bride to look over but I want to expand it in case she doesn’t like some of them. I know to take pictures from above to streatch their neck and not do straight forward shots but I’m wanting specific poses for them. I’m also looking for cute and unique ideas. I already pitched her a few ideas for her flower girls and ring bearer that she loved that were a little different so I’m wanting more like that. I already have stuff like, them holding a big picture frame, having them angled and doing a picture from behind, the brides maids tugging on the groom and the grooms men tugging on the bride trying to pull them apart while they are holding hands, etc. Does anyone else have cute ideas that they might like?
Post # 2
I wasn’t aware that “full-figured weddings” were different than, you know, “weddings”. For your sake, I wouldn’t consider breathing a word to the bride that these (pretty cheesy sounding) poses are suggested with her and her fiance’s size in mind. How about you focus on using whatever ability you have as a photographer to capture the love, happiness, and excitement of a wedding instead of trying to hide the couple?
Post # 3
- Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY
bride21: I think lighting would be key to making your bride look the best. Harsh, overhead, midday sun can be tough. My photog wants the light just as the sun was setting; he said that was the best.
Post # 4
bride21: I’m curvy. Front shots are
fine. for me, I don’t want a lot
of shots of me from the side since I carry most of my weight in my caboose. Chest up is always good. But I do agree with other posters that there aren’t poses that are better for plus size people. Plenty of thinner brides also don’t want unflattering angles. Good luck.
Post # 5
Hausfrau: This. TBH, these suggested “poses” sound terribly cheesy… good lighting and photo composition will make anyone look good. You don’t need to force your couple to pose to hide their bodies. Not cool.
Post # 6
Im sure you don’t mean it this way, but please stop talking about “full-figured” people like we’re hideous, incapable of looking nice without special photography techniques, and/or somehow different/inferior to “thin” couples.
Post # 7
@MsMonkey @MoonlitMagnolia: amen.
Post # 8
MoonlitMagnolia: +1! exactly. just because someone is full figured doesn’t mean they can’t pose like everyone else. it’s kind of rude to assume they want to be hidden by props. full figured brides are just as beautiful as skinny brides.
Post # 9
Although I agree that the wording Bride21 used is not the best. I think she just wants to make sure that the bride and groom will be happy with the pictures. And from here post I gather she is scared the pictures will turn out unflattering and not up to their expectations.
My tips (although not different then for thinner people).
– Don’t just take posed pictures. The pictures that people often value the most are the one which capture real moments. The moment the bride looks the groom in the eye, that time when they sneak a small kiss, the way he looks at here, the time they are having a private laugh about something. Try to capture the small things.
– A full figured bride also wants a good full body photo of herself in her dress.
– Capture the thing that makes them beautiful: the pretty curves in the wedding dress, his eyes, their smiles, his broad shoulders.
– You’ll be fine, just make a ton of pictures so you can make a nice selection.
PS For reference: I am a US18 myself and I often look great in pictures. I think it has more to do with a good photographer and a photogenic person.
Post # 10
If she’s hiring you as a photographer, she clearly wants pictures of herself on her day looking beautiful. Beautiful doesn’t equal looking thin. And here’s a tip: she knows she’s fat. All of her friends and family know she’s fat. It’s not going to surprise her or anyone if you show her pictures of herself looking like a fat woman because she is a fat woman. There’s nothing wrong with it.
Please please please do not think of this bride as a full figured bride, just think of her as a bride and take pictures accordingly. And don’t ruin her photos with a bunch of high up myspace angle photos. Unless she specifically asks you to try and pose her to look thin, don’t worry or think about doing it
Post # 11
bride21: Aerial shots will always make couples look thinner whereas shots where the photographer is below will make the couple look bigger. If the bride has expressed to you that she wants to look thinner, I would take these things into consideration. But otherwise I would ask the bride what she wants to look like in her pictures. A lot of couples want engagement pictures that capture their personality and love as a couple, as opposed to looking thin.
Post # 12
The beauty of digital cameras is that you can take as many pictures you want and screen them later on. Like another poster said, just concentrate on those that show love and happiness. Capture those Kodak moments.
Post # 13
I don’t think the OP meant any rudeness by calling it a “full-figured” wedding, just used poor terms. Just keep in mind the flattering angles- shooting from below isn’t flattering on double chins, but shooting from slightly above can be much more forgiving. I’m plus sized and our photographer did great with our e-pics, just trust your gut. You are the one looking through the lens, if it doesn’t look good, move the people around or have them turn differently into or away from light.
Post # 14
I didn’t mean it to sound rude or offensive. I just meant that most of the poses I saw posted a lot were of the groom jumping or the bride or groom being held by the rest of the party which the groom can’t jump an inch off the ground because of his bad knees and back and even being of average size I hated the guys trying to pick me up so I doubt she woud want that since her weight is a touchy subject to her. I am asking on here because I don’t want to ask her straight out what features she doesn’t like since it is such a touchy subject and I don’t want to hurt her feelings if I word things badly. I read online that having them at a slight angle will help make them look better because even an average or thin person look heavier in some full frontal pictures. By the way, they are not paying me to do this. They can’t afford a professional so they are having two different amatures who are friends to the couple take pictures. I don’t know how good the other person is but I want to do my best because if the other person doesn’t get anything good and I mess it up too then I will feel like I have ruined their day so I want the most flattering poses. The bride is a beautiful woman and I just want to show it the best I can but so many people are touchy when it comes to size, including her, that it makes it hard for me to ask about it to people I know because I don’t want to offend anyone.
Post # 15
- Wedding: November 2014 - 11/15/14-Vineyard
I know our photographer asked for a list of “shots/poses” that we wanted. Why don’t you just ask them? do you know what their vision is and type of style they want portrayed in their pictures. Don’t just go by what you see on Pinterest. I see those jumping shots and lifting shots and that is so not me. I’d much rather have elegant, classic pics so everyone is different. Point being….ask them! Have thm provide you with a list and then you can always direct them toward other poses/angles within those.