(Closed) Almost dreading engagement photos

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
898 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014 - Loft

Just want to chime in here because I was so anxious in the days leading up to my engagement photos. I have adult acne and I am VERY self concious. It is defintely worse in my eyes but I am painfully aware of it. I almost cancelled the photo’s many times. In the end I was extremely happy with how the photos came out and I expressed that concern to the photographer and he was able to work with us on that a bit. I’m sorry you feel that way. I promise we see it way worse than anyone else does. HUGE HUGE Hugs to you. You will cherish these photos for your whole life.

Post # 3
150 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

If you want to chagne your arms you’ll have to start seriouslly start working on them. Otherwise, if you are really that self-conscious then wear something that will cover them. Don’t let your arms get in your way of your engagement photos, you’ll regret it. Focus on what the photo session is all about, it’s about your engagment, not your arms. Talk with your photographer, they might be able to give you more flattering angles.

Post # 4
4076 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2019 - Canada

Tell your photographer what you’re insecure about! Ask them to help you minimize your arms and they’ll keep an eye out for that. It’s their job to make you look great and give you images you’re happy about, any help you can give them in doing that would probably be good!

Post # 5
1281 posts
Bumble bee

I also have the arm problem! Honestly I try to cover them but there are times when thats not possible. If you are face on to the camera with your body straight forward then pull your shoulders right back so your arms are straight at your side but as far back as they can go. This makes them look much thinner. If youre body is side on – don’t do it! It has the opposite effect. When sideways pull your shoulder closest to the camera forward a little, then the picture only really shows the back and side part of your arm which is the most flattering. Bending your arm helps as well but be careful not to do it too much or you will end up with a collection of awkward hand on hip photos. You can bend the lower part of your arm up e.g to touch your shoulder/hair and it will hide most of your upper arm. I hope this all makes sense, its hard to explain. Ask your Fiance to help hide your arms as well. He can put his arm around you with his hand covering the widest part of your upper arm to hide them. Also if he stands behind and you have a ‘hug’ shot then make sure his arms go over yours to hide them.

As far as being unphotogenic, tell all your worries to your photographer. Have a practise with your own camera from different angles and pick the 2 or 3 which are the least bad. They will come out much better with a photographer anyway. Good Luck! and dont dread your pictures they will be great!

Post # 6
6574 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

If you’re dreading doimg something as superfluous as engagement photos, then skip them and use a photo you already have for your STD’s, or send STD’s with no photos. Don’t create extra drama in your life for something that really doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things.

Post # 8
1015 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Hey lady! Don’t be too down about your arms, that’s just one of the body parts thag always looks twice as big in photos, it’s nothing wrong with you! We recently have some profile shots done for my job and my dress was sleeveless and the photographer mentioned how we had to be careful with arms in the photos (I am small AND life weights religiously and my arms still looked big in the photos she pointed this out in) so she just had me pose in ways that didn’t smoosh my arm against my body and make them look giant. Tell your photographer your concerns at the shoot, or you could add a cute blazer or jacket to your outfit! 🙂 good luck

Post # 9
1789 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - DD born 2015 DS born 2017

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TwinkleBoss:  I have bever been good at having photos taken and have bad posture, but the photographer for my e session was amazing!! He corrected our postures and angles and took amazing photos! We learned a lot and were able to pose well for the wedding photos. Definitely worth the rehearsal for us!

Ask your photographer to do the same- adjust your stance/angles etc.

Try this for head tilting advice, it makes a big difference! http://lifehacker.com/5906963/instantly-become-more-photogenic-by-tilting-your-head-forward

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