(Closed) Needs smiling lessons

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
3142 posts
Sugar bee

I would ask a friend to do a photoshoot with you.  That way you can see what works and what doesn’t.  Just find a photo or two you like.  Try to imitate yourself whilst taking another photo until you’ve got it downpat

Post # 4
7695 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

Honestly, dont worry about it. You are going to have a hard time not smiling on your wedding day and I can guarantee you that you wont even be thinking about how your smile looks while you are posing for your wedding pictures. My smile in my engagement pictures looks a little bit forced but in my wedding pictures I am beaming.

Post # 5
255 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I usually ask couples to try to relax and think of something that makes them *really* smile.  When people re-focus and think about a pet, a loved one, the day of their engagement…they get a real genuine smile on their faces.  

Have you had your engagement session yet?  Ask your photographer to keep you chatting and talking if possible…people tend to feel more relaxed when there is the give-and-take of converstaion going on.  Also, share with him/her that you are concerned about not having a genuine smile.  A good photographer will make you feel relaxed, watch your body language for tension and keep things comfortable and fun. 

Like @PitBulLover said, you are going to be beaming on your wedding day.  🙂

Post # 6
4109 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I worried about this too, but I agree with @pitbulllover that it will come natural… I have the most awkward, crooked smile when I’m forcing it Smile Just practice alittle & try to RELAX on the big day.

Post # 7
693 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Have a friend off to the side to make you laugh? I dunno.  My fiance has had this problem as long as I’ve known him and a good smile can only be captured during a genuine laugh.  (He’s gotten in the habit over the years of making really cooky/silly faces in lieu of a smile.) 

The photog assures me she has “her ways” to induce a good smile.  Here’s hoping!

Post # 8
1126 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Agree with GDub.  My fiance has the most wonderful smile, but it often looks forced in pictures (he hates posing for pictures).  We did an engagement shoot, and he and I spent almost the whole time talking, giggling, etc.  Sure, his smile was still forced in some of them, but in a lot he looks genuinely happy and fantastic.  So I agree with practicing and whatnot, but make sure you and your man are talking and thinking about all the happy stuff, because that’ll create the best results.

Post # 9
201 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I agree that you will be so happy it will just flow butttt if you are worried, practice! Sounds really lane but I used to be worried about my smile so I took about a hundred Pics on my phone ( you know, myspace style lol holding your phone yourself in your room) lol. It really helped me to see what smiles I liked and didn’t and realize what I was doing. Just staring in the mirror won’t show you what a pic will see. Good luck!

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