Post # 1
My FI and I have been organizing our belated engagement photoshoot and I am starting to get pretty concerned about how unphotogenic I am! I am very awkward and tend to photograph really poorly for some reason. One of my main concerns is that I am very pale with dark features, and I usually need foundation and powder to cover some redness under my eyes and in my cheeks. I also have thin eyes which become even more thin if I add dark makeup and flash photography or if I’m in the sunlight. For the wedding, I will have a MUA, but for the engagement photos, I will be doing my own makeup. Do you Bees have any tips? In addition, I also tend to hold myself in really awkward poses that make me look much heavier than I am. Of course, I hope that having a pro photographer will help with some of this, but I could really use some tips or show me your amazing engagement/wedding photos after you were nervous (but then looked awesome!) and help me feel better!
Post # 2
I think you can still get MAC makeup done at counter and they do a full face for a $60 product purchase ( plus tip to your artist of course ). You may want to check with your local counter. I did it about a year ago and maybe the price is the same.
Post # 3
Amanda_B: That might be worth avoiding this stress! Thank you for the advice! 🙂
Post # 4
Sephora also does makeup. It’s $50 I think.
I also am not photogenic. I generally hate how I look in pictures, and I’m a bigger girl (size 14/16) so I’m always concerned about looking bigger than I am as well. But……. I LOVE my wedding pictures!!!! Professional hair and makeup, a great photographer and sheer joy really made a huge difference!
Post # 5
Get a really good photographer that makes you feel comfortable. I found our candid shots turned out so much better than the posed ones, because I have the same issue with looking awkward and not like myself in posed photography
Post # 6
I am not very photogenic as well, but was recently a bridesmaid in a friend’s wedding and let me just say…professional photographers are AMAZING.
Post # 7
ClassicCorvette: I have the same problem. I’m really fair & my face isn’t very angular/chiseled, so in photos I just end up looking really flat. In the mirror I feel pretty (usually) but I just don’t look like myself in photos.
However, good professional photography makes a huge difference! I did my own makeup for our engagement photos and I’m happy with how they turned out. Hopefully I’ll love the wedding photos even more since my makeup will be better and I’ll have false lashes on.
Post # 8
One of the reasons I have been putting off getting married, even though we’ve been talking about it for a long time, is because I hate how unphotogenic I look in pictures. I’ve been trying to lose weight, hoping that would help me to look better in pictures. 😡
Post # 9
I’m not photogenic in my opinion either…I always seem to look really awkward. I love my wedding photos though, maybe it’s because I was more relaxed or extremely happy I don’t know. But my photographer did a great job.
Post # 10
I always think I’m not photogenic, but for our engagement shoot our photographer was amazing and my best shots that I am in love with are all of me captured “in a moment”. So laughing or talking and basically not looking at a camera. It’s amazing how much emotion can come out in a good photo!
My tips would be to always do something with your hands (hold his waist, hand on a fence…), and push your shoulders back so you don’t slouch.
I think it’s great to get a practice in on the engagement shoot – I’m sure you’ll see that your photographer will capture some beautoful shots and you have nothing to worry about for the big day.
Post # 11
ms-tea: Thank you for the advice! I’m definitely one to hold my hands awkwardly.
molokoa: I definitely hope this is true, because I don’t have a lot of candid photos of myself but posed are terrible! Thank you for the encouragement!
Post # 12
Thank you to everyone! You all are making me feel much better.
Post # 13
Can you post a picture? Everyone’s face is different, and how you do your makeup will definiely help with that! Also, practice taking pictures of yourself! Try and get a few faces in that you like, and try and replicate it every few days. 🙂 Picture taking is an art for all of us lol
Post # 14
My husband and I have a hard time with pictures too. We never ever take pictures. It was awkward at first but with our photographer having us be more natural and less posey posey pictures, it really helped us to get some great pictures. Also having the engagement pictures with him helped us to get great wedding pictures too!
Post # 15
AddieNicole: I don’t have one on my Kindle right now but when I get home I’ll try to post one! Thank you for the advice and tips!
MrsSaltWaterTaffy: Thank you! Did you mention anything ahead of time to your photographer about never taking photos? I was trying to decide if I should explain my concerns ahead of time.