(Closed) Plus Size Photo Advice

posted 8 years ago in Full Figured
Post # 3
3344 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Don’t ask me.  I hate how I look in about 90% of our e-photos.

Post # 4
60 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@sweetbeemeg: sigh. I understand how you feel. I did engagement photos and felt like I looked a bit huge. I’d say try to find something to wear that is really flattering that was key for me for engagement photos. 

Also, my poses were all angles I knew would work for me. Like some side shots, etc. I’d say work the angles you know are good and that should work. Think of the photos of you and your fiance you think look the absolute best and try to recreate some of those poses. You may also want to try asking your photographer for some advice. 

But my strategy for engagement photos was do what i know works pose wise.



Post # 5
1403 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Have your hips facing away from the camera, and twist a bit so your shoulders face the camera.  That usually succeeds in creating a nice sillouette.  (Example below.)

Also, if your Fiance is skinnier than you, then don’t stand directly in front of him for any “full body” shots.  Either have him kneel while you stand behind him, or stand facing each other, or do “shoulders and up” shots.

Most importantly, remember that you’re beautiful, and that will bring you a confidence that will show in your pictures.  Trust me.  🙂

Post # 6
732 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010 - The Tower Club

I think the number one tip for larger sized brides (and I am one) is to relax. The camera will pick up on any anxiety or nervousness you have about yourself. Wear something you are super comfortable and happy in, and do your best to feel confident in yourself. It really does translate to getting better shots, because you will hold yourself differently and be less stiff in photos.

I would also say to look at pictures of yourself, full-body ones if possible. I know many plus-sized ladies talk about the “shock” of seeing yourself in photos; I think it’s simply because we don’t see enough women who look like us. Look at yourself, a lot, and get comfortable with who you are, no matter your size. I am still working on this as well.

Post # 7
2006 posts
Buzzing bee

Miss Sewing did a great post on working your angles 🙂

Post # 8
1403 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@babyboo:  Thanks for the link!  Those are some great tips anyone could use!

Post # 9
135 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I am in the process of losing weight (arent’ we all?) and when we had our engagement shoot, we made sure we just laughed and had a good time.    The shot that everyone loves is the one of me hugging his shoulders and peaking around him to look at him.   The shot was totally random and I had just run up behind him and said, “Piggy back ride?” and jumped up.

As for our wedding shots.   He loves me for me.   He knows what I look like without my clothes on.   It’s not like I can hide a bump or bulge.   I plan on enjoying my and and if someone catches a bad angle.   Oh well!   I know I am not a size 2 and I know I will not look like a size 2 in our photos.

Post # 10
419 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I am plus-sized and I have learned that I almost always look best when the camera is placed above me and I am looking up (i.e. have the photograhpher bring a step stool). A professional photographer once told me that this is true for a large percentage of women. The other angle that looks good on ME (not sure about others) is if the camera is to my back and I am looking over my right shoulder. I second the comment about holding your hips at an angle, in fact even professoinal skinny models do this. Also notice they stand with their feet in a T-shape, that also helps (I know this because I competed in plus pageants in the past and they taught us how to stand). Try to avoid sitting, that pushes out the lumpy bumpies, if so becareful how you pose or what you wear. One last thing, go online and learn how to use makeup to contour your face – especially to create cheekbones or blend away double-chins, that’s what large women like Delta Burke do to make their faces look less round when they are in the spotlight.

Post # 12
962 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

some things i keep in mind…

*roll shoulders back – not “sit/stand up straight” as a gentle roll back opens your front up.

*keep chin up and forward (which is easy to do with rolled shoulders!) this will lessen chinsssss.

* angle yourself 35-45 degrees from the camera. instant slender!

*no sleeves?  be aware of your arms being held tight to your sides… (it’s natural to do when nervous, to pull yourself in.)  if you lift your elbows a bit from your sides you will lessen the arm flaps being squished along your sides and looking bigger than they are.

no harshness meant here..  i’m a big girl too!

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