In October, we’re going to do out second attempt at engagement pictures. The first time we just had a horrible experience. The photographer was great and the session seemed to go well, but when we got our pictures back they were awful! double chins, unflattering body angles the works! Everything a plus size girl is afraid of. Even my fiance who is relatively thin didn’t even have a chin! I’m hoping to see how my fellow plus size girls posed themselves to look a little slimmer. Thanks for the help in advance!!
Definitely always tilt your chin up and out. It looks odd in real life but great in photos. Stand with one leg slightly in front of the other and put your weight on the back leg so the front looks slimmer. Always put your shoulders back too. My fave pose is putting one hand on my hip (creating empty space between my arm and my body) then slightly bending one leg in front of the other. It slims the whole body.
You can see in this pic what I mean about the leg. I don’t have my arm bent but you get the idea! I would also suggest lots of posing in front of a full length mirror. Sorry if this pic is huge!
My favoite posing tips: tilt your chin up and slightly to the side and exhale as you smile (it makes for a more relaxed/natural smile). Wear a printed top (small print/pattern) and add a structured jacket or blazer in a solid color to balance it out. Dark jeans or pants that fit well and are comfortable. Or a statement dress in a bold or jewel-tone color. Good luck!
I was terrified of my engagement photos! Fiance is very tall and slim, 30″ waist and I’m a size 18-20. However I told my photographer exactly what I was afraid of and it all worked out! We did alot of sitting poses and were never really side by side. One of my favorites is me looking up at the photog. as Fiance kissed my cheek. Slimmed my face, and the focus on our faces kind of blurred out our bodies. Standing photos we did had him straight on to create width and me angled sideways so I’d appear slimmer. We also did a pose where I was standing behind him looking up and he turned his head to look at me, this was shot from the side. We also did ones with me peaking out from behind him straight on which I heard you shouldn’t do but I was actually happy with how they looked. Don’t get me wrong, there were pictures I didn’t love but I was pleasantly surprised with how many I did. My best advice would be to wear something your absolutely 100% comfortable in. Acknowledge that its super weird and just go with it. We ended up having a ton of fun and looking back I would totally do it again.
Also it depends how comfortable you are with your photographer, but I right off the bat was like listen if I look terrible while this is happening let me know and she helped pose me differently or adjust which were all minor things which ended up helping alot! Also remember you can ask to see one as their shooting-some photographers are a little weird about it but no one knows you better than you and if you see something you don’t like you’ll be able to adjust!
Good luck! I’m sure it’ll all work out! Remember we’re our own worst critics!
rosegoldgirl: That pose really works for you! Thank you for the tips 🙂
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Miss-Mauverick: Thank you for that link! It’s really crazy how much fo a difference good posing can make!
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cm0529: I’m so happy that your session turned out well. I think if I learned anything from my previous session it’s to speak up. I knew there were some poses that she was having us do that would turn out weird/bad but I didn’t say anything. I just wanted to trust her and have fun. But now I know to definitely speak up!
keevolpi: Girl, you better get in that mirror and practice like America’s Next Top Model. Also, if you tell them your concerns, the photographers can help you. They can do enhanced editing on small things, too.
As a photographer you want to roll your shoulders back pushing out your chest (no way around it draws attention) and slightly stick your head forward not up doing that makes wierd shadows in images. Think of a turtle sticking his head out of a shell. Heres a great video I show my clients