(Closed) Posing tips for awkard bride to be

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
4656 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Post # 4
162 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@fabange:  First of all, when you try to smile, say “hi” to the camera.  My photographer taught us this trick and it works REALLY well for getting a natural smile.  I have since used for my driver’s license etc and it always works!

In terms of body positioning, I don’t know what you look like, so I don’t know what you want to emphasize.  I am a slumper, so I try to put my shoulders back and make sure my head is even with my chin up but not too high up and neck straight.  sometimes I will put a hand on my hip.  A cute shot of you in the wedding dress could be one hand on your hip and one hand lifting the train of your dress.  You can also try crossing one leg in front of the other and putting it a little bit forward to give you a nice angle, then turn just your torso to face the camera.

This is going to sound weird, but you should also check out “America’s Next Top Model” as that show offers tips on how to pose in front of the camera.  Tyra is sort of annoying but she’s dead on with the whole “smile with your eyes” and all of that.

Post # 5
406 posts
Helper bee

Hire a fantastic , personable photographer you click with. It’s our job to get the personality and comfort out of you! 

Post # 7
603 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

Fiance and I absolutely hate posing which is why we hired our photographer who is amazing at candids. We spent our entire e-session feeling like we were on a date. I definitely agree that it helps if you’re comfortable with your photographer.


Post # 8
233 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@fabange:  Awkward bee here with an equally awkward future husband.

Have you already found your photographer? What helped me was picking a photographer who was really artsy and wasn’t afraid to be like, “Okay, echapman, you are hunching your shoulders. Stop being weird!” We were laughing too hard to be nervous during our engagement pics. It really loosened us up. Also, your photographer should give you direction on what to do.

Speaking from a photographer’s stand point (which is probably WHY I am so awkward in front of the camera haha), a trick I used when taking some boudior pics was to have the woman look down and then look back up at me and smile. She was suuuuper nervous and this seemed to help her. I think I saw it on America’s Next Top Model hahaha.

Anyways, just be YOU. Think about how happy you are. You will probably be glowing anyways!


Post # 10
367 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@Bebealways:  +!

Posting to follow!

Glad to hear I’m not the only one who looks awkward in photographs! I just can’t do natural. 

Post # 11
4927 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

ARG good ideas. I wish I saw these before my photos were done. I have so many with bitchy resting face -_-

Post # 12
3194 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@fabange:  one of the main things i think about when i’m taking photos is don’t look down. it gives me this weird no-neck-double-chin thing, and i’m super skinny! boooo.

also, practice in front of a mirror a few times before the day! you can learn your best angles and itll make you feel more comfortable.

Post # 13
7647 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@fabange:  Get a good idea of poses you like and want to have. Find a photographer who has a very “candid” style. We had my Mother-In-Law for our engagement pics and a friend do our wedding, so we felt very comfortable and not “posed.”

Post # 14
1769 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I’m a fairly photogenic person (I’ve won photogenic awards in beauty pageants, ha!) **brushes her shoulders off**

I’m assuming your talking about snapshots, not professional photography, although I think a lot of these tips apply to both

My number one tip is CONFIDENCE. Do whatever it takes – get your hair/makeup professionally done, a shot (one! no one likes drunk eyes), be with your friends, whatever.

Stand up tall, roll your shoulders back (hunched shoulders make everyone look fat and sad), drop your chin SLIGHTLY down and to the side, press your tounge gently against your teeth and say “hi” to yourself. Never take a shot from straight on- no one looks good that way. Bend anything that can be bent – pop a knee out slightly, gently rest one hand on your hip – this helps create curves in the body, and, as women, we should want to look as curvy as possible. Never hold your arms like a cheerleader does in a “clean” position (ie, straight down and to your side) not only does this make arms look fat, but it also makes you look stiff and rigid. Most of all, BREATH. So many girls freeze when they see a camera – holding your breath only makes you look uncomfortable and awkward.

For the love of mac and cheese, never take a picture while sitting at a table (like “Girls night! Let’s have the waiter take a picture”). Seriously. These are THE WORST.  bad angles, everyone is leaning forward or backwards, the front people get all of the flash that washes them out, the back people are in dark shadows.

If, during your e-pics (or whatever) you think your face is getting too stiff, make vowel sounds like “oooh, ahhh, eee” – this will loosen your face and give you varied expressions (note that you should do this during a traditional portrait, but maybe when you’re looking at FI)

Wear heels, too. Think about it – if you’re 5’4″ in flats and weigh 140, you’re average size. Pop on three inch heels and you’re 5’7″ and thin! Miracle workers, I’ll tell you what.

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