(Closed) Shooting a full-figured wedding

posted 4 years ago in Full Figured
Post # 2
541 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I wasn’t aware that “full-figured weddings” were different than, you know, “weddings”. For your sake, I wouldn’t consider breathing a word to the bride that these (pretty cheesy sounding) poses are suggested with her and her fiance’s size in mind. How about you focus on using whatever ability you have as a photographer to capture the love, happiness, and excitement of a wedding instead of trying to hide the couple?

Post # 3
4687 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY

bride21:  I think lighting would be key to making your bride look the best. Harsh, overhead, midday sun can be tough. My photog wants the light just as the sun was setting; he said that was the best.


Post # 4
145 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

bride21:  I’m curvy. Front shots are

fine. for me, I don’t want a lot

of shots of me from the side since I carry most of my weight in my caboose. Chest up is always good. But I do agree with other posters that there aren’t poses that are better for plus size people. Plenty of thinner brides also don’t want unflattering angles. Good luck. 

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Post # 5
1211 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Hausfrau:  This. TBH, these suggested “poses” sound terribly cheesy… good lighting and photo composition will make anyone look good. You don’t need to force your couple to pose to hide their bodies. Not cool. 

Post # 6
564 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Im sure you don’t mean it this way, but please stop talking about “full-figured” people like we’re hideous, incapable of looking nice without special photography techniques, and/or somehow different/inferior to “thin” couples.

Post # 7
541 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@MsMonkey @MoonlitMagnolia: amen.

Post # 8
2808 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

MoonlitMagnolia:  +1! exactly. just because someone is full figured doesn’t mean they can’t pose like everyone else. it’s kind of rude to assume they want to be hidden by props. full figured brides are just as beautiful as skinny brides.

Post # 9
24 posts

Although I agree that the wording Bride21 used is not the best. I think she just wants to make sure that the bride and groom will be happy with the pictures. And from here post I gather she is scared the pictures will turn out unflattering and not up to their expectations. 

My tips (although not different then for thinner people).

– Don’t just take posed pictures. The pictures that people often value the most are the one which capture real moments. The moment the bride looks the groom in the eye, that time when they sneak a small kiss, the way he looks at here, the time they are having a private laugh about something. Try to capture the small things. 

– A full figured bride also wants a good full body photo of herself in her dress. 

– Capture the thing that makes them beautiful: the pretty curves in the wedding dress, his eyes, their smiles, his broad shoulders. 

– You’ll be fine, just make a ton of pictures so you can make a nice selection. 

PS For reference: I am a US18 myself and I often look great in pictures. I think it has more to do with a good photographer and a photogenic person. 


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Post # 10
2092 posts
Buzzing bee

If she’s hiring you as a photographer, she clearly wants pictures of herself on her day looking beautiful. Beautiful doesn’t equal looking thin. And here’s a tip: she knows she’s fat. All of her friends and family know she’s fat. It’s not going to surprise her or anyone if you show her pictures of herself looking like a fat woman because she is a fat woman. There’s nothing wrong with it.

Please please please do not think of this bride as a full figured bride, just think of her as a bride and take pictures accordingly. And don’t ruin her photos with a bunch of high up myspace angle photos. Unless she specifically asks you to try and pose her to look thin, don’t worry or think about doing it

Post # 11
56 posts
Worker bee


bride21:  Aerial shots will always make couples look thinner whereas shots where the photographer is below will make the couple look bigger. If the bride has expressed to you that she wants to look thinner, I would take these things into consideration. But otherwise I would ask the bride what she wants to look like in her pictures. A lot of couples want engagement pictures that capture their personality and love as a couple, as opposed to looking thin.

Post # 12
354 posts
Helper bee

The beauty of digital cameras is that you can take as many pictures you want and screen them later on. Like another poster said, just concentrate on those that show love and happiness. Capture those Kodak moments.

Post # 13
1508 posts
Bumble bee

I don’t think the OP meant any rudeness by calling it a “full-figured” wedding, just used poor terms. Just keep in mind the flattering angles- shooting from below isn’t flattering on double chins, but shooting from slightly above can be much more forgiving. I’m plus sized and our photographer did great with our e-pics, just trust your gut. You are the one looking through the lens, if it doesn’t look good, move the people around or have them turn differently into or away from light.

Post # 15
901 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014 - 11/15/14-Vineyard

I know our photographer asked for a list of “shots/poses” that we wanted. Why don’t you just ask them? do you know what their vision is and type of style they want portrayed in their pictures. Don’t just go by what you see on Pinterest. I see those jumping shots and lifting shots and that is so not me. I’d much rather have elegant, classic pics so everyone is different. Point being….ask them! Have thm provide you with a list and then you can always direct them toward other poses/angles within those. 

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