(Closed) tips to look good in photos (wedding or otherwise)

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@macbeth91512:  Arms are a big thing for me, too.  Make sure you have good posture in your shoulders- roll them back, don’t hunch them forward.  Also, try to relax your arm very slightly away from your body.  This will prevent that “arm squished against the body, making it look larger that what it is” look. (That hand on the hip thing isn’t just a fad! I think it can be overused, but it does work.)

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 1900

This post by Mrs. Hot Wings about making triangles is super helpful!

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

Make sure to use different expressions so you have a few different looks to pick from.  When I did bridal portraits most of mine were sultry and I would have liked more of me smiling.

And when you smile instead of doing a hard smile, put your tongue on the roof of your mouth and drop your bottom jaw just slightly so there’s a small gap between your top teeth and your bottom lip.  It makes for a more natural full teeth smile.

For a sultry face with pouty lips softly say the word “zooooo” when taking the picture.

Always stand/sit up straight and slightly sideways.  Never sit back in a chair, always sit as far forward as you can comfortably sit and tuck your legs under you not out in front of you.  Sitting all the way back in a chair makes your a$$ look huge.

If you’re going to kneel or squat in a picture, don’t if you’re a lady.  Put your hands on your knees and slightly bend at the knees while making sure to lean back and straight so your boobs aren’t on display (unless that’s what you want.)

Hiding heavy arms is hard because if you totally hide them, you look like your arm was chopped off.  Try to fit in between multiple people so you’re only showing one arm at most.  Then slightly turn so that the elbow side of the arm (usually the slimmest) is facing the camera.  It won’t look perfect but the only way to truly fix this is to lift weights and exercise.  I am hitting the weights hard over the next year to sculpt my arms for my dress.

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I always try to think of something funny or that makes me happy so I don’t have a weird forced smile.

Post # 9
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Helper bee

This is so funny! A few days ago my mom and sister were like “how do you ALWAYS manage to look 20 pounds thinner in photos!? Every picture you take is always great!” I always stand with one foot in front of the other and weight on the back foot. Then tilt your head up just a little and I always tilt it to the side too (thats just a trademark for me tho lol) while standing tall and never stand directly front on – like stand at an angle to the camera. And like the PP said, arms slightly away from the body. I like the hand on the hip thing too. That does help. 

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Yes, slightly holding your arms away from your body helps minimize their appearance, but note that putting your hands on your hips so your elbows jut out doesn’t help much. Posture is totally key, and holding your head up high also helps. Also, don’t be shy with your smile – a broad smile that evokes confidence will definitely impact your overall look – people will see the more of the beauty and less of the size. I’m a musician who gets photos taken of me at shows all the time, and those things are tried and true for me!

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I need to practice some of these! I tend to just grin, especially when I’m around my loved ones =).

 

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

These tips are great!!! Just tried the zoo thing in the mirror…totally works thanks @beachbride1216:  

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@CWandJJ:  I have a huge smile and my eyes disappear a bit when i smile big.

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Best tip to look good in photos?  Photoshop.

 

j/k.  I think good posture’s a huge one, just standing up straight.  I also notice celebs always do the hand-on-hip thing, and it always makes their arms look more toned than when they have their arms at their sides.

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