The whole concept of “posing” can be foreign and a little intimidating to a lot of couples on their big day. The majority of brides and grooms, my guess around 99%, have not modeled before nor have spent a lot of time in front of a professional camera. How am I supposed to stand? Do I smile or do I act naturally? Will it look strange if I am not facing the camera? These and many other questions have probably entered your mind at least a couple of times in anticipation of your wedding day.
From years of experience working with couples to achieve the most beautiful photographs, we have come up with a few tips that you can take with you on your big day. These tips can not only educate you and prepare you for the photography aspect of your wedding day, but it will also make you and your SO a little more comfortable too!
Take a look at Red Carpet Celebrities
Sure actresses are not wearing bridal gowns and actors are not wearing boutonnieres on their lapels, however, they know how to work their poses and the camera better than any of us. The first thing you will notice is that none of them are ever standing up completely straight and this is key. Placing one foot in front of the other, leaning into one side of your hip, and paying attention to what your arms are doing all create much better pictures without you or your SO looking like soldiers.
Posture… Posture… Posture
We can’t say enough how important good posture is for the bride and groom. Keeping attention to your posture creates length in your body and presents more confident photographs. Shoulders back, rib cage in, tummy tucked, and a straight spine are just a few ways that you and your SO can instantly improve your postures. The only thing is don’t forget to breathe. You definitely don’t want to look stiff in your photographs.
Incorporate the Bouquet
Odds are you spent a good amount of your wedding budget on the gorgeous bouquet, why not make it the focal point of some of your photographs? Not only does the bouquet add color and vibrancy to the photographs, but it also gives your hands and arms something to do so they aren’t just down at your side. Holding the bouquet down at the hips is the ideal position to put it in; if it is held up too high or too low, posing could look a little off.
Probably the most important emotion to express on your wedding day is happiness. So show it off with a nice big smile! It is kinda tricky making smiles look natural when you have to smile. While you’re smiling, place your tongue at the roof of your mouth makes smiles look so much more typical. And laughing a little with your spouse even better! Those make for both happy and candid photos.
See? Posing is not too bad. It really is a matter of doing a little planning and remembering some of the key points that make for successful posing. But at the end of the day, it is about you and your SO feeling joyful and the photographers capturing that.