Do you feel like you'll never look as good as the brides you see on the cover of those bridal magazines or in your Pinterest board? Are you nervous in front of the camera or feel like you have an awkward smile? It's a very common concern I hear from couples planning their wedding. Almost everyone gets nervous to pose in front of a professional photographer, so you're not alone! Keep reading to see 6 tips on how to pose like a pro for your wedding photos!
Scheduling an engagement shoot will help you and your partner get comfortable in front of the camera and let you practice posing. It's important that it's the same photographer that will be photographing your wedding. You will become familiar with how your photographer works and how they pose you as a couple. Some photographers are very specific in directing you how to pose, while others rely more on action prompts and having you interact naturally as a couple. Experiencing how they operate will give you a chance to know what to expect on your wedding day, and make you more comfortable with them overall.
Turn one shoulder slightly to the camera so you're at an angle instead of your whole body facing straight at the camera. This is a lot more flattering for most people. Good posture will also help you look confident and awesome, so pay attention if you tend to slouch.
Walk, dance, kiss, whatever you need. Being stiff is uncomfortable and will make you look awkward in pictures. Remember to move around and loosen up your muscles, especially if you feel yourself becoming tense. Some of my favorite photos happen when a bride and groom just walk, hold hands, and talk while looking at each other. Walking and laughing with your bridal party make for great candid photos as well. And if you need to take a break to loosen up, don't be afraid to let your photographer know.
This goes in line with #3, but takes it a step further. Giving your hands something to hold onto or do will help you if you feel awkward in front of the camera. Many people wonder what to do with their hands in photos. Props could include your bouquet, sparklers, umbrellas, a cute sign, popping champagne, rose petals to toss in the air, ice cream - get creative! Think about something you and your partner or bridal party enjoy doing together and bring something along to include in the photos.
Of course, this one's easier said than done. As contradictory as it sounds to this article, don't think too much about the posing. Smile as much as you can and try to have a good time. If it starts to feel like you're forcing it after a while, look over at your partner and remember how happy you are on this special day! Maybe remember something funny they said to you, or one of your favorite things about them. Don't be afraid to laugh and be as goofy as you want. This will show your personalities in the images and will capture your joy on your wedding day. Pictures don't have to be boring and formal - photographers love it when you show off your wild side!
Discuss with your photographer (preferably after the engagement shoot, but before the wedding) if you'd rather have specific direction on how to pose and position yourself, or if you'd prefer a more candid, in-action style. This way they can adjust their approach early on and make sure the whole day goes smooth. If your photographer asks you to pose a particular way and it just feels unnatural to you, let them know!
I hope you enjoyed these posing tips and found them helpful for preparing for your wedding day! If you want to read more wedding day tips, stay up to date with my blog. Feel free to check out my work on Instagram, Facebook, & my website. Thanks for reading!