How to Look Good in Your Wedding Portraits
Wedding photos are the most cherished entries in many people’s photo albums. Why wouldn’t they be? They capture us on one of the happiest occasions of our lives, not to mention dressed in some of the most fetching outfits we’ll ever wear. Naturally, we’ll look on such photos fondly for the rest of our lives.
Of course, not everyone is entirely comfortable in front of a camera. What’s more, the desire to take the perfect photo can make the experience a little more stressful than it ought to be. In this week’s blog post, we’d like to offer some tips on how you can be best prepared to take the most gorgeous wedding portraits possible.
Think About the Light
If, like most people, you’d prefer to have your wedding portraits taken outdoors, you should bear in mind that the light changes throughout the day, and that this will have a significant effect on the photos. For example, photos taken in the evening will feature warmer and softer tones than those taken in the middle of the day. As such, when scheduling your portrait shoot, it’s important to take into account the season and the time of day. If you’re unsure about this, you should ask your photographer for advice. They’re the experts, after all!
Do Your Best to Ignore the Camera
This is perhaps the most important tip. While having your portrait photos taken, do your best to forget about the camera and focus on each other. Interact with your partner. Try telling a story that makes both of you laugh. Doing so will give the photographer the opportunity to capture you looking natural and happy. A more natural expression will make for a better photo.
Consider How You Should Pose
That said, perhaps you shouldn’t forget about the camera entirely! Be mindful of your posture and where you stand. Consider looking through your favourite photos of yourself, or other portraits you like. Pay attention to how these photos are posed. This will hopefully provide you with some inspiration.
Try to Relax
This one is easier said than done, we know, but it really is important. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to help put yourself at ease.
When it’s time to take your portraits, you should make sure that the only people present are you, your partner, and the photographer. Having others around can be distracting, and being watched can make you nervous. You should also make sure that you’re running on schedule. If you’re running late, you’re bound to find yourself more anxious than you should be. Avoid this by being on time.
It’s also important that you feel comfortable and well. You should ensure that you’re well rested and well hydrated.
Finally, you should consider having two shoots with your photographer, with one of them taking place before the wedding. Doing so will give you a chance to get to know your photographer a little better, so that you’ll feel more at ease when it’s time for your wedding shoot. An engagement photo shoot might be a good opportunity to do this.
We hope you’ll find these tips helpful. Remember to enjoy your photo shoot — the more fun you have, the better the photos will be!