Discover the secrets of looking
in your wedding photographs
Want to look wonderful in your wedding pictures?
Read our top tips for helping you to look and feel fabulous
Get to know your photographer
It’s all about trust! Having an engagement session and meetings with your photographer before your wedding day will help you build that trust.
You need to find a photographer who is on your wave-length, understands what you want from your pictures, and makes you feel comfortable.
That feeling will enable you to look natural and be yourself in front of the camera.
A good wedding photographer will make you forget the camera is there.
They will talk to you, get the best out of you.
Don’t forget, this is all about you!
Wedding photographers want to give you images you’ll love, so they will go the extra mile to help you feel at ease.
So, if there are any images you don’t like, tell your photographer and he or she will leave them out of your wedding album.
There are also post-shoot methods of giving you the best look. If there’s a small mark on your dress, for example, your photographer can also use Photoshop to remove it.
Find the best pose for you
Practice in front of the mirror. If you want to look a little slimmer in pictures, you can keep your shoulder to the camera and avoid facing it head on. Turn your body at the hips so that the waist faces sideways and turn your upper body to camera, but remember to keep your spine straight. You can also hide a little behind the groom!
You can also put your hand on your hip and drop your hip at an angle to the camera. You may well have seen celebrities doing this on a red carpet.
Have your photographer take images from eye level or above to get the best shots of your face.
Think about lighting
Your wedding photographer will look at the lighting conditions in your venues before your wedding day to see if there are any challenges or problems which need to be overcome.
Use natural lighting where possible as it’s often the most flattering to your skin.
This is a great tip for informal pictures of a bride getting ready. Make sure the room is light and bright.
Don’t forget about the wedding reception. Make sure each table is well lit. Some of the best images are taken where there is lighting over the dance floor, the cake, and over the table decoration on each table.
Have spotlights for your first dance – ensuring you get the best images possible.
Practice your hair, make-up, and how you’ll move in your dress
Having a very different look on your wedding day can be wonderful, but you do need to feel confident in it.
Put on your dress and walk around in it so you know how it moves and how you feel in it.
Get your supplies ready!
If you’re marrying in the summer, the weather can be hot. So, get tissues ready to dab faces for the pictures.
Have a piece of white chalk to quickly chalk over any marks on your dress.
If your hair starts to fly away, a toothbrush covered in hairspray will help recreate your style.
Easy for photographers to say, right?
Honestly, though, we’re all our own worst critics.
I’ve been to dozens and dozens of weddings and every single bride looks beautiful, no matter what they think of themselves.
The process transforms them somehow.
Just trust that you will look wonderful on the day and allow yourself to feel happy.
Smiling transforms most people’s faces and that inner happiness will show in your pictures.
Are you looking for a wedding photographer in South Wales who will make you feel and look wonderful in front of the camera?
Call me on 02921 175977 or 07999 996473.