One thing brides all want on their wedding day is to look good in their photos. A huge amount of effort is put into the planning, from avoiding pizza in the run up to getting beauty treatments just before. Some brides worry that they aren’t photogenic and their wedding look may not translate well into pictures. Having worked with brides who are very confident having their photo taken and those who are more reluctant we have put together top tips for looking your best in wedding photos.
You are only going to do this once! Now is not the time to guilt yourself out of spending money on looking good. You deserve to feel amazing on your wedding day! If there is a treatment you have been longing for now is the time. Teeth whitening is a great treatment which a lot of brides and grooms opt for in the run up to the big day. If it will make you feel more confident smiling then go for it. You don’t have to spend loads of money to look good on your wedding day. Something as simple as buying a really fantastic moisturiser can make you feel really good in your skin.
Smile, laugh and be yourself
Nothing is better as a wedding photographer than having an enthusiastic and happy bride. A smile lights up a persons face making for amazing photos. Leave the hard face model poses for the magazines! Most of the photos we take on the wedding day will be natural moments. These unposed shots are always cherished by our couples. When the couple is relaxed and having fun this shines through in the gallery of images.
Take the pressure off yourself and get hair and make up professionals in. Sometimes things don’t go right when you do them yourself. You don’t need that stress on the morning of your wedding. Professionals will know how to make sure your make up and hair has staying power too. View our recommended suppliers for professional hair and make up artists in Manchester and the North West. Consider booking your beauty team for the whole day so that they can be on hand for touch-ups. This is an absolute godsend of wet and windy wedding days.
Forget about your photographer
Don’t worry about being photographed or looking at the camera. Just relax, enjoy your day and forget about the photographer. Natural photographs are always the best. Your wedding photographer is not going to give you photos where you are pulling a weird face, eating or blinking. Trust them to do their job and spend the day enjoying yourself. You can find lots of examples of our beautiful wedding photos in our portfolio.
Allow plenty of time
The drinks reception is the busiest time for your wedding photographer. Setting aside plenty of time ensures this part of the day isn’t rushed. When proceedings run late the drinks reception is often cut short and the photography is compromised as a result. By choosing to have your meal start a little later you will get more time for your wedding photography. We recommended between an hour and a half to two hours for the drinks reception. This allows time to take the group photos, natural images of the guests, a few portraits of the couple and photos of the reception room before the meal starts. Another tip is to consider booking a second photographer as part of your package. They can be taking candid photos of the guests whilst your lead photographer focuses on your group photos and portraits.
Now for a quick posing tip! When you have your portraits taken bear in mind this one tip and your photos will be perfect. Don’t press your arms close to your body. Even someone with Michelle Obama’s toned arms will not look their best. When we are nervous sometimes we can carry that in our arms and they end up pressed into our sides. We advise you keep your elbows held slightly away from your body. Don’t go too far and have stiff robot arms. Just lift a touch away from your body for an elongating effect. This will make you look relaxed in your photos and you will look amazing!
We hope this helps you feel more relaxed about having your picture taken on your wedding day. In our experience brides are a bit nervous before but forget all about it as they are too busy having fun. Don’t just take our word for it, view our client reviews. Choose a wedding photographer whose work you absolutely love and trust them on the day to take amazing photos!