You're the bride - so you're going to be photographed a LOT. Here are some pointers for feeling like a pro in front of the camera all day long!
1. Find & hire a photographer who you really click like
Try to meet a few photographers to find the one who shares your vision and whom you can trust. If you don't get on well with your photographer, how can you expect to feel comfortable in front of their camera?
2. Getting your hair and makeup done professionally
But make sure it's your 'style'! You want to look the best possible version of yourself.
Trials for your hair and make-up are both essential for guaranteeing you feel comfortable on your wedding day. I recommend having your makeup test done on the day of your engagement session, talk about getting two birds with one stone. Also, make sure you have a pocket mirror available so you can check before the photographing begins that your lipstick is in place and there is no lipstick on your teeth or mascara smudges.
3. Practice some poses you like in advance
Get some inspirations from magazines or blogs. Share these poses with your photographer. But don't over think it, practice holding a bouquet naturally. It is probably the first time you wear a big gown as well! Get your future husband to help out as well. Share these visions with him.
That's why an engagement session is so important. I never shoot a wedding without an engagement session.
4. Similarly, practice smiling with your eyes
No matter how happy you are on your wedding day, smiling for hours can be tricky. Smiling too much can also create crow feets around your eyes. Do practice in front of the mirror, a soft smile which comes through the eyes, and doesn't show your gum or lower teeth is much more flattering. Try 'The Squinch' (a technique coined by celebrity photog Peter Hurley).
5. Make sure you allocate enough time for your bride & groom pictures!
I know you want to enjoy your big day but please allocate at least 30 - 45 minutes quiet times for your bride & groom portraits. Trust me, you don't want to have to rush through them. It is the best perfect time for the two of you to take a breather as well. Do your research in advance: pick out gorgeous locations at your venue and share that with your photographer. Also, have plans for both indoor and outdoor images just in case of the weather.
6. Avoid drinking too much before your wedding photos
One glass of getting ready champagne is fine. Three shots of Tequila to steady your nerves, not so good. The last thing you want to do is look slightly drunk in front of the camera.
7. Consider your posture
Stand up straight, ladies! Think ballerina. Good posture is an instant way to look stunning on your wedding day - holding your shoulders back elongate your neck and can truly work wonders. Two other quick modeling tricks I learned that can subtly alter your appearance: lift your chin up a touch to make your neck look longer and eliminate double chin, also avoid holding your arms close to your body to make them look slimmer.
I hope these tips will help you to prepare and look breathtakingly beautiful for your big day! If you have any tips or tricks that you rely on, please do share it with us in the comment below.
As always, celebrate all the little moments & accomplishments in your daily life.