We’ve been planning our dream weddings since we were five years old. So it’s no surprise that we can’t get enough of Lover.ly, a wedding inspiration site that lets you search through pics of swoon-worthy gowns, bouquets, and everything else you need for the big day. Once a week, the Lover.ly ladies are sharing their best tips for getting through the craziness of the season—whether you’re standing at the altar or enjoying a view of it from the audience.
We know that having professional pictures taken can strike fear in an otherwise laid-back woman’s heart—and the fact that it’s your wedding (the most important day of your life ERMAGHERD!) can really add to the pressure. But we’re here to tell you that you are photogenic! Here are our top tips to help you look outstanding in your wedding pictures.
The perfect position for posed photos: relaxed shoulders, body angled slightly toward the camera, chin tipped slightly down, and eyes focused on the camera.
Practice wisely. We’re all about practicing in front of the mirror, but rather than focusing on your face, try to memorize how your face feels when you like how you look. Are you raising your eyebrows? How open do your eyes feel? Where is your tongue? Memorizing where your features are will help you replicate the look without a mirror.
Just say no to posed photos that make you uncomfortable. If you and your fiance are always cracking each other up, tell your photographer that! A black and white shot of you gazing at each other looking pretend-serious will just look awkward.
Speaking of awkward, ditch the “skinny arm” trick (you know what we’re talking about) and instead relax your arms for your photos. We totally get being self-conscious about your upper arms, but you’ll draw less attention to them if you pose naturally for photos.
Doing a test run with your makeup is great…but snapping photos of it in different lighting is even better. If you’re doing a test run with your makeup artist, have her snap photos later—and don’t rely on an iPhone camera if you can avoid it. Grab a friend with a DSLR and be sure to get a couple shots with the flash on in the evening. You’ll want to be sure your wedding makeup looks great in all types of light.
When it comes to your hair, know that sleek updos don’t always look great in photos. A tight, low bun is chic in person, but can make you look bald on camera. Add a bit of volume on the top or the sides, or try a sideswept updo for hair that looks great at every angle. Again, take a bunch of photos after your test run to see if you need more volume on the big day.
The best on-camera look? A glowing smile. Brighten your teeth with whitening toothpaste in the weeks leading up to the wedding, and drop some Supersmile Powdered Mouthwash in your clutch so you can freshen up after the champagne toast. And a shiny—not sticky—lip gloss like Naked Princess Naked Shine will make your whole face glow.
What are your secrets for looking great in photos?
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