Ladies... these are the pictures you will show off for the rest of your lives, so make it good!
Your photographer will guide you into certain poses, but sometimes, when it's not natural, it just doesn't work.
Find a photographer you are comfortable with and have fun with him/her.
Here are a few other tips to remember so you look relaxed, pretty and taut!
- Push your face towards the camera. Pretend you're a turtle, sticking your head out of the shell. This tightens the skn under the chin, reducing double chins and making you look young and fresh. Practice, practice, practice!
- Hands are a concern for everybody. What to do with them? Forget about it and focus on your face. Just let them hang at your sides, but fingers slightly curled and not straight. Rotate hands so thumbs are towards the camera instead of the back of your hands. For guys... a slightly more relaxed look is to hook your thumbs into your pockets or into your belt. You can also put your hand in your pocket, but leave the thumb out and pointing down instead of across your waist.
- Smile with your EYES! This is the most important place to smile. Without the eyes smiling, you just have a plastered-on grin. Stiff and uncomfortable.
- Have a great 'camera smile'. Martha Stewart does this by raising her eyebrows a touch and smiling with lips apart, which brings the cheeks up. A slightly surprised and very HAPPY look. Practice!!!
I stress again and again... PRACTICE YOUR POSING!
Ever notice that celebrities often have the same pose in different pictures?
The reason for that is that they practice and learn the best poses for their figures and personalities.
Tape your favourite photo of yourself to a mirror and mimic the pose from that picture every time you are in front of it.
Start posing and practicing, brides-to-be and grooms-to-be.... These pictures are for your lifetime!