10 Tips for Looking Your Best in Wedding Pictures, Even If You’re Not the Bride
Very few people?love?getting their photo taken at weddings, but whether you’re the bride, a bridesmaid or a guest, chances are you’ll find yourself in front of the camera. Here…
Practice this celebrity pose.
?Hollywood knows a thing or two about looking 10 pounds lighter in front of the camera. Try this classic flattering red carpet pose (practice this in front of a mirror):
Stand with your hips rotated 45 degrees away from the camera. Put your weight on your back foot. Stretch out your other leg and cross it in front, with the foot pointed toward the camera. Bend the knee a bit so you don’t lock up or look stiff. Feel free to put a hand on your hip. Don’t forget to smile!
?Take some advice from Tyra on?America’s Next Top Model?and smile with your eyes.
?The less smiley, more serious poses are trendy, especially for bridal-party pictures. But not grinning doesn’t mean you want to look peeved either. When Natasha got married last summer, her mom told her to be sure she was smiling with her eyes. “This helped me avoid having a limp face or looking like I didn’t want to be there,” she says
Go easy on orange-y makeup.
Some cosmetic touches can actually backfire when it comes to looking more photogenic. Although you might feel more beautiful when bronzed, cameras tend to go a bit crazy when picking up yellows and oranges. Even if you look merely sun-kissed in real life, you might look closer to carrot-hued in the photos. This is especially true if others in the photos with you haven’t kept up with the same sunshine/spray tan/bronzer routine.
Similarly, glitter and other luminescent lotions can end up looking like sweat, not sparkle, in pics. Plus, they tend to rub off on everyone you hug?say, a groom wearing a black tux.
Relax your face.
?Wedding pictures can take time and can be a torture?especially if those killer shoes are making your feet blister. So if you start to feel your brow furrow, your eyes squint or smile stiffen, feel free to push the reset button:
Close your eyes let your lips fall back into place and relax your face. Don’t hesitate to ask the photographer to count out loud while your eyes are closed. On three, open them and turn on that winning grin, knowing you’ll be dancing barefoot soon enough.
?Avoid the double chin.
Trust us, double chins can plague even the slimmest of women in pictures. To avoid it, elongate your neck by moving your head forward slightly and lift up your chin. “You know you have gone too far down when you feel your neck creasing,” says Anna
?Another tip: Try touching your tongue to the roof of your mouth right behind your front teeth. Just be sure not to tense up too much
?Fake sleek arms.
The majority of wedding dresses (for both the bride and guests!) are sleeveless, which means you may be tempted to keep your arms close to your body or clasp them behind your back to camouflage underarm jiggle. This can actually make your arms look bigger and your shoulders broader. Instead, try lifting your arms out to the sides, just far enough to give the biceps and triceps breathing room.
Don’t underestimate the beauty of laughing.
?Fake smiles are not flattering, but the same cannot be said for fake laughs. Next time you need to loosen up for a photo, let out a forced “Ha! Ha!” And then do it again? and?again. The ridiculousness of it will make you and everybody else laugh for real. And?that?photo will be a keeper.
Think about funny things what happened on your hen party and remind to the girls. That?s definitely makes everyone laugh
Stop trying so hard?not?to blink.
Don't freak out if you happen to blink when the shutter snaps?with digital cameras, it costs nothing to shoot another frame or three. If you're notorious for blinking in pictures, go ahead and try to perfect your timing, but don't rely on opening your eyes wider or they'll get drier and be more apt to close. And for those who wear glasses, consider taking them off if you're around bright lights or a flash is being used. It'll prevent glare. Communicate with photographer. Tell him/her you might have blinked. Photographer can not see everyone in the picture, also he watching for many other things as well, so do not hesitate to tell him you not happy
Stand up straight.
When you’re feeling self-conscious, you may be inclined to shrink into yourself. But slouching won’t do you any favors, so try to rock the good posture instead. “I try to think about being a ballerina or pianist at a recital,” says Paige. “I put my shoulders back, chest forward and pull my belly button in toward my spine. The better posture I have, the thinner I look!” Remember: You can still be relaxed while maintaining good posture, so don’t forget to take a few deep breaths and let the tension out of your neck, shoulders and jaw.
Watch how much you drink.
This should go without saying, but just in case, here goes:
If you know that you’ll be in a lot of photos over the course of the wedding day (we’re talking to you, wedding party), go easy on the libations. The last thing you want is to look as boozy as you feelCheers!