Prepping for your wedding photos can be tough! Not everyone lights up in front of the camera like a Kardashian, and that’s totally fine. If you haven’t learned to channel your inner model, don’t worry, we’re here to help. While you won’t be able to transform into a 6-foot glamazon overnight, there are a few tricks that’ll make you more confident in front of a photographer’s lens on your big day.
Here’s how to prep for your wedding photos.
Practice, practice, practice
You may feel a bit lame modelling in front of your mirror, but it can really help you learn your angles, so don’t knock it ‘til you try it. You’ll want to sample different expressions and poses with your partner so that you know exactly what to do when your wedding day arrives. Remember, this doesn’t have to be a super serious activity - throw on Madonna’s “Vogue” and let loose a little (honestly, it’ll probably make your posing even more impressive).
If you’re uncomfortable, the camera is probably going to catch it, so don’t fake your smiles or over exaggerate your poses, just act natural. You want to look like your enjoying the moment, not focusing too hard on your posture or hand placement. In the end, your wedding photos may not look like they were torn from the pages of a high fashion magazine, but that’s probably for the better.
Ask for direction
Your photographer is there to do more than just snap photos, he or she can also act as your director. This probably won’t be their first wedding shoot, so there’s a good chance they’ll have a few tips on relaxing, finding your light and posing. Even if you think you know exactly what you’re doing, asking for a little bit of direction could take your shots from OK to downright magical, so use that resource!
Fake it ‘til you make it
Nobody - not even your photographer - expects you to become full-fledged models between now and your wedding day. However, you can find your inner Tyra Banks and smize like a pair of top models. No, you don’t need to learn to do the splits or high kick, you just need to find that little spark of confidence. Seriously, just pretend you know what you’re doing and you might just succeed.
Work as a team
Playing off your partner is essential. You don’t want to look like an awkward stock photo couple, so work as a team when taking your wedding pictures. Look into each other’s eyes, keep the body language natural and enjoy being in your own little bubble. Need a point of reference? Prince Harry and Meghan Markle seem to have it sorted.
Roll with the punches
If the weather starts acting up right when you start shooting your wedding portraits or a few storm clouds mess with your beautiful natural lighting, don’t let it get to you. You can’t fight Mother Nature, so take a few deep breaths and let your photographer guide you. Chances are you’ll still end up with some stunning wedding photos.