3 Tips to Look Great in Photos

Hello!

A bride always wants to look amazing in her wedding photos. The single most important way to do that is by proper posing. No, really. You can the most exquisite gown, professional makeup and hair, and the finest jewelry available. None of it will matter if you are not posed properly. Your photographer will have quite a few tricks to help you, but here are some tips to keep in mind.

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  1. Leg Position- Even though your legs are not visible under a floor length gown, they make a huge difference in your posture. A general rule is to place most of your weight on the leg furthest from the camera. This creates more curve while making your hips appear slightly slimmer at the same time.

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  2. Chest- Move your chest forward slightly to emphasize curves. Also, you can take a breath and hold that position. A deep breath helps correct posture and expands the chest.

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  3. Create Space- Move your arms away from your waist. An arm resting against your body will look larger than it is, and it does nothing to define the waist. You need some space next to the small of your waist to emphasize your figure. Many people believe you have to have space on both sides of your waist to look the slimmest and this leads to robot arms. Usually just one side will do.

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    Another way to position your arms to define your waist is to place your elbow behind you as much as you can with your hand resting on your hip. While this doesn’t have space, it still shows off your figure.

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These are just a few tips to keep in mind! Look for more upcoming blog posts on posing! Thanks for reading!

-Kristen D.

 

 

 


How to Get the Best Wedding Photos

Hello!

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Want to know how to get the best wedding photos? Here are a few tips.

  1. Find Your Dream Photographer– This is number one because it makes all the difference. You will not like your wedding photos if you are not impressed by your photographer’s portfolio. Be sure you like their style and personality. Click here for more advice on this topic.
  2. Make a Shot List– Once you’ve booked your dream photographer you need to communicate your wants clearly. Write a formal shot list of everyone you want in each group photograph. Make another shot list explaining special moments, people, or items. Such as the moment your mother gives you an heirloom, or Grandpa is 94 and you want a really nice portrait of him.
  3. Understand What You Want– Do you want a first look? Do you want a bridal session? Are you okay with the photographer(s) moving all around or would you prefer them to be unseen? Are you okay with flash photography during the ceremony? Most of these questions will be asked by your photographer, but it’s good to think about what you want.
  4. Read About Posing Tips– Posing has almost become like a four letter word. Candid is great, but you aren’t going to get those drop dead gorgeous photos you dream about through candid photos or simply looking at the camera and smiling. Posing sounds so static and tense, but it’s wonderful if you are directed properly. Anyone will look bad if you photograph them a certain way. With subtle changes you can transform the way you look in a photograph. Much of this will come from the expertise of the photographer, but it’s good to know some general guidelines.
  5. Workout– If you are in shape or not, this is about feeling great about yourself. Exercise can be tough, but what a thrill it is when you complete a workout! It releases endorphins that just makes you feel great! That newfound confidence will shine through in your photos.
  6. Consider Other Sessions– Many of the beautiful bridal portraits you see on Pinterest were done during a bridal session and not at the wedding. Yes, your photographer can get some great photographs of you on your big day, but time is a major factor. My brides get an average of 40 more bridal portraits if they have a bridal session as opposed to the wedding day alone.
  7. Construct a Timeline– Be clear on how much time your photographer will have during the wedding day to photograph the formals, bridal, groom, and other photos. Also, allow ample time for them. I require an hour for just the bride and groom portraits. I prefer to schedule an hour and a half because things happen and I like to be prepared.
  8. Clear Communication– Tell everyone in the formal photos when to be ready and where to be. This includes the family and bridal party. Inform them of the time and place you set with your photographer. Then remind them two weeks out, and the day before. Once, I had scheduled an hour and a half for each side of the bridal party. The groomsmen were not ready until it was time for me to photograph the bridesmaids. Did I get the photos? Yes. However, I didn’t get to give them as many photos as I wanted simply because of time.
  9. Relax– A wedding is stressful. Things are going to go wrong, and the best thing you can do is go with the flow. If you are stressed, it will show in your photos. You can do two things that will ease your mind on your big day. One, hire professionals that can handle issues on their own (i.e. the AC goes out and the flowers are starting to wilt, but the florist knows just what to do to keep them looking fresh!). Two, dedicate someone to handle all the problems that arise that day. Whether that is the wedding coordinator, the maid/matron of honor, or a family friend, be sure that everyone knows to ask them first before bringing any problems to you.
  10. Trust Your Photographer– You may feel like your photographer is asking you to do things that seem odd. Such as moving you to another location while getting ready, or choosing a different location than the ceremony site to do formals. Trust them. We are looking for great light all the time and want to give you the best photos possible.

 

I hope these tips help take some stress away. Thanks for reading!

-Kristen D.


How Choosing Your Wedding Photographer is A Lot Like Dating

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Hello, again!

Are you about to dive into the beautiful and stressful world of wedding planning? I hope I can make the process just a little bit easier. Choosing your wedding photographer is a lot like dating. You don’t want to hire someone with whom you don’t get along. Have you ever been on an unpleasant date? All the signs are the same. Here we go…

  1. Mr. Not-So-Nice-Guy. Okay, if you are interviewing the photographer and he is really nice to you, but then turns to the waitress and is completely rude, you need to find another photographer. The last thing you want on your wedding day are complaints of your photographer being rude to your guests. Instead, find a photographer who is pleasant to everyone. It’s a great quality for anyone to have. Especially when they will have to be an authority in some situations on your wedding day.
  2. Mr. White Lies. You’ve probably dated someone who stretched the truth before. That someone who put on a facade to impress you may actually be a nice person, but little white lies are a red flag when searching for a photographer. In the photography world, the facade is usually tied in with plagiarism. This happens mainly with photographers who are just starting out, and want to get clients, but have no portfolio. So they go onto another website of a successful photographer and steal their images. So, my advice is to ask them to bring an album of a wedding they have done recently. Maybe even two, just so you can get a good idea about the quality of their work. If they deny this request without good reason, then it is time to look elsewhere.
  3. Mr. All-About-Me. You know the date who talks about himself… a lot? Yeah, that’s another red flag when choosing a photographer. This is the photographer who only goes over what he offers, and isn’t really interested in YOU and what you like. He will spend most of the time talking prices and sales. Look for a photographer who gets excited about your wedding.
  4. Mr. Nice Guy. This photographer is nice, and has a good portfolio, and takes interest in you and your wedding. However, just like not every nice guy is the one for you, this photographer and you just aren’t clicking. That is okay! There are plenty of fish in the sea.
  5. The One. You’ve already found “The One”. You are about to get married to him. You obviously don’t marry your photographer, but he or she will be with you much more than most wedding vendors. This is the photographer whom’s company you enjoy. You can laugh and talk about aspects of your wedding like you are speaking with a friend.

In summary, you want to hire someone who you enjoy being around. The photographer will be with you all day and is continuously interacting with you and your bridal party, family, and guests. Be sure the photographer clicks- pun intended. 🙂

Thank you for reading! I will be posting some photography tutorials in the near future! Come back soon! – Kristen