Everyone wants to look good in their wedding photos, but not everyone is a supermodel. I think everyone knows some of the basic tips to look good like wearing flattering clothing and having a camera up high, but there are a ton of other little things you can do as well. The little tips are often overlooked, but they really can make a difference. The good news is that these 5 Easy and Often Forgotten Tips for Wedding Photos are really simple to do.
5 Easy and Often Forgotten Tips for Wedding Photos
1. Take Everything Out of Your Pockets
The most important part of a photo is the faces and the expressions, but other things can be distracting. I know we all bring our cell phones and keys with us, but don’t put them in your pocket. Keys and phones will stick out and make a weird shape on the guy’s leg.
Most of the time, I’ll just have them pile all of their stuff onto my bag. That keeps it out of the pocket and easy to find later. If that isn’t an option, shift it all to a back pocket, so it will be hidden.
2. Don’t Chew Gum
Oh, I used to be addicted to gum. There was a point in my life where I chewed gum a good portion of the day, and would go through at least half a pack. I really don’t have a problem with gum, but it’s not the best thing for your photos.
If you are chewing gum during your photos, there is a good chance that the gum will show when you smile or laugh. I know I’ve had several really good photos get messed up by gum. It’s possible to edit it out sometime, but not always. It’s just easier to avoid it all and don’t chew the gum for a few hours.
3. Keep Your Chin Away from Your Neck
This goes back to the basics. Everyone knows that holding the camera up high makes you look better. The reason is you are lifting your head up to look at the camera and stretching out your neck. You can do this same thing in all of your photos and look better.
The most common time I see people struggle with this is when they aren’t posing for photos or they are laughing. In those moments, they aren’t thinking about their body, and often, the chin will sink down and create a double chin.
It’s hard to constantly be aware, but if you ever feel your chin sinking down, lift it up.
4. Shift Your Weight onto One Leg
Have you ever been told to stand or sit up straight? I think good posture is important, but in wedding photos, if you stand perfectly straight, you seem really rigid and uptight. I don’t think that’s what you are going for.
An easy trick to make you look more relaxed is to shift your weight onto a leg. This makes you push your body to one side and creates a natural curve. When you look at people in their everyday life, this is more what they look like.
5. Show Your Personality
Don’t be afraid to be who you really are! I do this as well. When we take family photos, we basically have to bribe our children to behave and smile nice for the camera. Yes, it’s good to have a few of these photos, but some of my favorite photos are when my kids are being who they are.
Get some normal photos but don’t hide who you are. Laugh, tell jokes, dance, or whatever it is you do. You can always get the normal photos for the majority of the time, but those in-between ones are gold.
That’s it! I know a lot of those are simple, but you’d be surprised how many times people forget them. Even if you only remember 1 or 2 of these 5 Easy and Often Forgotten Tips for Wedding Photos, you will be much better off. If you have any other simple tricks for wedding photos, I’d love to hear them!