Your wedding photographs will serve a far greater purpose than simply announcing your new relationship status across social media.
Long after you’ve exchanged vows, shared your first dance and cut the cake, your wedding photos are a physical reminder of the day that you both committed to a lifetime together.
Through them, you and your family can relive those very special moments of the day you both said “I do”.
The importance of these photos also means that couples tend to feel a significant amount of pressure to ensure that they are ‘perfect’.
So, what should you do?
Hiring a great professional wedding photographer – one whose work you love and are able to form a connection with – is the first step.
After that, trusting them to guide you towards the poses that look and feel natural is key.
If there’s one piece of posing advice that really sinks in, it’s to try to relax and have fun.
Doing this will ensure that the pictures result in something that isn’t posed but true.
Trusting your wedding photographer to get the shot, means that your focus should be only on enjoying the moment.
Your photographer will already have an idea on which locations will work best in terms of lighting and scenery.
I ask my couples to relax, be themselves and focus on one-another.
The more tuned into each other you can be, will result in more authentic, natural images.
Stand Up Straight
The secret to more flattering photos is great posture.
Standing up straight, with your shoulders back, will go towards ensuring that you look your best.
Poor posture will always be unflattering.
While good posture is important, physical tension doesn’t make for beautiful photos.
This is why you should look to keep your knee and elbow joints loose.
Remove Anything You Don’t Want To Be On Show
Remove any hair bands or smart watches on wrists prior to being photographed, as this can be a distraction in the photos.
It’s also important to remember to empty your pockets to avoid any unnecessary bulging from mobile phones, wallets or keys.
Keep Your Suit Jacket Buttoned
Anyone wearing a jacket should ensure that at least one button is fastened for a neater look.
Of course, there are exceptions to the rule…
You might be wearing a three piece suit and wish to show off the waistcoat.
Or perhaps you are looking for a more casual approach.
Watch Your Angles
A common mistake some people make is to hold their chin too high or tilt their head in a way that doesn’t look natural.
Many think that by making their chin look more angular, will result in a more flattering photo but this isn’t always the case.
In fact, the actual result can look awkward and uncomfortable.
Don’t Try To Pose!
This may seem counter-intuitive, but it’s best to not overthink posing.
If there’s a way for you to be together that feels natural, for example, by wrapping your arms around each other, don’t be afraid to do it.
More often than not, the best wedding photos result in no posing at all and come from naturally living in the moment.
If you are due to get married and are looking for a wedding photographer in Cornwall to capture your special day, please get in touch.
I would love to hear your wedding day plans.