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8 bridal posing mistakes to avoid

Your want your wedding photos to be amazing, right?  Well, here are 8 bridal posing mistakes to avoid for stunning wedding photos.

  1. Forced Smiles:

    • Avoid overly forced or fake smiles. Instead, try to relax and let your genuine emotions shine through. Your natural smile will look more beautiful and authentic in photos. 
  2. Stiff Posture:

    • Standing too stiffly can make photos look awkward. Relax your shoulders, stand tall, and slightly angle your body to create a more flattering silhouette. Bend your arms slightly at the elbows for a more natural look.
  3. Ignoring Your Hands:

    • Awkwardly placed hands can distract from an otherwise lovely photo. Be mindful of where your hands are and gently place them on your hips, hold your bouquet, clasp your hands together, or have your partner hold them for a romantic touch.
  4. Not Communicating with Your Photographer:

    • Make sure you communicate with your photographer about your preferences and any concerns you have. They are professionals and can guide you on poses that will look best for your body type and style.
  5. Overlooking the Veil:

    • If you’re wearing a veil, make sure to pose with it intentionally. Let it flow naturally in the wind, or drape it over your shoulder for a classic look. Avoid letting it cover your face too much unless it’s for a specific shot.
  6. Ignoring the Background:

    • Pay attention to your surroundings and the background of your photos. Avoid distracting elements like cluttered spaces or people walking in the background. Choose backgrounds that complement your attire and the overall mood of the photo.
  7. Not Practicing Poses:

    • It can be helpful to practice some poses in front of a mirror before the wedding day. This will help you feel more comfortable and confident when posing for photos.
  8. Forgetting About Timing and Lighting:

    • Timing is crucial for outdoor photos, especially during the golden hour (an hour after sunrise or before sunset) for beautiful, soft lighting. Work with your photographer to plan the best times for outdoor shots.

A great way to not have fake smiles or stiff poses is to get to know your photographer.  If you and your photographer are friendly, you are more likely to be natural in your poses, smiles and laughs.  Take some time before the wedding to sit down for coffee or dinner with your photographer and get to know each other.  The investment in that time will pay off in more authentic looking images.

Remember, the most important thing is to feel comfortable and confident. Trust your photographer’s guidance, but also don’t be afraid to suggest poses or angles you feel good about. It’s your day, and the photos will capture the beauty and joy of the moment!