A big question people have is how to stand for wedding photos. To be honest, this isn’t just a question the bride and groom has, but also one that the photographer struggles with.
I recently went down to La Jolla, CA last Friday for a wedding photography workshop so that I could practice directing people in their posing. I have a wedding coming up this saturday and I haven’t shot one for a bit since it’s off season. I just thought maybe it would be a nice warm up before shooting an official wedding.
It was a gorgeous location and I was super happy I went. It was right on the edge of the La Jolla cliffs. Super dramatic.
The crew had set up a cute hexagonal arch and a sweetheart table with pinks and golds.
I am the queen of leaving my camera lens laying around, I’m lucky I haven’t had anything stolen. But I’ve got to tell you I really learned a lesson about it at this workshop. Thank the good Lord it didn’t happen to me, but another photographer dropped their lens and it went rolling over the side of the cliff. The poor guy! Considering my $2,000 lens had been sitting unsupervised on the sweetheart table and could have easily been knocked off, I am committed to never letting it out of my grubby little paws again!
Here’s a few tips I learned at the workshop on how to stand for wedding photos.
How to stand for wedding photos
1. Control your hair
Your hair is a really easy starting point for non-models and is a piece of cake to control (assuming it’s not horrendously windy!). Basically, you want to make sure your hair is off your shoulders. Your hair can be behind your shoulders, in front of your shoulders, off to the side or up. But don’t let it sit on your shoulders. It gives you a wild, unkempt look and can add virtual weight in the photo.
Also, try to pay attention to if your hair is stuck in your mouth or flying away. Occasionally smooth down your hair or ask your groom if it’s going crazy lol. And pay attention to his too because he most likely won’t!
2. Push your forehead forward
Everybody is concerned about their double chin. And everybody has one.
Even the skinniest person can give themselves a double chin if they pull their head back and tuck in their chin.
So do the opposite. Kinduv.
Don’t point your chin out because that makes you look like you have a big chin and it points your nose up so that the photographer gets nice photos of your nostrils.
You actually want to point your forehead forward towards the camera like a turtle coming out of its shell. This gives you a nice jawline, keeps your nose down and even though it feels weird, it looks amazing.
3. Push with your tongue
Another cool, but weird way to get rid of your double chin is by pushing your tongue against the roof of your mouth while you’re smiling. This flexes the tongue muscles and helps to pull your chin flab up. Heidi Klum uses this technique…not that she has any chin flab…
4. Lift your arm
When your arm is lying flat against your body, it spreads out your arm flesh and makes it look like you have big flabby arms. Lift your arm up an inch or two off your body and it will slim out your arms tremendously.
5. Leave empty space around your waist
Whatever your waist is touching becomes a visual member of your waist line. If your arm is touching your waist, it expands your waist line in the photo. Simply lifting your arms away from your waist will visually slim your waist due to the empty visual space around it. Additionally, this helps you to do number 3 of lifting and slimming your arm.
However, it’s not just lifting your arm that’s important, but twisting your body to show an empty space on the far side. So even if your arms are on your hips, make sure the camera can see the gap on both sides.
6. Turn your shoulders
Super easy, but important to remember. If you’re a gal, turn your shoulders slightly away from the camera. Women are expected to be slim and curvy. Shoulders straight on towards the camera are broad (not what you ladies want) and it’s also more aggressive. Sometimes this is a cool look for women, but generally not on the wedding day when you’re wanting to come across as more dainty, lady like and slim.
7. Follow your nose with your eyes and don’t show the whites of your eyes
You look kinda crazy when the whites of your eyes are showing too much. If you feel yourself straining to look from the corner, you are definitely showing too much white. Also, if you want a photo where you’re not looking directly at the camera, look to the side of the photographer, but not super far to the side. You always want the camera to see the colored part of your eyes.
The best way to keep your eyes from showing too much white is to follow your nose with your eyes. Make sure your eyes are relatively pointed in the same direction as your nose.
7. Cock a hip, cross your legs or put one foot forward on point
Any of these ways of standing will help to curve your body and soften up. The curvier us ladies look the better as far as photos go. These stances will also make you look slimmer and make your legs look longer.
I hope that helps you to have a bit more of an idea on how to stand for wedding photos!