I have always considered myself unphotogenic (and especially terrible at mastering tip number 4) so I hide from the camera whenever possible which is not the best way to document your life!
For many of us posing for wedding photos can be a little daunting to say the least, so today I asked Auckland based photography guru Kate Wark to help us look our best with 10 fabulous tips!
And if you are feeling a little uncomfortable in front of the camera, then an engagement shoot is the perfect way to practice your poses. Check out the pro’s below, beautifully photographed by Kate.
P.S How sweet are couple Adrian & Nellie who have been married 60 years! Check out the full post here.
1. Pick a location that is significant to you both.
Somewhere where you feel comfortable and relaxed. Think outside the box – I could follow you through the markets or sit down with you in a 50’s themed diner.
2. Feel great about how you look.
Have that incredible outfit you got on sale and fits you like a dream picked out before the shoot. Think about whether it will go well with your choice of location. Wear your favourite shoes- you know, the ones that make your ankles look AMAZE. Follow the same pampering process you do that makes you feel like a superstar… and want to take numerous selfies in the bathroom before heading out.
When you arrive, spend some time chatting with me – your photographer. Share a laugh, pretend my jokes are funny, and let’s get comfortable with each other’s company. Remember that I’m still the same person behind that big camera and I’m having a tonne of fun working with you.
4. Exude confidence- work the camera!
You might already know your best angles, and if you don’t, I’ll tell you when you’re looking incredible and photographing like a dream. I can’t help it. When you have more confidence, you naturally hold your body differently. And if you want to fake it, here are a few little tips:
– Elongate your neck and hold your head high. It does amazing things for your chin.
– Relax your shoulders and stand tall. Shoulders are a dead giveaway as that’s where we all tend to direct our tension. Ease up by flailing about for a bit – it’ll make you laugh as well as relax your body!
– Avoid paddle hands and the claw. Loosen up your hands and let them fall in to natural positions.
4. Smile and be happy!
There is truly nothing better than capturing natural smiles between two people in love. It’s like catnip to us photographers.
5. Run through a series of expressions, poses and interactions.
Think about what you feel most comfortable doing and create a unique little set list in your head. Look at your partner, look at the camera, turn your body, go in for a kiss…. and repeat! Each time you do it, there’ll be slight variations – like that little giggle after the kiss, and the goofy grins to match.
6. Keep an open mind.
Try new poses. I might suggest a pose or expression that not only sounds but feels awkward as heck. Roll with it – more often than not, those poses photograph beautifully.
7. Avoid cheesy poses. Let your love for each other speak for itself.
8. Find places where you can sit down.
It not only provides me with an opportunity to get flattering shots from a higher angle, but it also gives you the opportunity to rest and relax your body. Incorporate this in to the shoot – bring along a picnic blanket or some funky chairs and use them as props. There are some incredibly beautiful, intimate and romantic poses that are best achieved by sitting down.
9. Don’t over think it.
You’ve read this, and you’ve probably trawled through endless photographs on Pinterest, so deep down you know exactly what to do. Trust yourself, you’ve got this.
10. If I’m struggling to contain little excited squeals – you’re doing something right. Keep it up!