As a professional wedding photographer, I know first-hand how important it is to get those wedding photos you’ve seen on Instagram – if you want to achieve those perfect photos, you’ll need to master the art of posing.

Let’s dive in and explore some tips and tricks I’ve picked up during my time behind the camera so you know how to pose for your wedding photos in front of the camera!

1. Relax and be yourself

The first and most important tip for posing in wedding photos is to relax and be yourself.

It’s totally natural to feel nervous and self-conscious in front of the camera – try to remember that your photographer is there to make you look your best.

Take a deep breath, let go of any tension or self-consciousness, and trust your photographer to guide you through the poses you feel comfortable with.

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2. Practice your posing

If you want to feel more comfortable in front of the camera before your big day, you could practice your posing ahead of time.

I know it might sound silly, but practising in front of a mirror or with a friend can help you experiment with different poses and angles you might like.

This can help give you a sense of what works best for you with the added bonus of allowing you to feel more confident in front of the camera on the day.

3. Know your angles

Everyone has their own unique angles that are most flattering to them.

Take the time to figure out which angles work best for you – you can then communicate this to your photographer.

If you have a round face, tilting your head slightly can make your face appear slimmer.

If you have a prominent jawline, angling your face slightly can soften the look.

If you’re unsure, feel free to ask your wedding photographer – ultimately, we want you to be happy with your photos! 

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4. Focus on your posture

Good posture is key to looking your best in photos. Make sure to stand up straight, with your shoulders back and your chin up. This will make you appear more confident and this comes across in your photos.

Avoid slouching or hunching over, as this can make you look uncomfortable or nervous.

Again, practice this whilst out and about or at home – you’ll be surprised how confident you’ll feel from pretending you’re more confident!

5. Use props and accessories

Using props and accessories can add interest and variety to your wedding photos.

You can use flowers, balloons, or other decorations like smoke grenades as props.

Talk to your wedding photographer and ask about what props they have used before – this can give you a good sense of what might work well on your wedding day, depending on the weather and type of venue.

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6. Incorporate movement

Movement is a great way to add a sense of life and energy to your wedding photos. Try dancing, walking, or running to create dynamic and interesting photos. 

Your photographer can capture these moments naturally and candidly, which can be especially effective for capturing the joy and excitement of the wedding day. 

One of my personal favourites is to simply have you and your partner walk towards and away from the camera whilst having a chat – the results are amazing!

7. Pay attention to lighting

Lighting is one of the most crucial elements in photography – as a photographer, we are always chasing the light! Mastering and understanding light can make a big difference in how you look in your photos.

Natural light is often the most flattering, so try to take photos outside or near a window if possible.

Avoid harsh or direct light, as this can create unflattering shadows on your face.

Your photographer will be able to guide you on the best lighting options for your special day.

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8. Work with your photographer

Finally, it’s important to work closely with your photographer to create the perfect wedding photos.

Talk to them about what you’re looking for in your photos, and let them provide guidance and suggestions based on their expertise.

They can work with you to create a plan for your wedding day and ensure that the photos capture the beauty and joy of your special day.

In summary, mastering the art of posing is essential to achieving the perfect wedding photos.

Remember to relax and be yourself, practice your posing, focus on your posture, use props and accessories, incorporate movement, pay attention to lighting, and most importantly, work closely with your photographer.

By following these tips, you’ll be able to create stunning and lasting memories of your special day!

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