The wedding dress: 10 ways to make it look as beautiful as possible in photos
Whether your wedding dress is puffy, straight or short, it's a once-in-a-lifetime outfit! That's why it's so important to capture it successfully in a photo!
1. CHOOSE THE RIGHT BACKDROP
Let's start with the morning of the wedding and photograph the dress before the bride puts it on. To get really beautiful photos, prepare a sleek hanger beforehand (no plastic, too bulky or dark options) and a backdrop for the shoot.
Suitable as a monochrome background (for example, an empty wall in the room where the gathering will take place), and more original options: the dress can be beautifully placed on the bed, hung on the balcony or even hung on a tree, if the wedding will be held in nature.
2. GET THE ACCESSORIES RIGHT
To accentuate the beautiful back neckline, ditch the long veil in favour of a shorter or minimalist version without lace and embroidery. A classic ball gown requires appropriate footwear - it must be pumps with high heels or elegant sandals (after the ceremony they can be replaced by a more comfortable option).
On chilly evenings, you can throw a soft cardigan over your shoulders if your dress is in the rustic or boho style, but to the traditional look more suitable elegant bolero. Such simple tricks will help you show your dress in the most successful way and not to run out of the general style of the celebration.
3. WATCH YOUR POSTURE.
Firstly, it will make you look slimmer in the photographs, secondly, so you can show your dress in all its glory. But don't go too far - an unnaturally straight back and stiff shoulders would show up in a shot. A good way to avoid this, but also to avoid slouching, is to throw your shoulders back a little, which opens up your ribcage and makes your arms look firmer, and to pull your chin forward (not up!).
4. DIFFERENT RACKS.
Every dress has its own winning angles, so we advise you to show off in front of the mirror for a while before the photo shoot to find your best poses. A full-length back shot is a must for a dress with a long train. A delicate, flowing dress looks beautiful when in motion, so you can jog or spin in place, so that the wind blows in the fabric.
Rehearse in advance in front of the mirror how you'll lift the hem of the dress, going up the stairs or getting into the car.
5. MOVE SLOWLY.
When the photographer asks you to walk in front of the camera, do it slowly, relaxed, avoid sudden movements. You don't need to rush anywhere, let a professional take as many elegant shots as possible. This also applies to walking with your fiancé: don't walk too fast, take small steps.
6. PAY ATTENTION TO DETAILS
If your dress has a very pretty back, elegant embroidery, buttons or an unusual neckline - be sure to save these details in the photo. Don't hesitate to ask your photographer to pay special attention to them. Even such seemingly simple shots where the bride simply lifts up the hem of the dress, accentuating the fabrics or lace, look very sophisticated!
7. AVOID UNNATURAL POSES
Many brides are nervous and nervous when they're in front of a camera - how best to stand up, where to look, where to put your hands? Because of this, they often strike unnatural, strenuous poses. For example, they press their hands too tightly to the body, which makes them look less elegant, or they strain their fingers when holding a bouquet, which makes their hands look unaesthetic. Or they hold 'closed' poses with their arms crossed over their chest. The best way to avoid this is to be as relaxed as possible and discuss possible poses and angles with the photographer.
8. "GOLDEN HOURS".
There's a concept in photography called the 'golden hour' - this is the time before sunset when the sun's rays become gentler and create a very gentle natural light that transforms everything around you.
Unfortunately, often the timing of weddings is such that the wedding photo shoot is held in the afternoon, when the bright sun only gets in the way of the photographer. If you don't have the option of moving the love-story to a later time, simply set aside 10-15 minutes during the banquet when the guests will be busy with the show program and head off with the groom and photographer to meet the sunset.
9. BE COMFORTABLE IN YOUR DRESS
Choose a dress that makes you comfortable to move around in: and not just stroll leisurely under the arm of your groom, but also dance, twirl, jump, run. The dress should not be heavy, too hot or cramped. You have to breathe in it with your chest full.
Make sure it doesn't fall off, the fabric doesn't chafe anywhere. Otherwise, instead of feeling calm and relaxed in front of the camera, all you'll be doing is yanking, adjusting and tightening the dress. And this way, getting the occasional good shot will be a lot harder.
The main secret to the most beautiful and lively photos is that there's no posing there! The more you try to look good in front of the camera, the more you think about the pose and the angle, the more stiff your body looks, the less natural and lively the photo becomes. So the most important key to getting perfect photos is to relax as much as possible and just act natural.