A chic dress is already in the clos­et, the best wed­ding pho­tog­ra­ph­er is booked — and the jit­ters before the wed­ding pho­to shoot do not let go! Sud­den­ly the pho­tos turn out so-so? What if you don’t like your­self in the pic­tures? No pan­ic! Chan­fash­ion col­lect­ed for you impor­tant tips on pos­ing at a wed­ding pho­to shoot so that you are sat­is­fied not only with the process, but also with the result.

Council number 1. No drastic changes

At a wed­ding pho­to shoot, you don’t need to ran­dom­ly change posi­tions every cou­ple of sec­onds. Such tur­moil will not pro­vide you with more suc­cess­ful shots, but the pho­tog­ra­ph­er and the groom can be con­fus­ing 🙂 If you want to take struc­tured wed­ding pho­tos with pos­ing, then it’s bet­ter to change a lit­tle every few shots: change the tilt of the head, slight­ly shift the shoul­ders, change the direc­tion of your gaze. With such smooth changes, it will be eas­i­er for you to find the most favor­able angles.

Council number 2. Attention to hands

Non-pro­fes­sion­al mod­els often do not know where to put their hands, and this makes the pose look very unnat­ur­al and tense. Try to relax your hands, slight­ly spread and bend your fin­gers — so the han­dles will look more ele­gant.

photo at the wedding
wedding photographer Kyiv

Council number 3. natural behavior

The cam­era always feels fake, so you should­n’t pre­tend to be a dif­fer­ent per­son, even if you real­ly want to 🙂 Nat­u­ral­ness is espe­cial­ly impor­tant in wed­ding pho­tog­ra­phy: this is a sto­ry about you real, not fic­tion­al char­ac­ters.

Behave as nat­u­ral­ly as pos­si­ble, as if there is no pho­tog­ra­ph­er near­by — then he will be able to catch the sweet­est moments and the most sin­cere emo­tions. Nat­ur­al timid­i­ty, clum­si­ness, fool­ish­ness make you your­self, and the pho­tographs are very ten­der and touch­ing. So dur­ing a wed­ding pho­to shoot, you don’t need to hide your real fea­tures behind a mask of mock seri­ous­ness.

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Council number 4. The best angles

Even cat­walk mod­els have angles in which both the legs are short and the sides hang, and the face is kind of stu­pid. So no need to stand at the mir­ror with the Ins­ta pro­file of mod­els on your phone and lament 🙂

A pro­fes­sion­al pho­tog­ra­ph­er will tell you the best angles, but you can look for them your­self. Put your phone on a win­dow sill or a shelf, turn on the video record­ing, move away from the phone and try to fix your­self in dif­fer­ent posi­tions for a cou­ple of sec­onds. Change not only the tilt of the head, but also the shoul­ders, arms, arch of the back, alter­nate­ly put the legs for­ward — in gen­er­al, play with the pos­es to the fullest, try­ing as many changes as pos­si­ble.

how beautiful it will be in the photo
how to pose for a photo

After review­ing the video, take screen­shots of the moments where you look your best and ana­lyze them: this way you will see the work­ing sides and dis­ad­van­ta­geous angles, and this will help a lot dur­ing the wed­ding pho­to shoot.

Council number 5. Posture

Bad pos­ture will spoil even the best fig­ure and sin­cere emo­tions in the pho­to. Try to keep your back straight and your shoul­ders straight and set back a lit­tle: this way you will look the most advan­ta­geous.

Council number 6. Expressive look

A com­mon mis­take at pho­to shoots is an emp­ty look. When look­ing at the cam­era, think about any­thing: for exam­ple, try to mul­ti­ply 53 by 76 in your head 🙂 It sounds fun­ny, but this way the look will become more mean­ing­ful and mys­te­ri­ous. In paired pho­tos, the groom will help you: the views of lov­ing peo­ple can­not be faked, they will make the frame very touch­ing and ten­der. The main thing is to think less about the fear of the cam­era and more about your beloved.

how to look good in wedding photos
photo bride

Council number 7. pose half-faced

To look more ele­gant and petite, pose half-turned in front of the cam­era at a wed­ding pho­to shoot, and not direct­ly. This pose will add more curves to the fig­ure, and the dress will look more inter­est­ing.

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Tip #8. Neat kisses

French kiss­es are not for cam­eras, they are bet­ter left for moments alone 🙂 By the way, not all cou­ples gen­er­al­ly like to kiss on cam­era and feel uncom­fort­able at the same time at a wed­ding pho­to shoot. If you also hold such views and this is too inti­mate for you, you def­i­nite­ly don’t need to kiss through force. There are many oth­er ways to express ten­der­ness: touch­ing, hug­ging, inter­lac­ing hands, and even just looks. Believe me, in the pho­to and with­out kiss­es, every­one will under­stand that you are the bride and groom 🙂

wedding photoset
wedding photo session

If you don’t feel any awk­ward­ness from kiss­ing on cam­era, then light touch­es of the lips and a moment a cou­ple of moments before the kiss look most pho­to­genic.

Tip #9. Play up the dress

There are not so many chances to flaunt in a wed­ding dress to miss them 🙂 It is not for noth­ing that almost every wed­ding pho­tog­ra­phy ses­sion hosts a bride jog­ging — in motion, a fly­ing wed­ding dress looks sim­ply mag­i­cal. Of course, it all depends on the style and cut of the dress itself: a sophis­ti­cat­ed tight-fit­ting “mer­maid” asks for an ele­gant pos­ing in the spir­it of Vogue, a flow­ing del­i­cate dress — for live­ly and nat­ur­al shots. Focus on the most impor­tant details of the dress: open back, puffed sleeves, embroi­dery on the bodice.

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Wed­ding pho­tog­ra­ph­er — your main assis­tant, men­tor and inspir­er at the wed­ding pho­to shoot. Thanks to expe­ri­ence and obser­va­tion, he will def­i­nite­ly tell you the most suc­cess­ful angles and pos­es to empha­size your beau­ty. Lis­ten to a pro­fes­sion­al and do not be afraid to offer your ideas and wish­es: the pho­tog­ra­ph­er will ful­fill them or sug­gest how they can be suc­cess­ful­ly trans­formed.

bride poses
bride posing


Exhale! No need to think about unfin­ished busi­ness, hitch­es with the weath­er and “god, what if I don’t look good in the frame” at a wed­ding pho­to shoot. Relax and focus on pos­i­tive things: you and your fiancé are incred­i­bly beau­ti­ful today, the dress is chic, the loca­tion is mag­i­cal. And most impor­tant­ly, your most beloved and dear per­son is near­by. True love is always beau­ti­ful 🙂

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Look in advance at oth­er peo­ple’s wed­ding pho­to shoots, for exam­ple, in our sec­tion “Real wed­dings”. There, pho­tog­ra­phers post full-fledged pho­to reports from the shoot­ing of wed­dings and love sto­ries. Peek ideas, pos­es, loca­tions and moods of oth­er new­ly­weds — this will def­i­nite­ly come in handy at wed­ding pho­tog­ra­phy.

wedding walk
walk at the wedding photo


Take more pic­tures. In a beau­ti­ful cafe, in a park, even just at home, set­ting the phone’s cam­era on a timer. So by the time of the wed­ding pho­to ses­sion, you will get used to the lens and pos­ing a lit­tle, and the jit­ters will decrease sig­nif­i­cant­ly.

Preparing for a wedding shoot

Com­pe­tent orga­ni­za­tion of a wed­ding pho­to shoot takes a lot of headaches off of you. How to get to the loca­tion, avoid get­ting stuck in traf­fic jams, where you can change clothes and what to do if it sud­den­ly rains? The more orga­ni­za­tion­al issues you think over in advance, the less you will have to wor­ry about dur­ing the wed­ding pho­to shoot itself. Do not hes­i­tate to ask the pho­tog­ra­ph­er for advice and help: it is in his own inter­ests that every­thing goes smooth­ly, and you and your fiancé are sat­is­fied with both the result and the process itself.

wedding posing
poses for a wedding photo shoot