1. You don’t always have to smile.
I know this may sound strange, but it’s true. When a bride smiles, her eyes get squinty and her cheeks get wider from her smile. Even though everyone loves a smile, I ask my brides to relax their facial muscles once in a while. This helps the face to appear more slender, and allows their eyes to really show in the photos. Plus, it gives your face muscles a chance to relax. Otherwise, your cheeks will be frozen stiff in a smile that appears to be less genuine by the end of the photo shoot.

2. Women have curves; so don’t hide them in your poses.
All women can agree that the female body has curves. And every body is different. The one thing I find that can really improve the shape of the body in a bridal portrait is to twist your body. Pose in front of a mirror and point your pelvis towards the right while your shoulders twist to your left. This helps show your waistline while making your knees appear more narrow. Ever wonder where the term “Hourglass Figure” comes from? It’s from this pose.

3. Keep your arms away from your waistline.
No bride wants to add inches to their figure that don’t really exist. I find the best way to prevent this is by keeping your arms away from your waist. Telling my brides to “Create a window” reminds them to make some space between the inside of their arms and their waist to help keep their arms from touching their sides. Again, by practicing this in front of the mirror, you can see immediately the difference between showing your true waist and accidentally adding unreal inches.

4. Keep your chin up.
The biggest no-no I watch out for with wedding poses is tucking the chin. This can absolutely ruin a great photo. Sometimes, brides may be nervous or shy and instinctively lower their chin to their chest while being photographed. This creates a double chin that nobody wants to have in their bridal portraits. Remember to keep your chin away from your neck in a relaxed manner. This always helps reduce any unnecessary baggage.

5. MOST IMPORTANT: Have fun with your wedding poses!
Sometimes being photographed can get a little unnerving. But don’t let that keep you from enjoying your wedding portraits session and having a great time! Bring your Maid of Honor or your mom. This helps keep it fun and relaxed, letting you enjoy the moment and allowing your photographer to get really great shots of you having a good time!