How to Pose for Your Wedding Photos (and Still Look 100% Natural)

If you’re about to tie the knot and are getting ready to look amazing for some incredible wedding photos – congratulations! You are about to have one of the most memorable moments of your entire life.

And if you’re absolutely terrified of looking awful in your photos, there is no need to worry. If you’ve hired a professional Tasmanian wedding photographer, they will certainly be the right position to tell you exactly what poses you’ll need to master.

But if you haven’t got that far, there’s also no need to panic. Below, I’ll outline how you can pose for your wedding photos while looking completely natural and beautiful!

  1. Focus on your happiness (and not the camera)

It sounds easier said than done but trust me. If you focus on the joy of the day, your real and raw emotions will shine through and create much more meaningful photos.

Don’t stress about posing just right. It doesn’t matter if you’re doing a ‘forehead kiss’ pose or a couple pose. It doesn’t matter if you’re having a pre wedding shoot, getting ready or having photos taken with your wedding party. If you’re focused on anything other than your happiness, the photos won’t look genuine.

So focus on the Fs – the fun, the family, the friends and the future! There won’t ever be a need to focus on the PHs (i.e. the photographer and photos) when you’re in front of the camera.

  1. Trust the stylists

Professional stylists know what they’re doing. Their entire job is to make you look nothing short of fabulous. Not only that – they know how to transform your appearance into a look that reflects your story.

When it comes to finding a stylist, research your options carefully. I’ve been fortunate enough to work with some excellent stylists throughout my career, and I’d be more than happy to recommend them to you.

  1. Relax and be yourself

You’re a busy person and have lots going on. Life can get stressful. Trust me, I get it (I’m a wedding photographer that lived through a pandemic – I know what stress feels like)! You do not want your photos capturing wrinkles of frustration.

Start doing a little bit more of what relaxes you for a few days before you’re due to take your photos. Go for a massage. Chill out in a hot spa. Spend some time sunbaking. Read a novel in a coffee shop. Do you.

The more relaxed you are on the day, the better!

  1. Avoid common mistakes

Lo and behold, there are mistakes you’ll want to avoid when getting you wedding photos snapped. They all are rooted in doing things that make you look stiff and fake. That’s easier said than done, of course, but here are common mistakes to avoid at all costs:

  • No kissing with your eyes closed. I know kissing with your eyes open isn’t natural, but it looks awkward in photos. Your photographer should remind you of this when taking your snaps.
  • Don’t kiss too much. This isn’t a high school hook up. This is the moment to capture you’ll cherish for your entire life! Nice, neat and clean kissing is what we’re looking for. Also, turn your head so you aren’t squashing your partner’s nose.
  • Don’t move too fast. Go slowwwww. Your wedding photos aren’t a race. When you’re walking with your partner or with your groomsmen or bridal party, there is no need to rush ahead. If you walk too fast, you’ll look blurred.
  • Tell the photographer your good sides in advance. If you’re insecure about any part of your body, tell the photographer. You don’t want them focusing on a side of your body you hate or asking you to position yourself in a way you think makes you look fat. The more confident you feel when taking your photos, the better you’ll look.
  1. Get yourself a legendary wedding photographer (and trust them)

At the end of the day, a professional wedding photographer is there to give you the right guidance when snapping your shots. They’ll know if you’re looking unnatural, stiff, ingenuine, uncomfortable or just plain wrong.

A photographer will take quite literally hundreds of photos of you, your partner and your guests, before proceeding to ‘cull’ the ones that look average or poor and keep the gems that make you look incredible for your wedding album.

The trick is to place the utmost trust in your photographer. Depending on who you choose, they’ll likely have decades of experience taking photos at weddings using high-quality professional equipment. They’ll know everything about proper lighting, shadows and poses to ensure your ultimate product is everything you dreamed it to be.

If you’re planning to elope or have a wedding ceremony in Tasmania, my team here at Linda Pasfield Photography offer incredible wedding photography in Hobart and Launceston you can cherish forever. Our friendly award-winning team has had decades of experience shooting weddings across Tasmania and will ensure you and your personality shine through every shot.

Get in touch with myself on 0412 723 927 or browse our portfolio across this website to get a taste of your wedding photos could look like if you decide to go with us.

If you need assistance on the other aspects of your wedding, call Linda Pasfield today. They can help you with recommendations for accommodation, hair, makeup, cake, flowers and so on.

If you’re looking for a wedding photographer for your Mount Tamborine wedding, don’t hesitate to reach out to Linda Pasfield and her partner Anthony Pforr today.

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