How to pose for the perfect wedding photos

You want your pictures to capture the essence of the occasion, not to look posed!

Lara Barakat

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This post is the ultimate guide for all brides on their special day. Photographs are the most important factor of the day, because after all is done and dusted, those images will last a lifetime.

The idea of taking over a thousand photos on your wedding day may seem daunting, you’re not alone.

Unless you’re a professional model, you’re probably not accustomed to being in front of the camera for hours on end. Which brings us to the million dollar question, how do you pose for wedding photographs?

Below are some tips that I found helped during my wedding photoshoot.


First and foremost you need to be calm, and remember to have fun, after all these photos reflect the bond you and your husband have. You want your pictures to capture the essence of the occasion, not to look posed. If you start feeling overwhelmed, take a moment with your loved one to feel more at ease.

Find your best side

No one is perfect or symmetrical, even though we are al beautiful in our own ways, some of us prefer a certain angle or side slightly more than the other. If you haven’t discovered yours yet, experiment before the wedding. Take some selfies, ask your girlfriends to help you decide. Once you know your ‘best side,’ always pose to put your best face forward.


Tyra Banks said it best when she taught us ladies how to Smize: Smiling with your eyes. This is personally one of my favorite, let your eyes do all the work while you relax the rest of your face. If you don’t know how to Smize the easiest way is to smile while looking into the mirror, keeping your eyes at the angle they would be, and slightly drop the smile to a more relaxed face. This would highlight your strongest features. The result will be a more approachable, happy look, even when you’re not actually smiling.”

Be natural

Be yourself, smile naturally, as you would do in real life. A big smile can puff your cheeks and make your eyes squint appearing smaller. Practice your smiles in the mirror prior to the photos, relax your face, opening your mouth ever so slightly, and thinking of something that makes you happy.

All about the body

Your facial features are not the only things to remember on your wedding day. The angle and way you present your body to the camera can change each photo dramatically. Keep your back straight, great posture goes a long way in making you look happier, healthier, and more confident. Change poses by angling your body so you’re facing the person you’re standing next to in order to put your body’s depth not width on display. Don’t forget your arms, keep your arms slightly away from your body, so that they don’t seem smushed against your torso in the photographs. One of my favorite poses is to place my arm on my hip, which accentuates my waits and also slims the arm. Just remember to tuck your elbows behind you, and not pointing in the direction of the camera. Love your legs, even if they are tucked away in a princess dress, you can either bend one knee, or cross your ankles at your calves to elongate your legs, making your hips appear narrower.

Use your tongue

As weird as the heading sounds, it means just that. There are several ways in which you can use your tongue to pose, and I don’t mean by sticking it out. Keep your tongue tucked in pushing it slightly against the roof of your mouth this somewhat awkward feeling pose will help to elongate your neck and reduce the appearance of any double chin. If you would like your lips to appear slightly plumper, place the tip of your tongue between both your upper, and lower teeth slightly pushing your lips forward. It’s best to practice these poses in the mirror before, to find the exact angle that suits you.

This post was originally posted on Lara Barakat's A Touch of White blog.