How to look great in your wedding photos

June 25, 2015

With the culmination of the wedding ceremony and the exhilarating "I do" moment comes the time for immortalising the day in photographs.

While you may have hired a videographer to document the day, the tradition of taking portraits of the bride and groom as well as the wedding party is supposedly over 175 years old.

The idea of commemorating the occasion in photo form was born all the way back in the 1800s. Earliest examples date back to around 1840, with a daguerreotype portrait made on a small leaf of copper.

Take a close look at photos of celebrities and how they're holding themselves – they're aren't just naturally photogenic.

Nowadays, wedding photography is usually taken care of by a professional photographer toting a few heavy-duty DSLRs, to ensure the perfect shot of you in your stunning wedding dress.

However, while the equipment has changed, one thing that hasn't is the desire to look good in your wedding photos. Here are a few ideas to help you pose like a pro.

Find your angle

Not only important for celebrities on the red carpet, most people will have an angle that is more flattering when it comes to being photographed. Speaking to Refinery 29, stylist Emily Barnes suggests "standing at an angle to the camera, pulling your shoulders back, and exercising excellent posture."

Take a close look at photos of celebrities and how they're holding themselves – they're aren't just naturally photogenic. By doing as the A-listers do, you can instantly give your jawline better definition by changing how you hold your head.

Don't forget to have fun with your wedding photos!Don't forget to have fun with your wedding photos!

With good posture, you'll naturally find yourself stretching your neck upwards, but before the photo is taken, drop your chin ever so slightly towards your chest.

You can also try tilting your head on an angle by a degree or two. Find your best look by practising with a friend – you'll be amazed at how a tiny adjustment can make a difference!

Made up for your close up

If you've got a make-up artist to take care of your face, then they'll mostly likely be taking precautions to ensure you look great in front of the camera all day long.

For any bride attempting her own makeup, beauty editor for The Sydney Morning Herald, Paula Joye recommends using a translucent powder to keep the shine away – focusing on your 't zone' (forehead and between the brows and nose).

In addition, you can use a highlighter with your concealer, concentrating on the areas beneath your eyes and along the top of your cheekbones, makeup artist Misha Shahzada tells Refinery 29. 

Last but not least, try not to get too caught up in your posing that you forget to top things off with a smile, the best wedding accessory of all.