How Brides Can Look Good For The Flash

Image by Katsu Nojiri on FlickrYou know what everyone is going to say to you as you're planning your wedding: even if things don't turn out perfectly, you're still going to have an amazing day, so don't stress. That may be true, but what's also true is that, for most of us, weddings are a once-in-a-lifetime experience. You, as the bride, want to remember the best day of your life, don't you? That's why having professional wedding photos taken is so popular. You don't want to bother any of the guests by making them run around with a camera all evening, but you also want to make sure you capture every last detail. They've got the skills and equipment to make sure everything looks perfect – but making sure the photos aren't the type you want to untag yourself from on Facebook is totally up to you.

True, part of the responsibility lies in whoever does your hair and makeup. But if you want to make sure that you look your absolute best when the flash goes off, here are some tips for posing on your big day.

If You're Not Relaxed, It Shows

Many photographers like to get creative with the romantic poses they have couples do for their portraits, and oftentimes, they turn out nice. However, if a pose simply doesn't come naturally to you and your spouse-to-be, that will translate onto film and is a waste of a few shots. If you feel stiff or awkward in a certain pose, tell your photographer – don't be afraid, you're paying for the service. Then, swap it out for an embracing pose you feel more comfortable in, and have the photographer give you suggestions to have it look more photogenic.

Timing is Everything

You probably already know that natural sunlight is the most flattering form of light for photographs. Choosing the right time of day can make it even more flattering, causing your skin to glow and your features to stand out. You probably don't want to get up at the crack of dawn, but dawn and dusk are the best times to take the portraits. Having a sunset photo-shoot in your wedding outfits will make all the difference; you'll be so proud of your pictures.

Avoid Sunless Tanners like the Plague

For some reason, many women in our culture have an obsession with being tan. It's understandable, and if you want to use a tanning bed for a reasonable amount of time a few weeks before the wedding, that is a personal choice. But many brides will tell you that opting for a fake tan – yes, even if you know the best spray tanner in town – is not a good idea. Sunless tanning lotion gives skin an orangey tint that simply does not translate well to photos. In many cases, it's also a recipe for disaster. There are many bridal horror stories of sweating off the lotion and having it smear all over the brides' Lazaro wedding dresses. If you're spending upwards of a few thousand on a gown, this is your ultimate nightmare, so it's best to avoid the possibility altogether.

Author Bio:

Brielle has helped so many couples marry their special someone. She has come across a few tips and always loves to share them with other brides to be.

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