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How to look great in your wedding photos!!

This article has been written by Sally Newell of Serendipity Photography

Bridal Portraiture could be said to be the most important part of wedding photography! It is the moment where the photographer and the bride work together with the colours, lights and tones of the venue and environment to create and intimate and lasting mementos of the happiest day of your life.

Most brides feel on the day that they should be natural and spontaneous and that weddings should be easy; but wouldn't it be good to stand out and look very extra special? Why is it that some people seem to have that wow star quality? Is it innate or is it something that we can learn? I remember walking in to a room and seeing Susan Renouf just standing there in the crowd - she shone out like a beacon - not just the blonde hair, but a powerful sense of presence. When flipping through a friend's wedding album, you may be surprised by the seemingly magical glow of radiant serenity that the bride embodies. A beautiful bridal portrait is, of course, not magic, but a careful collaboration between a photographer and the bride.

If you have six months to prepare, regardless of how much time you have each day there are things you can do to bring you that extra sense of confidence, and help you look wonderful. Try dance and gym classes to loosen up your body and add a bit of extra energy. If you have more time maybe even sign up for a model preparation course with a good agency for a bit of professional polish. Something really easy is to observe yourself and change the way you stand or move and see what looks great.

You should like the makeup you see in the mirror. The old style of heavy stage makeup allowed photographers to use especially soft film and still emphasize the features without much skin detail. Now, skilled photoshop usage allows softer yet still natural skin, while the features become more expressive or glamourous. Therefore bridal makeup is now more often like slightly defined day make with more coverage. Even with more personalized, natural or expressive or glamour makeup looks, what holds is what you see is what you get, ifyou like it in the mireror you will like in your wedding photography. Given that however, many photographers can change tone, contrast and coloration for more flattering or directional photographic looks within your wedding album post production.

One of the hidden features of makeup is contouring or face shaping, which emphasizes your best features, and allows your personality and natural beauty to be projected rather than a merely painted on the face. Slight shading under the tip of the nose nose reduces its length, similarly a little shading on the sides of the nose reduces its width, helpful for those of us who are worried about a wider nose. The same applies to your chin or forehead. The smile is the most important part of a portrait, not, no just that, also a happy glow. Preparation, preparation, preparation:  plan ahead to allow time to live your day expressively and with love, let the others who care for you tend to the little annoyances and smooth your way. Radiance and presence are natural consequences of being the focus of your friends and family, not stressing excessively about your timetable, but let your day carry you so that you can say all the special things you want to say and really be the special person you are.

Dress and accessories are but a frame - beautiful, extravagant, floaty, sharp, just your style. Knowing that you have chosen the right dress, that it is well made and comfortable, and that you have just the right accessories to enhance theme of your day, accessories to twirl and glide, to flirt and soar; knowing all this and feeling all this, then you will have the confidence and power to shine and light up the memories of your guests and your groom with your presence and beauty. This is the first stage, now comes the time for learning about working with your photographer.

How do models look good in front of a camera? They practise. Learn to feel comfortable, be aware of the best tilt for your head, and of poses to suit a range of moods. Twine your fingers in your hair in front of the mirror see how it looks, or use a fan or your veil; partially cover your face and move it slowly and gracefully away. Consider what do you do with your hands - as hands hanging down limply are not the thing. Look through magazines and photographs of people you admire for inspiration. Practise, emulate, or hold onto that bouquet!

Work with your dress. Try bending moving, tilting the hips and shoulders in opposite directions, and then some swirls. See if you can make the dress spin out while you go round and round, then stop, and twirl again in front of a full length mirror, pick up the dress behind the side seam at a bit below knee level and try and throw it forward. The dress is more than just something to stand still and be pretty in, it should move and glide with you to create wonderful glorious images of you.



Serendipity Photography — Melbourne Wedding Photography
45 Waverley Rd, Malvern East, Melbourne

Phone: 03 9569 3299


This article has been reproduced on Wedding Central Australia with permission.
©Serendipity Media and Sally Newell 2010. All Rights Reserved.



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