10 Rules For Flawless Wedding Photos

1. Don’t Suck It In
You'll feel like your waistline dropped 3 inches in 3 seconds, but the rest of your body will tense up and look unnatural. If you’re uncomfortable with your stomach, go for 30 days with no carbs and start doing crunches before your wedding. The right undergarments will also do wonders.

2. Stand Straight! Shoulders Back!
Not only is this applicable for your wedding photos, but every day life. Standing up straight elongates your body and gives you an instant dose of confidence. Even if your groom is shorter than you, don’t try to awkwardly match his height in photos.

3. Keep Your Chin Up….
If you’re taking an artistic photo where you’re looking demurely down at your bouquet or the ground, try to keep your chin up and your eyes down. When you look down with your head instead of your eyes, your face loses the light and your chin doubles.

4. And Your Bouquet Down
There’s nothing less chic than a bouquet covering the gorgeous bodice of your wedding dress, as seen in this past bridal fashion week. Before you pose for a photo or walk down the aisle, take a deep breath, pull your shoulders back, raise your chin and lower your bouquet.

5. It’s All About The Smize
If there’s one thing we learned from binge-watching America’s Next Top Model, it’s the art of smizing, or smiling with your eyes, like Tyra Banks. (Google it.) This takes a little practice, but when done correctly it can completely change your photos.

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6. Work That Mermaid Dress
When wearing a form-fitting gown on your wedding day, especially a mermaid silhouette, cross one leg over the other to make your hips and thighs appear smaller. 

7. The Skinny On Arms
Mashing your arms against your body can make them appear larger than they actually are. Instead, subtly separate your arms from your sides so they’re barely touching. Also take a few photos with your hand on your hip for the ‘skinny arm’ effect we so love and cherish.

8. Train Your Groom
Make sure you practice your kissing pose (think equal distance apart, lips that are slightly touching and extended necks) as this is surprisingly difficult to achieve gracefully on camera. And please, please do not attempt a dip and kiss for the first time on your wedding day.

9. WatchYour Hands
Your face is glowing, your dress is absolutely stunning, but your hands are clenched in a weird claw/fist that has you asking, “What was I doing?!” It’s understandable to forget about your hands, but keep them just as graceful as the rest of your look.

10. It’s Okay To Be Vain
Before your wedding day arrives, it’s okay to be a little vain. Stand in front of the mirror or camera and get to know your favorite angles and facial expressions. After all, hundreds or even thousands of photos will be taking of you on your wedding day, so there’s no shame in wanting to look your best!

--Keely-Shea Smith 

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