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How to Look Good in Wedding Photos


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You’re wearing the wedding dress of your dreams, your hair is shining, your skin is glowing and you feel like a princess.  Of course you want your wedding photos to capture you looking your best.  The solution is simple: master the art of the good photo-face.  Here are renowned Australian fashion and beauty photographer Carlotta Moye’s top tips for striking your best pose (courtesy of Beautyeditor.com.au) . Say cheese…

  • Best face forward: The most flattering angle is when the photograph is taken from above, as this slims down the face. So, try sitting with the photographer standing. Or, you could tilt your chin down slightly - just don’t take the chin too far down because you’ll lose eye contact. Try also tilting your face slightly to the side, so it’s almost at three-quarter. This sets off cheekbones gorgeously, as well as playing up a beautiful cat’s-eye effect. Think about which side is stronger. Everyone has a better side – even models.
  • Suck it up: Here’s Linda Evangelista’s trick for tightening up the jawline: she sucks her tongue to the roof of the mouth. Try it – you can immediately feel your chin and neck become taut.
  • Take a stance: If it’s a full-body shot, do what the celebs do on the red carpet - take the weight off one leg, and move it to the hip on the other side. Turning your body slightly and keeping the ankles together will also make for the most flattering, slimming stance. Next time you flick through a weekly mag, study the red-carpet looks. These celebs have been trained to within an inch of their lives in how to pose, so you can pick up some great modelling tips from them.
  • Having a moment: The great thing about digital cameras is that you can take as many photos as you like, until you get the best ones. But don’t forget, photos are about moments, and some of the best ones are natural rather than posed. Don’t be self-conscious or scared of the camera, you’ll look your best when you embrace it and have fun with it.
  • Bright light, bright light: If you’re outside and it’s quite sunny but there are a few shadows around, use the fill-in flash function on your camera. It won’t over-light the picture, so you’ll still get ambience and still get a beautiful sky or sunset, but it will just knock in a little bit of extra light to clean up some of the dark patches. It also cleans up the face beautifully. The fill-in flash can also work well when combined with backlight, which can on its own make skin look a little dull. Of course, if it’s dark or if it’s evening, use the full flash.
  • Base note: Generally, if it’s daytime and you look good to the naked eye, you’ll look good in the photo, so keep your makeup pretty natural. But for night-time photos, the flash has a habit of blowing details out, while highlighting every little blemish and blotch, so you’ll need to go heavier with foundation and more defined with your features. Watch out for any products containing zinc – this can make skin come up pasty in photographs. Also beware of contouring – if you don’t know what you’re doing, you’ll end up looking like a clown. Instead of trying to chisel shape in to face with dark powders, use highlighting powders to bring out cheekbones, browbones and collarbones. It’s just as effective, but so much easier to do. And instead of using setting powder, take blotting papers with you – they will take away any high-beam shine, but leave you with a natural glow.
  • The eyes have it: Forget high-fashion statement eye shadows. The best photos should focus on your eye’s natural colour, so makeup should bring it out rather than overpower. Blue and green eyes that are enhanced with shimmery taupe and brown shadows work well. For darker eyes, soft pinks can look really beautiful. If you prefer to play up your lips, there’s little more beautiful than red lipstick and a great smile.
  • Hair dos: The best hair looks are relative to the situation. At night, flash picks up on shine, so you can go for a really simple style if you have healthy glossy hair - or you could mist on some shine-enhancing spray. For day, you don’t need to be so styled up. If you’re just out and about in the sun, flyaways can look amazing when backlit, so it doesn’t matter if your hair’s a little messy. And remember, it’s about the moment, so looking a little undone and carefree can often make for the best photo.


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