How to Not Look Awkward in Your Wedding Photos

Photograph by Abby Jiu Photography.

If you’re awkward in front of the camera and have started realizing that your wedding day is likely to be the single most-photographed day of your life, don’t panic! Abby Jiu of Abby Jiu Photography is here to share her top tips for avoiding any photo faux pas.

Consider an engagement session.

Taking engagement photos is a great way to get to know your photographer and how she works. It takes the guesswork out of the process, which can lead to more relaxed pictures on the wedding day.

Pose for PDA pics away from guests.

What may feel a little awkward in front of the lens can translate to a very natural moment in the picture. If you’re worried about having an audience, ask your photographer to take you to a secluded spot where you can pose for kissing photos without Grandma watching.

Minimize trouble spots.

Stand up straight by thinking of someone pulling a string from the top of your head. This adds length to the body, creating a more narrow figure. Instead of resting your arm against your side,pull it slightly away from your body—that creates a more flattering photo. For slimmer hips, avoid a straight-on angle.

Even out any dramatic height differences.

One option is to pose sitting–this usually makes the height difference minimal. Another option is to find a decline and put the taller person on the lower end. You can also stand on different stairs and your photographer can take the picture from the waist up.

Give your photographer a heads up.

Let your photographer know about particular family dynamics, such as family members that may not get along. It’s great to know so that they don’t awkwardly place people together.

Put nervous hands to work.

You’ll probably have a bouquet, which helps with something to do with your arms. If you have one hand free, try lightly grasping your dress.

Crack a smile.

Laughing is always the best way to keep from looking stiff!

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Caroline Cunningham joined Washingtonian in 2014 after moving to the DC area from Cincinnati, where she interned and freelanced for Cincinnati Magazine and worked in content marketing. She currently resides in College Park.