Aside from actually saying “I do,” wedding photos are one of the most important aspects of your big day.
After all, they serve as a lifelong reminder of one of the most important moments of your life!
You want to be able to pull out that photo album on your first, tenth, and even 50th anniversary and be able to recall every magical moment in vivid detail!
While much will depend on choosing the right wedding photographer, there are a few things you can do to make sure your pictures turn out spectacular.
Below are some tips for capturing great lesbian wedding photos!
Tips for Great Lesbian Wedding Photos
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1. Use good body language
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The way you position your body plays a HUGE role in how your photos will come out. You want to use good body language (ie, positioning) but at the same time, you don’t want to look over-posed! Here are a couple of ideas to help you literally put your best foot (or side) forward!
- If you turn your torso at a 45 degree angle, towards the photographer, it will make your waist look smaller.
- Don’t know what to do with your hands? Consider holding something like your partner’s hand, your floral bouquet or your wedding gown.
2. Relax your face
Wedding photos require a great deal of grinning and smiling, which can be hard on your face. This is where a simple exercise for relaxing your face comes in handy. Just close your eyes for about 3 seconds, allowing your face to relax and reset, and then open your eyes.
3. Stop trying not to blink
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One of our worst fears, when taking pictures, is that we’ll end up blinking our eyes just as the picture is snapped. If this happens, don’t worry, you can always take another picture. The more you try not to blink, the more you’ll probably end up blinking.
4. Avoid wearing too much eye shadow
Wearing too much eye shadow will overpower your eyes and will also make them look smaller in photos. The saying- Less is More- truly applies here. Try using softer shades of eye shadow colors, such as earth tones, peaches and pinks.
5. Have an emergency touch-up kit on hand
Between the dancing, the fun, the hugs and the tears, it is highly unlikely that your hair and makeup will stay in place for the duration of your ceremony and reception. That’s why you should have a basic touch-up kit handy. What should you have in your kit?
- Hair pins (in case your updo comes loose)
- blotting papers (for shine control)
- blush (for you to adjust for day/night lighting changes)
- lipstick (to reapply as needed)
- and Q-tips (for smoothing out eye creases).
6. Skip the fake tan
One thing that you’ll want to avoid, to ensure your wedding photos come out amazing, is having a fake tan (AKA spray tan). Why, you ask? Because most of the time, a spray tan will appear more orange in color and more uneven than you probably realize. This is definitely not something that you want for your wedding photos.
7. Separate same color
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If you and your partner plan on wearing either the same color dress, gown, tuxedo or suit, you’ll want to ensure that the image is broken up, with something like a bouquet or a sash. This will help to ensure the color that you both are wearing doesn’t overwhelm the frame.
8. Avoid the dip disaster
The dip pose is often used with opposite-sex couples, in order to create a dramatic effect in the wedding photos. However, this pose doesn’t always work for lesbian couples. The reason? The main reason is because same-sex couples see each other as equally important, rather than the typical male-dominating-female scenario. It is best to just leave this pose out of your wedding shots.
9. Consider open-ended poses
Instead of having your wedding photographer tell you where to stand, where to sit or how to embrace each other, have your photographer use open-ended prompts, like “walk towards me, holding hands.” This allows the both of you to fall into the pose naturally.
10. Enjoy yourself
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While it’s normal for you to be a bit nervous and stressed on your special day, if you shows signs of stress (anxiety, flushed skin, etc.), it will definitely show on your face. You have worked hard to plan your wedding and now that the day is finally here, all you have to do is relax, have fun and enjoy yourself!
Remember, while your photographer can offer suggestions, your wedding is all about you. Feel free to have a little fun with your poses! Try a mix of professional poses and spontaneous photos to really capture the magic of your day!