Hey, I’m Liz!
The most important part of what I do is telling your love story on your special day. I don’t just show up to your ceremony. I want to know the you beyond the camera so the photos I deliver are keepsakes that’ll be with you for decades. Your love story is the best inspiration for photos that last for decades.
Tips and Tricks
Bridal Sessions are a southern tradition where the bride takes portraits (typically 1-2 months before the wedding) in her full wedding day attire – hair, makeup, jewelry, veil, bouquet, and of course, the dress. Bridal sessions are not only a great time to get primped and take gorgeous photos in your wedding day attire, but it’s also a great trial run for the big day. The majority of brides who shoot with me end up changing one thing or another after the bridal session. Maybe the dress needs to be fitted again, maybe her hair keeps falling down, maybe the eye makeup is a little too bold or maybe the flowers she had selected wilt too quickly in the sun. Each time, the bride was able to change something BEFORE the big day. You’ll do a trial run of your hair and makeup anyway – this is a great time to get some gorgeous photos of you all dolled up.
Here are a few tips on posing and things to remember during your own bridal session.
We’ll start with some things to remember.
Now that you have a few things to remember when planning your session, let’s get onto the tips about posing. Everyone wants to look their best in photos and these tips will help you look your absolute best in your wedding day attire.
I’m going to say it again because it’s so important. Separate your limbs! Keep your arms away from your body so that it slims down your whole body shape.
The dreaded chin. Your ultimate enemy is your double chin and no matter how skinny you are, everyone has one. I even have one! Practice in the mirror by pushing your jaw down and out. Stretch your neck and push your shoulders back. It will feel awkward at first so be sure to practice before your session. Your photographer will also help you with posing to minimize the look of a second chin.
Be sure your dress sits properly so that when you lean you don’t get the dreaded back fat and armpit boob.
Find your waist. This is not your hips. You want to put your hands on the smallest part of your waist so that your legs are elongated and you are drawing attention to your smallest body feature. Also don’t be afraid to put your hands on your “hips”. This is usually a dreaded Facebook pose but it really does give you a long and sexy appearance.
Alongside that comes finding your light and your angles. Everyone has a good side and be sure to know yours. Also know how to find the best light. Your photographer will be a huge help in this but shaded areas are usually the softest light and make your skin glow.
Know how to sit pretty. This includes sitting up straight with your ankles crossed not your knees. Gently place your hands in your lap.
You don’t always have to look at the camera. This is when bringing a trusted friend can be helpful. Chatting and laughing with them can provide natural poses and laughs that will be gorgeous for your portraits.
Finally and most importantly is to remember to relax and smile. I know it’s easier said than done but be sure not to tense up or you’ll be sore all day. This can also add tension to your images that might not be flattering. Trust your photographer and know that they will get great images of you in all your bridal beauty. Be sure to smile and have fun. Bridal sessions are all about you and make you feel beautiful so smile, laugh and have a great time being pampered!
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