Wedding Talk // How To Look Natural In Your Wedding Photos

May 15, 2018

Looking your best in your wedding photographs is a dream of most brides. Your photos represent one of the happiest days of your life, so looking natural and happy is a big must. 

Personally, I’m not a fan of having my photos taken, never have been, and probably never will be – but I’ve been thinking of ways to ensure that I feel comfortable on our big day and not like a plank of wood.


It’s a given right? But the world needs to see your smile. Wedding photographs can be your most beautiful possession in the world, but if you’re not smiling or expressing love and happiness they might not be what you were after. 

I’ve mentioned before that I’m not a huge fan of my teeth, so for that matter, I’m going to practice looking natural as much as possible. You shouldn’t have to fake it, and it might be quite obvious if you are, but allowing yourself to feel free enough to bare those pearly whites can help the end photographs radiate with happiness, and can make you look back with pride.

Hire Well

In my last wedding related post, I touched on the fact that a wedding photographer is not always guaranteed to be excellent, so I would always shop around until you are happy that they’ll be able to capture exactly what you want: The best photographers will be a professional service, with a portfolio and a list of testimonials to boast of.

A great photographer can help you look wonderful in terms of what angles and lenses they use, how they make use of light and what they do with the final edit. Not only that, but a good photographer will not be afraid to suggest when you smile, or to help bring a group together for an excellent photograph: They’ll be there to capture the natural moments that you may otherwise forget. 

Don’t Worry

Your wedding is your wedding, which means that once you have arranged everything, you can relax and enjoy the day as intended. You needn’t fill the role of micromanaging every little detail during the event, as most of it should have been taken care of already and hopefully you’ll get the natural photos you were after.

If you can, it’s worthwhile to belay that responsibility to your parents, or to someone you trust. This way they can manage the event from behind the curtain. This lack of worry on your part will translate into genuinely experiencing the event free from worry, and that will naturally show in your photographs.

Plan Your Aesthetic

You should never hire your makeup artist or hairdresser at the last minute – make sure you plan ahead. Sorting this out in advance will help you discuss your ideas and what you hope to look like with your photographer, and this can help them prepare for your big day. 

Do you have any tips for looking natural on the big day?

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