1. Before the big day, practise in the mirror. Yes, really! If you are worried about anything, how you’re going to smile, which side of your face you prefer (trust me, everyone has a ‘good side’!) or which body angles you like, just practise!
2. Remember your make-up will need to be a little heavier than usual – not only so you look flawless all day but also because natural light can be unforgiving and quite harsh so you may need a little extra coverage. And don’t forget to have your bridesmaids on standby for any quick hair or make-up touch-ups you feel you need.
3. Don’t be afraid to strike a pose – especially for the group shots. Flattering on everyone is the classic pop of the hip combined with one bent leg – it creates a slight curve to body. If you’re conscious of your arms, try putting one hand on your hip or slightly behind you – avoid having your arms flat to your sides.
To look taller and slimmer, angle your body so it’s not straight on to camera and keep one shoulder to slightly forward. To prevent a double chin effect, ask the photographer to shoot from above the eye level and tilt your head slightly to the side.
4. Smile! As silly as it sounds, a smile can really make a picture. Try not to overthink the process and just be yourself – your happiness will translate in the photos.
5. Live in the moment – laugh, smile and chat to people. The cameras will be clicking all day regardless so try to forget about them – natural pictures make for amazing memories.
Words: Laura Puddy
See Laura’s wedding here
Follow her on Instagram and Twitter: @laura_puddy