Practice makes perfect so stand in front of the mirror before your wedding day and try as many smile varieties as possible that come naturally to you to decide on a couple of staples that make you look your best. Ensure that the smile you are about to show off in your wedding day photographs is the smile that you like! Learning how to accentuate your smile is a skill that can be developed with practice. Most importantly, don’t force your smile; relax and have fun and let the photographer take care of the rest!
Oh, you weren’t ready? Don’t worry, it’s only too easy to take another one after you’ve achieved the pose you want, the look you like, and the photographer has given you the signal that you’re about to be photographed. Voila! A perfect picture.
In an idyllic world, you could have done that as many times as you pleased, or let’s say, in the most ideal of settings where timelessness exists, taking and retaking photographs is never a hassle. But when it comes to weddings, the story takes on a slightly different turn because not only are you caught up in the moment of focussing on looking your best,
you’re interacting with a variety of people and guests whilst being part of many ceremonies (especially if you’re an Arab or Asian bride), so fussing over faulty pictures of your smile is something that you don’t want to be bothered with at best.
How do you prevent a memory card from being filled up with retakes or the not-so-good pictures you’ll see later in your wedding album or (God forbid if someone close to you uploads them!) on Facebook whilst you’re enjoying your big day?
That is where our secret tricks to ensuring the perfect snap of your wedding smile comes in.
Yes, we procured them with a little bit of research and casual conversations with our most loved photographers and the truth is, all you need to do as a bride is a bit of this and a bit of that, and lo and behold, perfection is achieved!
Trust your Photographer
This is imperative to not only your wedding smile looking flawless in every image, but ensuring that other photographs of your event are classy as well. When you feel comfortable with your photographer, your pictures will reflect it since you will be saved from the subconscious tendency of stiffening up or looking rigid whenever the camera lens swings toward you.
Tilt your Head (Slightly!)
Remember when they used to tell us in school that if you tilt your head a little to the right you appear intelligent, and if you tilt it to the left you appear interested?
Yes, that’s the very same concept applied here, however, with tilting your head both to the left and right from time and time again (especially when the camera is on you), it’s good to tilt your head a little to the back when you’re laughing or talking or are in company.
It is usually recommended to tilt your head slightly to the camera because most people have asymmetrical faces. This also explains why one side of your face may photograph better than the other, so make sure to let that side be seen often!
Make your Teeth Glisten
A quick swipe over your teeth with your tongue (though it sounds crass) just before your photograph is taken can help your teeth twinkle and add brightness to the photo! Opt for a creamy lipstick if you can because it too adds shine to your teeth.
Celebrities often place Vaseline on their teeth when they are expecting to smile repeatedly to help their teeth shine brightly and to also help prevent their lips from sticking to their enamels.
Tip to be noted: it’s a good idea to dab a little Vaseline on your teeth when you excuse yourself for a facilities break!
Part your Teeth while Smiling (Again, slightly!)
When your teeth are slightly apart when smiling, a more natural and engaging smile is conveyed which not only turns cameras towards you, but the eyes of all onlookers!
A smile with your teeth set together is rigid and often portrays discomfort and anxiety, which is what you do not want on your big day at all.
Practice till you get it right!
Practice makes perfect so stand in front of the mirror before your wedding day and try as many smile varieties as possible that come naturally to you to decide on a couple of staples that make you look your best.
Ensure that the smile you are about to show off in your wedding day photographs is the smile that you like! Learning how to accentuate your smile is a skill that can be developed with practice. Most importantly, don’t force your smile; relax and have fun and let the photographer take care of the rest!