Wedding tip treasury #1

I get asked the same questions a lot in this industry, and it seems so unfair that brides have to find out a lot of the answers on their wedding day. Every Tuesday I’m going to do a bit of a heads up, taking some of those common queries and providing answers here on my blog. Hopefully, something useful this way comes.

Ok, sneaky tip #1: How to look like your-gorgeous-self

I spent a lot of time over the last few days watching the Queen of portraits, Sue Bryce, talk about how to show off someone’s best angle. I got to thinking about how often I ask for ‘chin out and down’ each wedding day, like she does during portrait sessions.

You see, when we relax, or when we’re nervous or giggling, we often bring our head back into our neck, creating a (completely false!) double chin. The camera, unscrupulous, unfeeling and mechanical, sometimes picks these up.

But, there’s a nifty trick to ensuring this doesn’t catch you out. And it’s so simple: ‘chin out and down’.

All you have to do is gently let your shoulders relax, push your chin out a touch, and let it drop so we see those incredible eyes of yours. Let’s face it (pun!) the eyes are where it’s at, and your chin shouldn’t be stealing the show.

When you drop your chin, your eyes automatically take the stage. Beautiful!

Check it out below, it doesn’t matter which angle you try this from, it works every time.

None of these gorgeous women are professional models, but just between you and me, don’t you think they should be?

Raglan wedding photographerWellington Botanic gardens & Houghton Bay engagement Photographer

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  • Edward MaurerMarch 6, 2012 - 3:29 pm

    Nice explanation and imagery.

  • Michael WachniakMarch 6, 2012 - 6:19 pm

    Couldn’t have said it better myself. And I agree, they should ALL be models. 🙂

  • heather nanMarch 6, 2012 - 11:00 pm

    Loved Sue Bryce this past weekend! Great idea to pass on the info to brides!

  • michele bowmanMarch 7, 2012 - 2:49 am

    thanks for some great tips. great ideas and explanation!

  • Brian KraftMarch 7, 2012 - 4:58 am

    Great post! Ha, I have Sue playing in another window– talking about posing as I am viewing your post! 🙂

  • Kellee WalshMarch 7, 2012 - 6:23 am


  • kong waiMarch 7, 2012 - 6:36 am

    Great tips !!

  • BeccaMarch 7, 2012 - 3:42 pm

    Awesome tips and a great way to give your clients the confidence to be themselves!!

  • BrittanyMarch 7, 2012 - 6:05 pm

    Love the pictures and appreciate the tips!

  • JohannaMarch 8, 2012 - 6:54 am

    I’m so sad I hadn’t chance to watch Sue Bryce. I’ve heard so many amazing things. Great tips, I appreciate you for sharing these things! 🙂

  • Sachin KhonaMarch 9, 2012 - 8:05 pm

    Awesome tips here Mary!

  • DerekMarch 10, 2012 - 8:18 pm

    Well done, great tips Mary!