One thing I’ve always struggled with in life is posing for photos. I’ve never liked it! Not when I was a kid, not when I was an awkward teenager, nor when I was a skinny 20-something and especially not as a curvaceous 30-something!
Posing for photos is a big part of any wedding and I was 100% certain I wanted a good photographer for our big day. I was also certain that I would be on my best ‘posing behaviour’. You see, as someone who has been scared of being photographed, I’ve inadvertently invented what my family and friends lovingly call the “RENEE POSE”. Here’s how to do it:
1. LIFT TONGUE TO ROOF OF MOUTH – this avoids a double chin
2. PLANT CHEESY GRIN
3. TURN HEAD SO LEFT SIDE FACES CAMERA – my right side has always been my worst (hello, Diva alert!!)
4. DROP HEAD SLIGHTLY – so you are peering through your eyelashes – this enhances the cheeky-ness of the grin
5. CONTINUE TO USE THIS POSE for every photo that you can, until you are really drunk and no longer care
Recently I attended my sister’s engagement party where she said loving family and friends put on their best “Renee Pose” for a picture – see exhibit A.
I’m the only one in the shot who’s not doing it, actually I’m in the middle of saying “F* YOU ALL!!”By the way… that OLD woman, that’s my mum. She is not doing the Renee Pose. She is being outright mean! (Just joking, love you mum).
Our wonderful photographer, PETE OAKMAN of Absolution Photography (shameless plug… he’s worth it) includes pre-shoots as part of his excellent package price. For us, he’s actually doing three shoots: we have had one already with our dog, and will have an official engagement shoot soon plus the wedding day .
I’ve learned a few things from this pre-shoot in regards to how a curvy girl can help make her photos look beautiful. I think my friends are sick of my showing them the pictures with a running commentary; “oh don’t look at my tuck-shop lady arms” and “I hate my nose in that shot” and “oooh I should have sucked my belly in for that photo”… next shoot I’ll get over it and l follow my own advice learned from this pre-shoot!
TOP 10 LESSONS LEARNED:
1. TAKE A PORTABLE FAN my friend at work has already bought me one after all my complaining! All those layers of shape enhancing underwear and tulle = one sweaty betty bride
2. WEAR SHAPEWEAR
3. WEAR A SHORT SKIRT AND HIGH HEELS TO ACCENTUATE LEGS
4. SHOULDERS BACK AND STAND STRAIGHT It will help your shape naturally so you are not visibly trying to suck your belly in and end up looking constipated in your photos
6. TAKE MUSIC AND PLAY YOUR FAVOURITE TUNES A bit of Outkast had me bopping around and I look so much better in the pictures where I could hear music
7. STOP YABBERING AND TRYING TO FILL THE SILENCE There is a purpose to the shoot and that’s to take your photo… nervous jibber jabber is unnecessary
8. ENJOY YOURSELF These photos are the only thing apart from memories and gifts that you get to keep from the day, make them as fun as possible
9. ABANDON RENEE POST… be natural, embrace those curves and who cares about your “grandma neck”!
10. ITS HARD TO MAKE A DOG POSE
I’ll fill you in after the engagement shoot as to whether I have managed to succeed in these points, it’s all practice after all for the big day!!