How Do You Photograph a Larger Bride by Herself?


Every bride, no matter her size, deserves photographs that capture her happiness and beauty on her wedding day. Capturing a lovely photo of the bride with members of the bridal party affords the photographer an opportunity to make a plus-size bride appear more svelte. Achieving the same effect in a bride-only photo can be intimidating for the photographer, and the results can be disappointing for the bride. However, when the photographer embraces the idea of shooting a bride that is both plus-sized and sexy, size becomes a non-issue. A few photography tricks can help, too.

Things You'll Need

  • Bouquet
  • Veil
  • Pose the bride so she is slightly angled. Have the bride lean into the camera, and roll her shoulders back. This allows the body to stretch, and appear elongated in the photograph. Some larger women tend to slouch out of insecurity, making themselves actually appear larger. By leaning in at the waist and rolling her shoulders away from the camera, the curvy bride is forced to stretch her neck up. This minimizes the double-chin effect.

  • Ask the bride to hold the bouquet in front of her. Make sure that her arms are relaxed at the elbows, and the flowers are clasped in her hands. This conceals the bride's midsection while showing off her curves. Position her veil to conceal any problem spots without detracting from her natural beauty.

  • Photograph the bride's face at an angle instead of straight on. Direct her to tilt her head a little so that you are capturing two-thirds of her face. Consider taking a photograph of the bride's profile as she looks upwards, dreamily, into the sky.

  • Direct the bride to lie down and twist the front half of her body up, creating the illusion of a slimmer waist. Take pictures looking down at the bride while she looks up at you. While it is a head-to-toe photograph, her waist is practically missing from the photograph.

Tips & Warnings

  • Encourage a natural smile by telling jokes or complimenting the bride's features.
  • Never tell the bride that something, such as a pose or her dress, is making her look fat.
  • Unless she specifically requests it, never digitally alter photographs to make the bride appear thinner.

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