If you want to look amazing in your wedding photos, you need to know a few tricks of the trade. It is so easy to have something unfortunate show up on your photos, like a bulge under your dress, or facial hair you didn’t notice in the mirror. These 8 overlooked secrets will help you avoid photo embarrassments.


Before we begin with the secrets, you should know that the number one rule to looking amazing in your wedding photos is to hire skilled professionals who understand your skin tone and know how to make you look amazing in all types of light and situations. Our team at Petronella Photography are experts at multicultural weddings and understand the importance of having perfect looking skin tones and lighting. We also offer additional retouching on images to help you look your best, but I have to tell you that retouching hundreds of photos is not always feasible or cost effective. Even the most experienced wedding photographers need your help to avoid errors that are easily overlooked.

1. Invest in Proper Undergarments

You’ve invested in a gorgeous wedding gown or tuxedo, but have you thought about your undergarments? Don’t look at me funny like that. This is important stuff. Proper undergarments can help you avoid embarrassing oops moments such as sagging boobs, bra or pantyline showing, exposed nipples, or a bumpy lace bra showing underneath a silk dress. You want to invest in a bra that fully supports the girls through jumping dance moves, shimmies and shakes. Seriously. Try it out in the dressing room. Choose nipple pasties that match your skin tone. We recommend working with a bridal stylist like Vainglorious Brides to ensure you look amazing from head to toe.  Men, check your undergarments (boxers or briefs) to make sure they don’t show through tight-fitting pants. Do you sweat a lot? You might need a wife-beater beneath your linen shirt so you don’t sweat through your shirt. Ask a men’s stylist to be on the safe side.  We recommend working with the men styling duo over at Mr Baldwin Style.  They offer virtual styling as well.

2. Avoid Chipped Toenails and Fingernails

We’re looking into the nitty-gritty details here because those things show up on your wedding photos. Schedule a gel manicure a few days before the wedding. Definitely opt for gel or a nail option that is long-lasting. A simple basic nail polish will begin to chip after a few hours. I learned that the hard way before a photo shoot, and I ended up not being able to use any close-up shots of myself in promotional material.

3. Smooth Away Dry, Ashy Skin

As a groom or a bride, it’s easy to forget about those dry, patchy spots on elbows, knuckles, and fingers. Lotion up your body, especially those subtle areas that you can’t always reach but do show up prominently in wedding photos. Don’t forget about those close-up shots of the ring exchange. You’ll want those fingers and knuckles to be well-lotioned. Assign a bridal party member to ensure your skin is fully drenched in your favorite lotion.

4. Use Spanx

No one is perfect. No matter what size you are, Spanx are always a good idea. They smooth down bumps and tuck in excess flesh. You know why celebrities always look great? They use Spanx. Of course, if your dress already has a built-in support system, you might be able to forego the Spanx.

5. Consider Professional Teeth Whitening

You want those pearly whites to look their whitest on your photos! You’ll be smiling a lot on your wedding day, so be aware of your teeth color. Whitening toothpaste might not be enough. A dentist can whiten your teeth professionally and quickly, but definitely consult a health professional.

6. Choose Your Deodorant Wisely

You want a deodorant that doesn’t turn white but does keep you dry all day. It’s your big day; you’re going to be cheering with your arms up in excitement. You do not want those wedding photos to show you with white underarms! Test different deodorants to see what works best for you.

7. Clear Up Bumpy Skin

The issue here is with the skin on your face or back. You don’t want bumpy or discolored skin spots, razor bumps, pimples, or whiteheads on your wedding day. Is your dress backless? Then have someone inspect your back to determine problem areas. Even the most amazing, professional makeup only covers bumps. Visit your dermatologist or consider a facial or spa treatment. A spa treatment will treat and smooth your skin, while removing or treating bumps and pimples. A facial will reduce skin bumps. Test out what works best for your skin at least two months in advance to make sure you don’t get a skin reaction. Our recommendation is to consult a professional. You know your own skin, but a professional knows the best and safest ways to get rid of bumps.

8. Remove Excess Facial and Body Hair

You look in the mirror, and you don’t see excess hair, but a wedding photo reveals more than a mirror. Consider shaving off any facial hair, especially if you have darker hair and a lighter skin tone. Or get your hair professionally shaved. You wouldn’t be able to see them in person, but they show in close-up shots of your face.

Let’s Review!

You want to look great, so you need to make certain everything you wear is going to fit the way you need it to fit.

  1. Get a second pair of eyes to help. Hire a bridal stylist to make sure your attire looks incredible and no undergarment seams are showing.
  2. Don’t forget the importance of undergarments! Jump around in them and watch how everything moves and fits.
  3. Use Spanx to tuck in and smooth out excess hanging skin or flesh.
  4. Pay special attention to your skin. Get a facial weeks in advance for glowing skin. Remove all bumps, whether you’re the bride or the groom.
  5. Get a good wax. Get a good shave.
  6. Keep up the lotion routine.

Petronella Photography offers additional retouching on images to help you look your best, but if you don’t want to spend way too much on retouching most of your photos, then you need to prepare yourself for looking amazing.

Contact us today for more information on preparing yourself for your wedding photos.


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