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No matter how much toning you decide to do for your big day, it's A-OK to get a little help looking great from the gal or guy behind the camera. Whoever ends up taking the shots -- your shutterbug uncle, a local big-shot wedding professional -- be sure you're calling them, says Leslie Grow, owner of Leslie Grow Images in New York City.
First, be choosy. "Have a consultation with a few photographers to see that you're on the same page," Grow says. Discuss things like posed shots versus candids, what the backdrops will be, and so forth -- and yes, you can and should bring examples of work that you love and loathe. But your photographer's shooting style only matters so much: You're going to be followed around by this person all day, so you want to choose someone who puts you at ease...or else. "When you're not comfortable, you have a tendency to look tense and fake in the pictures," Grow says. Go with whoever makes you genuinely feel good.
Secondly, be honest. If you've got body issues (and who doesn't?), put 'em out there: "This schnoz tends to look gargantuan in photos. Anything you can do to counter that?" Alternately, you can ask your photographer to play up any features you want: Newly trim arms, a waist you've worked hard for, etc. Grow says true professionals will know how to light and pose you to both accentuate and conceal to your benefit.Tips for Striking the Perfect Pose
Whatever the shot -- you and your bridesmaids, you and the groom, you and your gaggle of new in-laws -- consider these professional tips:
Originally published on FitnessMagazine.com, April 2009.