When it comes to wedding photos, most of us have probably seen it all, from beautiful bridal portraits to the downright awkward shots. Not many people like getting their photos taken at weddings, but if you are the bride or the groom, there is no escaping. And with so much riding on these photos – they are meant to last for a lifetime, serving as a reminder of your big day – it’s important that you truly like them. Now, unless you are someone who poses for the camera on a daily, chances are you may feel overwhelmed when you see it following you throughout the day. But that does not mean that you cannot get gorgeous wedding photos that stand the test of time. Here are a few tips to do that: Practice smiling and a few poses Practice makes perfect: This saying holds true even for your wedding photograph smile and poses. You want to look natural, and the only way you can do that is if you are comfortable with your smile and pose. Before your wedding, stand in front of the mirror, and try to smile and pose in ways that seem the most flattering. But remember not to overdo it, because that may end up making you look stiff and awkward on the actual day. Smile with your eyes To get the best photos, you must be able to connect with the camera. Channel good thoughts and happy memories. This will make it look like you are genuinely happy and not just faking it for the camera. It doesn’t matter if you show teeth or not, when you smile with your eyes, you look the happiest in photos. Just relax and have fun Don’t allow yourself to become too conscious. Try to forget that you have a camera in front of you, and just relax and have fun. After all, it’s your wedding! Meeting your photographer and getting to know them beforehand is a great way to ensure that you are comfortable working with them. You can schedule a pre-wedding photoshoot, which will not only help you learn about your photographer but also act as a trial run.