How to be Camera Confident

Whatever your dress size, most brides-to-be have some pre-wedding wobbles about the photographs. You want to look your best because these photographs are going to be looked at for a very long time! Plus-sized brides particularly seem to lack a lot of confidence when it comes to being in front of the camera. Which is why we are totally thrilled that plus size mega babe and model Georgina Horne is here to share her tips and advice.

As a plus sized model, there are several questions that I get asked on the regular, one of the most common being “I am fat/ plus- size/ large and I am having a photo shoot/ getting married/ want to look good in photos, how do I pose?!”

There is no quick answer or magic formula to suddenly turn you into a posing wizard I’m afraid, and everyone wants something different. Some people want to appear slimmer, others want to be confident but everyone just wants to know how they can look and feel their very best.

I think over the years I have become more chilled about having my photo taken. For some people, it can be a shock to see a candid photo with a dozen chins and squinting eyes, but I now have made peace with the fact that I have many different looks. Sometimes I do look a bit rough and bad-angled – but that’s OK.

Ask to see past examples of your photographer’s work

Being a bigger girl means I do sometimes get paranoid. What of the photographer I’m working with is disgusted by my body? What if they can’t make me look good? What if I don’t look good?! And, you know what, maybe they don’t like my body – but tough shit, that’s their job to make you look and feel your very best, whatever your size.

A good photographer knows how to work with ALL bodies, no matter how they look. Before you book someone, look at their portfolio and see if they’ve photographed plus sized babes before. Do they look happy, confident and ask you hope you’ll look in your photos? If you don’t see any – ask them!

Vocalise your concerns

Your photographer is not a mind-reader. If you are particularly conscious of something, then tell them! They might be able to suggest poses where you’ll look and feel your best or shoot from different angles to highlight your best assets.

You could also show them a few examples of photos of yourself that you do like and some inspiration of other plus sized brides that you’ve found online. It’s important that you’re on the same wavelength but also that you’re being realistic. If you are a voluptuous size 20, don’t expect them to make you look like a size 12 in the photos. Tell them if you need their guidance or input or posing help, and the more photos they take the better, never forget that! God bless the digital age.

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A Mountaintop COVID Elopement with Rock n Roll Touches

Chase and Elle met in the beginning of 2016, bonding over their love of rock music at their local gym. Ironically, they discovered that they were both due to attend the heavy-metal festival Carolina Rebellion early that summer, both with their dads, as they did every year. They decided their first ‘outing’ was to meet up at the festival… with their Dads. Well if that date can go well, you know you’re onto a winner, so the rest, as they say, was history! 

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Rock n Roll Bride Magazine, Issue 37 is Now Available for Pre-Order

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Photography: Alon Gruber, Styling: Karin Zimerman Hair & Make-Up: Tatiana Machlinovski Outfit: Lee Kodo Model: Meshi Wallace

Brighter days ARE coming and my God, are we ready for them! However you feel about the recent government announcements regarding weddings, it’s safe to say that things are finally moving in the right direction. The last year has been absolutely insane but with the vaccine roll out on track and the weather starting to get better, it finally feels like the end is in sight.

Another England-wide lockdown over the last two months meant that our usual fashion editorial had to be put on hold for this issue. Luckily for us, some friends of Rock n Roll Bride came through and sent us this incredible shoot. Shot in the Judaean Desert near Jerusalem, photographer Alon Gruber and stylist Karin Zimerman used pieces from Lee Kodo’s latest collection to create this dreamy yet rugged desert editorial. This shot was just PERFECT for the vibe I wanted to go for with this cover too, what a blessing! Guy Simon Tov also made this stunning video:

Whether you’re newly engaged or this is the second (or even third) version of your wedding that you’re planning, our brand-new issue is now coming at ya with all the information and inspiration you could possibly want. If you would like to order this single issue you can do so here, or subscribe by filling out the form at the top or bottom of this post. UK postage is free, and we ship worldwide! All orders are processed securely through PayPal (and if you don’t have a PayPal account you can just use the PayPal system to pay via credit or debit card).

So, what has this beauty of a new issue got in store then? Well… A little bit of this:

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A Fun, More is More Vintage Inspired Wedding with a 1940s Dress

With a home full of vintage and antiques, it made sense for Megan and Jacob to base their wedding around this. “We wanted it to be relaxed, fun and colourful, and different to ‘normal’ weddings,” the bride told us. “We had a strong feeling that we didn’t want to have a stuffy wedding, and to feel like we HAD to do anything. We wanted a day that represented us, and for us that meant there wouldn’t be crystals in red roses or fluffy puffy bows anywhere! The discovery of Rock n Roll Bride was the perfect inspiration and convinced us to do what we love.”

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How to Stop Inspiration Overload

Wanting to have a ‘Instagrammable’ or magazine-worthy wedding isn’t a bad thing, but how do we stop ourselves from getting too swept up in making our wedding ‘cool’ and forgetting what the day is really about?

I have a confession for you. If I was to plan another wedding today there’s quite a lot of things I’d do differently. Don’t get me wrong, my wedding was an amazing day and one full of personal creative touches. I was beyond thrilled when it made it onto the Rock n Roll Bride blog (who knew that I’d be writing for Kat all these years later!) but looking back, I totally lost my head to wedding inspo. I stressed myself out unnecessarily because in my heart of hearts, I wanted it to be the coolest, most Instagrammable wedding any of my guests had ever been to and here’s another confession, I dreamed it would make it onto a blog.

If I think hard about that, that’s kinda wild, right? Why should we care whether or not our guests think our wedding is ‘cool’ or social media worthy? Why did bust my bridesmaid butts in a homemade pom pom sweatshop simply to create something as good as the professional one I saw on Pinterest?

The thing is, I hold my hands up and say I got entirely swept away in the (alternative) wedding circus. Yup, I really wanted to get married and not only that, I really, really wanted a fabulous wedding.

The biggest budget I’ve ever had for a party? Er, yes please! I wanted the perfect dress that suited my ‘quirky’ personality, the perfect venue, the perfect wedding favours, the perfect entertainment all topped off with fire dancers (for real, this happened).

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