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How to look good in a photo while giving a toast


It’s full disclosure time…one of the hardest things to photograph at a wedding is a person giving a toast. Because most people are not accustomed to making speeches in public, especially while being photographed, it can be a little tricky to get a flattering photo.

If you have been asked to make a speech at a wedding, there’s a good chance you are going to end up in the couple’s wedding album. Here are some tips to ensure you will look your best.

1) Don’t just dive right in. When you first approach the mic, wait for the guests to quiet down and look out at the crowd with an open friendly smile. There is no need to mug for the photographer but give him an opportunity to photograph you holding the mic and smiling.

2) Speak slowly, take several pauses and look up from your notes. Of course, having your speech memorized is best, but if you don’t, be sure to look up and make eye contact with the audience every once in a while. Also, keep in mind that most people speak faster when they are nervous. Be sure to take a breath now and again and slow down. This will ensure you not only deliver a wonderful toast, you’ll also give the photographer plenty of opportunities to get a great shot of you.

3) Make sure you have something to toast with. At the end of your speech, raise your glass and smile at the couple for a second or two. Trust me, this always yields a wonderful photograph.

Cheers and good luck!

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