Why I love my double-chin laugh (and hope to see it at my wedding)

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Obviously I'm the redhead on the left. Look at that glorious chin! LOOK AT ITTTTTT! Just bask in the glory of that.
Obviously I'm the redhead on the left. Look at that glorious chin! LOOK AT ITTTTTT! Just bask in the glory of that.
I love all the wedding advice about how to look good in wedding pictures. I really do. Aside from senior pictures, when else are you going to hire a professional photographer to take pictures of you in all your glamorous glory? Any good photographer will help you pose, but it's nice to know the “chin down and out” trick, and the hip tilt on your own.

BUT… I am also totally looking forward to at least one picture of me with a massive double chin. Why? Because when I laugh, when I'm truly laughing, I get massive chin. And I realized recently that it's great.

I got my master's degree in December (after a trying two and a half years), and it was just me and my friend representing our school. We got to sit next to each other and popped up when our names were called. The dean cracked a joke and we laughed. Someone from the school website snapped our picture. And it was fabulous.

Seriously, I love it. For a second I was like, “…CHIN!” And then I was like, “…awesome.”

I mean, good lord, when you're laughing, you don't give a shit how you look. There's no way I was thinking “Ok, chin down, sparkling eyes, seductive ears.” I was just happy! And, damn, does it show.

Attractive giggling and a well-composed chuckle aren't my thing. I'm a full-mouth, teeth-showing laugher. And I hope that I am laughing at least once on my wedding day and am not caring how I look… because I'll look and feel fabulous anyway.

So yeah, bring on the model-esque posed photos that belong in a magazine, but I hope the photographer also catches me in at least one double-chin moment.

Comments on Why I love my double-chin laugh (and hope to see it at my wedding)

  1. I think to everyone but yourself, it’s hard to get past “SO HAPPY” to see things like chins. Unless it’s a seductive ear… then who can resist?!

  2. One of my favorite photos from my wedding is coming down the aisle after the recessional and I’m grinning like a fool. And laughing. And I look crazy happy. With a double chin. I’ve always thought that’s the one flaw in the photo. No more. 🙂 That’s me at my happiest. <3 Thank you.

  3. Awesome! Love your confidence, and I think your laugh is beautiful! As a wedding photographer, I’d encourage you to share this article with your ‘tog… it’s sometimes a hard thing for us when we’re sorting through which photos to give to the couple. I tend to err on the side of sending photos that show great emotion, regardless of whether there’s an “ugly cry” or double chin laugh or whatever going on, because I find it beautiful… but sometimes if I have gotten the impression that the bride or groom isn’t as confident in their body, it’s a hard decision on whether to show them these images or not. Fortunately, most of my clients tend to be of your mindset, but just share this sentiment with your photographer… they’ll be glad to know your opinion and will be less likely to filter out these beautiful images that you want. 🙂

  4. “Seductive ears”… love it.

    One of my absolute favorite photos from our wedding day was of the two of us honestly laughing hard at an oopsie. I think we look prettiest with our full-toothed, scrunchy-eyed smiles.

  5. I love this! Yes, it’s important to pose people with an awareness of those things in portraits. But sometimes a bride seems to be controlling herself all day just out of fear that that little extra bit of chin will show – to the point that she doesn’t look as just purely happy as she would if she weren’t worried about it in the photojournalistic moments. A bride with a huge, authentic smile is the best thing to see!

  6. For me, when I’m laughing or smiling really big, my eyes get so squinty that they can look closed. Occasionally I’m a little self-conscious about it. But by far, my favorite wedding-day photos are the ones where I’m laughing, squintiness and all. They really reflect the joy of the day, and isn’t that the point?

    (And I didn’t notice your chin at all in that photo; all I saw was a great smile and a lot of happiness!)

  7. I love everything about this post! Looking forward to seeing your wedding profile here with many happy chin photos 🙂

  8. Omg yes thank you for posting this, I am always having to explain to people before booking that because my work focusing on capturing real emotions, it’s not necessarily flattering like the myspace selfie you do in a club. People pose so much that they rarely understand what they really look like when they’re laughing etc. Everyone looks their best when they’re super happy!

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