Even the Masters make mistakes.. yes I took all three images, but notice that I failed to flatter the subject in image number 1. Notice how much heavier she looks. Why? Reason 1. I have pushed the hip towards the camera, thus it is closer to the lense than the face, adding at least 10+ lbs to her. Notice in image number 2 that her arms are away from the body as well. So if we should pose the subject with the arms away from the body, why does the pose in image #3 work? It is because a large portion of the brides dress is in the shadow areas, and I am photographing from the short side giving her a slim shape.
For more posing demonstrations, my DVD #3 "The Language of Lighting and Posing" demonstrates in a very effective way, poses for the plus sized bride as well as those for slim girls.
Bambi Bambi Cantrell