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LOVE/HATE: The ‘Badassery’ Edition

We all like to poke a bit of fun here at the bridal models who glare into the camera, sniff their pits, contort themselves into positions you need a chiro to get out of, and wait around hotel lobbies. But what about the real couples and attendants who do similarly strange things in actual wedding photos? I thought it would be fun in upcoming editions of LOVE/HATE to take a look at some popular poses struck and facial expressions adopted by bridesmaids, groomsmen, bridesmen, groomsmaids, brides, and grooms.

The inspiration for this little series was the hugely popular badassery snapshot where everyone looks angrily into the camera with expressions that say “Why the #$%@ are you taking my picture?” and “You want a piece of me? Do ya?”

Or even “You’ve trapped me in this dungeon and I am very angry at you.”

So what you think of all the camera glaring, angry mug making, PO’ed looking brides, grooms, and attendants appearing in wedding albums these days? I kind of hate it, but I’m also one of those folks who has a big grin in my passport photo and on my license. I like a big goofy grin more than I do a pout. How about you?

(Images via: ? and Ed Pingol)

3 Responses to “LOVE/HATE: The ‘Badassery’ Edition”

  1. casablanca September 24, 2010 at 8:19 am #

    I kind of love these pictures…they’re quirky and a little silly but I think adding a little quirk to one’s wedding pictures helps to elevate them from just another bunch of wedding pictures to something more fun and full of personality. We didn’t do “bad ass” pictures…we’re not really bad ass people (aka my husband’s bad ass face is hilariously awkward) but we do love Zoolander so we made sure to take a few pictures with our best “Blue Steel” and “Magnum” faces. They are some of my favorite pictures from the wedding.

  2. Christa Terry September 24, 2010 at 8:35 am #

    @casablanca Yay for Zoolander photos! I’m not much of a badass, either, so I didn’t do it, but The Beard and the groomsmen put on sunglasses, crossed their arms, and did their best badass pose (which was kind of more smirky than badass). I love that photo, and am glad they did it. I wish I could have thought of something clever for us ladies to do.

  3. Scott September 24, 2010 at 9:00 am #

    I like the traditional “Yay, we’re married and smiling” photos, but the occasional “Look at us being badass” pic is good, too — they usually come off looking nice and goofy, which I’m sure is a lot of the appeal.

    I have a friend who posed one shot with his groomsmen jumping off a low brick wall near their church. One of them later took the photo, scanned it, and Photoshopped a huge explosion in the background. The result looked an awful lot like “ACTION WEDDING!” :)