Couples Photography Posing Guide
One of the biggest questions that we always get as far as couples photography is about posing. Every time we go on a couple photoshoot, the first thing that I say is just show up and we will help you with photo poses. The thing is that nobody is born with knowing exactly where to put their hands, where to position their shoulders, and how to stand to look their best. When we shoot the engagement session the poses are pretty standard, so you will get the hang of it very quickly. And the reason we love engagement photo shoots is because during the engagement session you get a good grasp as to how to pose. On the day of your wedding you guys will be professionals at posing.
Couple photo shoot poses are as follows..
The standard pose is when the couple is posing towards the camera, but their body is turned slightly towards each other. The gentleman’s hand is in his pocket while the other hand is on his fiancé’s waist. On the other side, her pose is turned slightly towards him, with one hand around him and the other hand on her waist, or on her fiancé, whichever she prefers.
The next couple portrait poses is where the couple is facing one another. During this couples pose, his hands are around her waist, hips are touching, and her hands are on his shoulders with a slight bend at the elbow so she doesn’t cover her face. Lately we have also been doing the pose with the bride’s hand on the grooms elbow to avoid forgetting the bend of the elbow. Her knee is always bent slightly to give a more natural look to her shoulders
Another favorite engagement photo pose is when the groom is standing behind his fiancée wrapping his arms around her waist, with her hands on top of his hands embracing one another. The key here is for the person standing in the back to be a little bit to the side, so he doesn’t get hidden. And we do a variety of couples poses here, whispering in her ear, giving her kiss, her looking back at him.
Something we also enjoy doing is getting the energy going with our couples. A walking shot is a great way of adding a little motion to the shoot. We always instruct a couple of thing.
- When you walk, look at each other smiling. We mention no talking just because the in-between shots rarely come out flattering
- For the bride we typically tell her to walk with one foot in front of the other (like you’re walking a tightrope to add motion to the shoulders
- Be playful, silly, whatever you want. If you want to give her a little spin that looks great too!
Another pose we love to do with couples is picking her up. This has a lot more thought than you would imagine. One thing we always pay attention to is the leg positioning. One thing that we always mention is to have them slightly separated, so they’re not both at the same bend. Example below. Again, we make sure that her elbows don’t cover her face as well
From here we can always do other couple poses, the sky is the limit! But these three poses will be the standard, that way you show up on your wedding day absolutely prepared for your couple session!
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