FROM AN EXPERIENCED FASHION EDITORIAL PHOTOGRAPHER
FIVE POSING TIPS
When my best friend had her wedding they hired a photographer they found on The Knot. Their photos turned out ok as far as the overall quality. But later she said to me, "the photographer had no idea how to direct us into natural poses, and all our photos turned out looking awkward and cheesy. I can't use these!"
I did a post-wedding session for them, and she finally had photos she felt happy to put on their walls. However, their experience lead me to do some research. And I found many articles and forums talking about wedding regrets. Consistently at the top was wedding photography.
Too many so-called pro photographers don't know how to talk to their clients or offer them direction to look natural. Knowing how to pose clients is a crucial part of being a professional photographer, and yet often lacking.
This is why I decided to create a list of my top 5 posing tips for couples to provide some knowledge on the client's side. These tips WILL HELP, regardless of who is behind the camera ;)
PEACEFUL STATE OF MIND
Working with a talented photographer can make for some serious magic. Aside from beautiful compositions, and editing, they should also give you guidance and posing tips. But regardless of who is behind the lens please keep this in mind:
if you are not relaxed, it will show in the photos.
The most important step you can take during your session is to breathe, relax, and be in the moment. Hopefully, you’ve hired a professional that makes you feel at ease and guided. No matter the scenario, you’re here now. BREATHE, enjoy, be present.
WALK THE WALK
Try having candids captured as you're moving from one location to another. Ask your photographer ( if they aren’t doing so already ) to capture photos as they walk ahead or behind you as you make your way to the next spot.
I suggest walking just a bit slower than you usually would, and with more physical interaction between you two than typically displayed in public (if you need inspiration google 'PDA Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas' lol). Don’t mind the camera. Smile, laugh, kiss, hold hands, snuggle, whisper things to each other, etc.
WHAT ARE HANDS?
There's a camera aimed at you, and suddenly you may find yourself overthinking what to do with your arms and hands. First, know that this is a very common sensation, and it often takes some time to relax into your body especially without guidance.
A few suggestions:
THE X FACTOR
A very well-known rule amongst pro photographers when it comes to posing couples is commonly known as the 'X-Factor' or 'Cross Rule'. The compositional idea is that there is an imaginary X connecting a couple.
To make more sense of this concept, what we do is we ask couples not to look directly into each other’s eyes at eye level, but rather eyes to each other's nose. It’s an easy trick! But the results are less posed, more candid looking images.
POSED BUT NOT FORCED
Last but not least. Ideally, we want images to tell a story and reflect the love you have for each other. We achieve this by capturing the dynamics of your relationship by using prompts.
For example: I ask my couples to remain close to each other, and keep their gazes entirely off the camera. In this example, the bride sits comfortably between the groom’s legs (which is the posed part). Then I directed them to whisper an inside joke (the prompt), and the magic happens naturally.
Now they’re in the moment! Photos like this will take you back to not only how good you looked, but also how happy you felt.