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Posing Tips — Handy Tips And Ideas For Wedding Poses

Author’s Intro: This is a guest post by Kevin. Kevin provides various tips and tricks on wedding photography, portrait photography and family photography.

A photographer is perhaps one of the most important components of a couple’s wedding day — the person responsible for making those special moments truly special for the couple to cherish for the time to come. Besides capturing the traditional pictures that most couples want, an experienced photographer can apply creative techniques to create unique poses and interesting photos. The sort of poses used in a picture can be just as important as light, angle, focus and landscape when it comes to creating a great photo.

With so much competition in the field of wedding photography, it is important to offer a wide range of services on one hand and have a vast amount of knowledge about what makes a great photo on the other hand. But one thing that sets apart the great wedding photos from among the good ones is — directing and capturing unique poses.

Go For Natural Poses

Unless the subject is a professional model, it is always beneficial to ask them to pose naturally. It is important that the person being photographed feels comfortable in front of the camera and enjoys the experience of being photographed by the photographer. However, adopting just a few simple movements can help make a good picture even better.

One of the easiest and basic poses to ask for is to ask the subject to stand or sit at a slight angle, rather than facing the camera inwards. In many cases angling the shoulders slightly can provide you with a balanced shot which will help lead your viewer’s eye towards your main focal point.

Change The Angle Of View — Shoot From Above

Where possible, it is always better to shoot from above the subject to avoid any unsightly double chins. As the whole premise of a wedding day is romance and love, make sure the happy couple are holding hands or standing close to one another in each shot. A shot of them standing forehead to forehead with their eyes closed can provide a beautiful and tender photograph.

Say Cheese! And Here You Go — Make Them Laugh

One of the golden rules of posing for photographs, especially on someone’s wedding day, is to get the people in the picture to smile. Try cracking a joke or shout a silly statement just before clicking and see what sort of response you get. To add a bit of variation, ask the bridal couple to perform what has become known as “The dip”. This simple action of the groom bending his bride backwards gently, and leaning over to kiss her can make a dramatic pose on its own, or will simply make people laugh and clap when they see it.

Capture The Moments Of Love & Playfulness

After the formal ceremony, it is quite expected that the newly married couple will disappear for a short period of time to pose for the photographs. This can be a great opportunity to introduce an element of fun and playfulness into the photos. Try and find a landscape that might add as some sort of prop such as a gate or swing and introduce depth to the photo by asking the bride to sit on the gate so she is slightly higher than he is. Allow them time to chat, while you make beautiful pictures of the couple. This will definitely capture the natural expressions.

What About The Funny Poses!

Comical poses work well, such as getting them to stand a few feet apart, bending at the hip with backs straight and meeting in the middle for a kiss. Getting the bride looking directly into the camera, while the groom looks down at her is another nice pose that works well. Or reverse the pose with the groom looking into the camera and the bride looking up at him.

About the author: Kevin provides various tips and tricks on wedding photography, portrait photography and family photography.

Website: Dreamlife Wedding Photography

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2 comments… add one
  • Andre May 2, 2012 @ 6:54

    I think one of the most important things a new wedding photographer can have in their arsenal of skills is a repertoire of wedding poses.

    It’s not always enough to being technically proficient photographer. If you don’t have some great poses you can pull out for those couples who are stiff, awkward or uncomfortable in front of a camera then you’ll end up with beautifully photographed but stunningly boring images.

    There is no reason why anyone who shoots a wedding should ever be stumped as to how to pose newlyweds. The great thing about the internet is it’s a massive resource filled with wedding photographer websites to give you all the ideas you can ever want.

  • Rick May 25, 2012 @ 5:57

    II think that is one of the most useful and best tips given. It is one that is often over looked by new and budding photographers. Unfortunatley it is also one over looked by those trying to give tips and tricks to.
    The internet is such a useful tool, and many use it to learn basic tips for how to work thier cameras or lighting etc.. but I have found the one thing that has helped me (fast track if you could call it that) is sitting for hours and scanning others pictures. It has not only helped me learn poses and angles, it has helped me immensly in learning what to do and not to do to get great pics. Looking at others bad pics is just as important as looking at great ones!

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