The Ultimate Posing Guide

The Ultimate Posing Guide

For your Engagement Session & Wedding Day

 Posing does not have to be a scary or awkward thing during your engagement and wedding photos. Instead just keeping a few simple tips in mind can change everything. 

Also having a photographer who is a master at posing couples makes all the difference. 

And in these next few pages, I’m going to share with you as much value in my expertise in posing wedding couples so you can ensure you look your best and have no regrets for your special day.

How to Look Your Best In your wedding Portraits:

Posing is an art. But understandably it’s an art that a lot of couples are nervous about, and sadly a lot of “photographers” actually don’t know how to direct correctly. 

So if you happen to have a photographer who doesn’t know how to pose you with expertise and intention, here are a few pointers.

Imaginary String:  First off you want to ensure that your spine is straight, but NOT stiff and unnatural. I often ask my couples to act as if there is a string on the back/top of their head pull up. Have a straight spine and natural curve in you lumbar (lower back). 

Shoulders: Push your shoulders 1 inch back. This will further bring confidence and beauty in your pose. 

Weight Distribution: You want your weight distribution to be uneven or else your pose will look unnatural. There are two ways to do this. Either cross one leg over the other or put more weight on your back leg. Look at the photo below. Each of these techniques were used on this photo of Nani.


Now for posing the head, eyes and hands:

And making sure your portraits look authentic and not “posed” or “stiff”

 How to NOT have awkward and stiff wedding portraits even though wedding portraits are posed… no one wants portraits that LOOK posed. The more candid and authentic your portraits look the BETTER. Now there are tons of ways to ensure this… but just in case you have a photographer who doesn’t know what he’s doing, here’s one of the MAIN tips you can do. 

Creating a X with your nose.

So what is it?  

Imagine you have an imaginary line coming out of the tip of your nose and eyes. 

 Creating a X with your Nose

 When posing with your fiancé you always want those imaginary lines crossing making an X. So Instead of having my couples look at each other in the eyes, I’ll have one of them turn their chin slightly to the side and down, and drop their eyes down. This gives the portrait a more CANDID and AUTHENTIC touch. 

Using these X crossing lines with your nose gives the portrait a sense of candid. As if I caught them in a real beautiful moment. 

So how about posing your hands, arms, and even your eyes? 


Posing your Hands and Eyes:

Eyes and hands are some of my favorite elements to posing couples. Its my job to make sure your eyes are captivating and for your hands to flow with you and your partners. I’m always learning how to build upon my posing rather then just memorizing poses, its al part of a professional photographers skill!

But here are a few pointers so you will know what to do on your wedding day.

Holding Something

When you hold something it naturally gives your hands something to do, but also brings attention to that object. Here I have Brittni holding her dress which also is a beautiful way to lead attention and show it off.

In this pose I also had her hold her veil which for this particular case worked out beautifully. If there is nothing to hold and I see a pose may look better with hands and arms NOT straight down, you can place one or two hands at the waist. 


Head & Hands

You can use hands and fingers to lead attention to where you want with a close up. In this portrait I wanted to lead attention to Nani’s eyes and lips. So I gently directed her hands naturally in this position. As you can see, this portrait does not look forced or rigid even though her hand are in a place that you would not expect. This can enhance a close up portrait in a really beautiful way.


Posing The Eyes

So where should you look? 

Where you look can dramatically change the feel of the portrait. As you can see in a few of the photos above I had the brides look down or away, giving an almost candid feel of the portrait. But no matter where you look, you want to avoid only seeing the “white” part of your eye.

In this portrait of Archy and Edgar with their children everyone is looking in a different direction giving this portrait drama and character. I instructed Archy to look directly into my camera lens and follow my movement. This gave her a very captivating look in the eyes. 

Did you know there is a way you should walk in front of the camera? Keep a look out for my posts to learn more.