One definition of posing is: Assume a particular attitude or position to be photographed, painted or drawn.
For some this is extremely hard because they think too hard on the pose and THEN they get nervous, THEN they revert to self consciousness. This may ruin what they had intended on doing all along, which was to look as natural as possible. Well I hope to rest your fears some with this blog. #posingforphotographs #posingonyourweddingday #weddingdayposes #imgettingmarried #imengaged
Here are a few rules that will help you pose when taking your engagement photos or your wedding day photos:
- Practice in front of a mirror before doing a photo shoot. You can do it by yourself or with your fiancee’ This also works by doing selfies.
- Get a photographer that you feel comfortable with and can bounce ideas off of. Plan with your photographer poses you like, so things will flow a bit smoother.
- Breathe… No seriously take a deep breath. This helps relax your body.
- Relax into the poses that your photographer guides you in doing. Listen to his/her instructions.
- Breathe again
- Be an actor for the day. Another words feel what is around you. Feel the breeze, smell the smells, think about the here and now.
For instance: I told the bride above to shrug her shoulders as he kisses her ear or neck, (Like she would have done naturally). Then I told him to tickle her with his mouth either on her neck or ear in a playful way. This distracts them, if only for a moment and gets them to talk to each other.
I also constantly tell my subjects to act as if I am not even there.
I then laugh and go on.
If they still don’t feel comfortable I tell them to act as if they were home playing around and were snuggling together. This usually puts them in a place in their mind that is not only realistic but also calming.
NOTE: Some still have problems with certain poses so, I just switch up poses until they feel comfortable. As a photographer my experience tells me that every pose doesn’t always work on everyone. I know when to stop with poses that don’t work. It is important to be able to say, “Let’s change poses” when needed.
This street scene above worked nicely because there were distractions. Sometimes distractions are good and sometimes not.
ABOVE: These are all set up but they have a certain candid feel to them. It is all about comfort and trying to maximize the moments that you are able to.
I also know when to say when.
Some people have a short time they are willing to pose or have a camera in front of them. This means I have to act quickly. They may be nervous or simply have a lot to do.
BELOW: Of course there is nothing better then a good candid that just happens in front of you! So let it flow naturally and it WILL be captured.