Do you need posing tips for couples you photograph?! It can definitely be hard to remember lighting, composition, client experience, AND amazing posing! Once you have a system down it will be much easier. Today we are going to give you five quick tips to make your clients look AMAZING in every photograph.
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EVERYONE looks better when being photographed if the camera angle is pointing down at them slightly instead of pointing up at them. We totally get that on a quick wedding day it can be hard to make the time to stop and get a step-stool, but sometimes it’s definitely needed. Even if your photo has perfect lighting, wonderful composition, and fantastic editing, if your client doesn’t have a flattering jawline they won’t love the photo! This is such a quick fix that it’s definitely a priority when we photograph taller coupes. Another trick here is to make sure we aren’t standing downhill from our clients OR putting them up higher on steps or a ledge. These small tweaks can make your clients look their absolute best in all of their images. Notice the photos below: the left image was taken facing up at our couple. The photo on the right is much more flattering of our clients.
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We are constantly telling our couples to “put their cheeks together and look at us!” When you minimize the space between the heads there is a greater sense of connection between the two and tends to photograph better. You can do this in many different ways- just be sure that your couples faces are very close together. Oftentimes when you ask them to smile or laugh at each other they will do so awkwardly far apart. I will ask them to do it again but laugh with their mouths 3 inches from each other. It definitely can feel silly for them but I reassure my couples that it looks GREAT. In the photo below you can see how much better the portrait with their heads touching looks!
This one is a bit more subtle but something we noticed in some photographer’s images that actually cheapens their work. That may sound harsh but this a small tweak you can use to elevate your entire portfolio. When a bride is laughing and looks really joyful but the groom is nuzzling and looks really serious OR has a blank face, something in the images feels off and staged. When you instruct the couples to have similar emotions, the image feels more like a moment you captured organically instead of posed and instructed. It immediately makes your work feel more elevated and high-end. The image on the left feels a bit staged to me. He has a serious and romantic expression where she has a smile and is looking a bit more joyful. The image on the right has matching expressions and feels like a more authentic moment.
If you want a full guide on how to pose couples effectively, check out our couples posing system and tips!