Posing 101 - The Bride & Groom

Posing 101 - The Bride & Groom

This will be our first blog post in our photographer's educational section of the website and we wanted to kick things off with posing 101 how to pose the bride & groom.

One of the biggest things to overcome in wedding photography is the ability to come up with different and unique poses that can be elegantly executed on the spot. This can sometimes be difficult with all the time restrictions. We hope this blog post will help get you more comfortable with posing future clients. 

Our photographers keep some simple bits of information in mind while posing clients:

  1. The bride & groom should almost always be touching in one way or another.
  2. Simple variation in posing (3 - 5) variations between locations.
  3. Have fun.
  4. Never be afraid to admit you need to re take the shot.

Our style of posing is more or less "organic" below I will walk you through some examples of how we pose the client. 

"Angela, put your arms around Josh's neck" and "Josh, put your hands on Angela's Waist" (Then the shot was taken peeping through the trees)

"Angela, put your arms around Josh's neck" and "Josh, put your hands on Angela's Waist" (Then the shot was taken peeping through the trees)

(Same pose as above, variation on crop) "Angela, slowly come in for a soft kiss" 

(Same pose as above, variation on crop) "Angela, slowly come in for a soft kiss" 

"Josh, take Angela's hand and give her a kiss" (They did the goofy faces, I just caught the moment)  "Angela put your arms around Josh's neck and bring your left hand down to his lapel" "Josh, hands on Angela's waist and both of you look at me"

"Josh, take Angela's hand and give her a kiss" (They did the goofy faces, I just caught the moment) 

"Angela put your arms around Josh's neck and bring your left hand down to his lapel" "Josh, hands on Angela's waist and both of you look at me"

"Josh your going to put your hand up and have Angela twirl and look at you smiling"  "Just hold hands and walk towards me" (Again peeping from the trees)

"Josh your going to put your hand up and have Angela twirl and look at you smiling" 

"Just hold hands and walk towards me" (Again peeping from the trees)

(While walking) "Josh give Angela a kiss on the cheek"  "Josh face the trees, Angela put your right hand around Josh's waist and the left one under his arm and lay your head down softly" (Typically we mimic the motion as we explain poses like these) (Far right) "Turn around walk the other way, now stop and look at me" 

(While walking) "Josh give Angela a kiss on the cheek" 

"Josh face the trees, Angela put your right hand around Josh's waist and the left one under his arm and lay your head down softly" (Typically we mimic the motion as we explain poses like these)


(Far right) "Turn around walk the other way, now stop and look at me" 

"Okay, were going to do the prom pose. Angela put your back into Josh's chest bring your right hand up to his face and Josh hands on Angela's waist" 

"Okay, were going to do the prom pose. Angela put your back into Josh's chest bring your right hand up to his face and Josh hands on Angela's waist" 

"Josh use your back to lean into the fence, right arm up. Angela just get close to Josh"  "Touch foreheads" 

"Josh use your back to lean into the fence, right arm up. Angela just get close to Josh" 

"Touch foreheads" 

"Do something goofy"  (Angela started skipping so I made them take it a notch higher) 

"Do something goofy" 

(Angela started skipping so I made them take it a notch higher) 

"Just a simple arm around Angela and looking at the camera then look at each-other"

"Just a simple arm around Angela and looking at the camera then look at each-other"

" Get together guys. Josh, hands on Angela's waist. Angela, left hand on Josh's lapel" (quick zoom in for variation)  

" Get together guys. Josh, hands on Angela's waist. Angela, left hand on Josh's lapel" (quick zoom in for variation)  

"Look at each-other" "Give him an Eskimo kiss" "Touch foreheads" "Give him a kiss on the cheek" 

"Look at each-other"

"Give him an Eskimo kiss"

"Touch foreheads"

"Give him a kiss on the cheek" 

"give her a kiss on the cheek"

"give her a kiss on the cheek"

(Pretty much candid) "Just look at each-other" 

(Pretty much candid) "Just look at each-other" 

"I am just going to have you two dance" 

"I am just going to have you two dance" 

"Get together left hand in the pocket arms around Josh's neck, right hand to his face and give him a kiss"

"Get together left hand in the pocket arms around Josh's neck, right hand to his face and give him a kiss"

"Give Josh a kiss then lye on his shoulder" 

"Give Josh a kiss then lye on his shoulder" 

(Candid) "Stand on the third step and come together"  "Ill just have you separate hold hands and look at me"

(Candid) "Stand on the third step and come together" 

"Ill just have you separate hold hands and look at me"

"Josh hands on Angela's waist. Angela hands behind Josh's head and touch foreheads"  "Bear with me as a take a few shots and get some great lighting" 

"Josh hands on Angela's waist. Angela hands behind Josh's head and touch foreheads" 

"Bear with me as a take a few shots and get some great lighting" 

"Stand a foot apart, hold both hands, and lean in for a kiss" (I leaned into the wall first to show them) "Lean into the wall Angela back up a little and Josh lean forward so I can see you both and just look at each-other" 

"Stand a foot apart, hold both hands, and lean in for a kiss"

(I leaned into the wall first to show them) "Lean into the wall Angela back up a little and Josh lean forward so I can see you both and just look at each-other" 


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