The Perfect Wedding Posing Guide
Why Close to 40% of Brides Have REGRETS
Sadly, a lot of photographers don’t understand that it’s not just about the beautiful compositions, backdrops, or even moments. Though those are all important, it is an absolute necessity to be a master in the art of guiding(posing) to ensure the bride & the groom look absolutely amazing on the best day of their life.
There have been studies that show that close to 40% of brides had regrets when it came to their wedding photos. That’s way too many!
Some reasons couples gave are shocking. 1. “Our photographer got drunk, & you can see the photos in the gallery getting blurrier & blurrier as you scroll through.” 2. “He just really didn’t seem to know what he was doing! He didn’t guide us during the portrait session & we were just standing there awkwardly!” 3. “She only captured moments of my husband & I, but none of our close friends & loved ones. That was really disappointing.”
That’s only just a few.
One of our biggest goals is to make sure our couples are so excited with their photos, that they share them eagerly! After seeing almost half of the brides out there are extremely unhappy with the result they got from other so-called professional photographers, we couldn’t help but love & be proud of what all of our couples have said about us.
Like Anna & Chris said, “Tim and Krista played a huge role in making this possible. As we had our photo shoot, we were not only taking pictures but we were creating memories. We had fun, we laughed, and in the middle of the busy wedding day, the photoshoot gave us an opportunity to focus on each other, to only look at each other, to be still... it almost felt like a date! Tim and Krista truly captured the beauty, our love for each other, and the joy of that day. The photos and videos Tim and Krista created are now our dearest treasure, always allowing us to experience the beauty of our wedding day over and over again. We are so grateful.”
In the next few sections, we are going to share with you as much value as we can in guiding(posing) so you can look your best & have no regrets on your special day.
.... Don't stop looking towards each other ....
“I want candid, real moments at my wedding. I don’t want posed, stiff, or cheesy photos.” We hear this a lot. In reality, 90% of wedding portraits are posed, but no one wants portraits that LOOK posed. Our couples' favorite photos are the ones that look candid & authentic.
There are many ways to make sure they do, but just in case you have a photographer who doesn’t know what he/she’s doing, here’s our biggest TIP you can do.
It’s called just keep looking towards each other!!! Yes, it's that simple, when you are looking at each other it always brings laughter and joy, therefore, makes it authentic and very candid! Just like this moment in the picture below!!!
.... Beautiful Posture ....
As humans in a loungy world, we tend to slouch quite a bit while at work or resting. Slouching is overly apparent in photos so MOST IMPORTANTLY, you want to make sure that your spine is straight, but NOT stiff & unnatural. Have a straight spine and natural curve in your lower back.
Shoulders: Push your shoulders 1 inch back. This will further bring confidence & beauty in your posture.
Deep breath Take a deep breath before the picture is taken. Not overly huge. Taking a deep breath tightens your core & straightens your posture bringing a nice “S” curve to our bride & strength to grooms
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 was used in this photo of Vera.
....Hands & EYES....
Hand placement is always something couples ask us about! “I just don’t know what to do with my hands?” This is understandable considering we don’t typically think about where we keep our hands at different times during the day.
Hand placement is important, especially for the groom. Putting his hands in the wrong place is the difference between intimate photos & pregnancy photos.
Forearms, Hips, & Shoulders:
If your fiancé is standing behind you or facing you, their hands should rest lightly on your hips from behind you. If the hands slide to your stomach, well... those are the pregnancy photos. Standing facing each other, resting their hands lightly on your forearms or shoulders shows love & caring. Holding the wrist or grabbing the mid-arm accidentally infers control & will look unnatural in your photos.
Where to look? Again!!!! While you definitely want amazing family photos & one or two for Grandma to print, you don’t want every photo with both of you looking at the camera like it's Senior Prom. We also try not to have our couples look into each other’s eyes too much as this can be overdone & look cheesy if you’re not careful. Looking slightly away or down is a natural & candid feel to your photos. And that's why you have to hire a Photographer that can guide you along the way!!!