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Naturally Posing Engagement Photos

Engagement Posing Tips I admit it, last year I got tricked into buying a flip book full of tips on posing couples for engagement portraits. And it wasn’t cheap. And I never ever even pulled it out of my bag to use it, not one time. Not that I am any sort of leading expert on posing, far from it. I need all the help I can get, but since this is the year I decided to try and hone my own style, I decided to throw out the conventional pose books and go with my instincts. Here are a few tips I have learned along the way for helping your engagement photo poses be relaxed, fun, and natural looking.

Posing Tips

1. Do whatever it takes to help your couple relax before, during and after the engagement photos. Joke, flatter, entertain, and let them come out of their shells and let their hair down.

2. I know I have said it in previous articles but I will say it again: encourage them to feel beautiful. The very best poses come out of couples that feel beautiful together. If you know you captured a really beautiful smile, show it to them. In my experience, when I get a shot I love, and show the couple and they love it, it’s like a light switch comes on and suddenly they are professional models.

Engagement Portrait Posing Tips 3. Do not be afraid to rearrange a pose, even if you spent time getting them into it, if it looks uncomfortable to them, it will look even more uncomfortable in the photo. At the same time, don’t be afraid to try new things, you never know what a couple might come up with on their own, once you have put them in some wacky position.

4. Always be ready to shoot any pose. When a couple is getting their engagement pictures done, it generally is a time when feelings of love and admiration are evoked, so even though you aren’t directing them, often times they will be sneaking kisses, glances, inside jokes etc, and those always make better pictures.

5. Jump in and show the couple how to pose. I often will wrap my arms around the bride and/or groom exactly the way I want them to, because sometimes leaning all over a client is less insane then waving my hands in all directions trying to convey what I am looking for.

Posing Tips

6. Get inspiration everywhere you can find it, I am a sucker for chick flicks, so if I see an awesome hug/stance, I try and incorporate it into my engagement poses, I also love looking at magazines, and don’t judge me too harshly, Old Navy ads.

7. Practice posing whenever you can. The more you do it, the less awkward you will feel when you are standing there, camera in hand, couple in front of you eagerly anticipating any direction you may give them.

8. Be prepared. I promise you, one day, you will draw a total and complete blank when the groom looks at you and says “OK, what next?”. I have friends that keep post it notes in their bags for just these occasions, covered in posing ideas that they have come across and always wanted to try.

9. Bring an assistant, and make sure they know that they are your second pair of eyes. My assistant has hawk eyes and can spot an out of place hair or an ugly position from a mile away, and she isn’t afraid to tell me about it.

10. Make it a goal to have a great time! Be up, be positive, be attentive, show interest in the couple and their story.

Posing Tips

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7 Responses to “Engagement Photo Tips”

  1. I am going to read these lessons over and over again, thank you so much for your site. You are appreciated.

  2. Great tips! Thank you :>

  3. Veronica Salazar on March 29th, 2010 at 8:10 am

    OMG! This site is wondeful! So much information, so simple to understand for the rest of us who have a passion for photography! Lessons are concise, content is easy to understand and concepts are easy to apply right away. Thank you!

  4. Thank you for giving us this grate ideas, I like most the post reminders, hair down and do what you want them to do, instead of moving your arms and hands around.

    You make it exciting.
    Thank you.

    I’d like to be an assistant to a professional photographer.
    Every body tells me I should be a photographer, I have a passion for good pictures.
    My honey gave me a Nikon D-5000 for Mothers Day :)

  5. Isaac Innocent on July 27th, 2010 at 4:44 am

    Yes i am love with phoyography, more expecaily when i see good works like this, I have a desire to be one of the history makers in photography one day.

  6. Thank you so much !! This really helps. I have been extremely interested in photography since I was 13. I have gone threw so many digital camera’s. This Christmas my husband got me a canon power shot SD 1400 IS. I love love it.
    A couple of day’s ago my friend asked me to take her engagement photo’s! I was like HECK YES !!! Every one always tells me I have the eye for it.
    If you go to my website. Click on the side link that says “What I see threw my lens”
    Thanks for the great tips !!!

  7. Hi!!

    Thank you so much for the information on your site. I have been interested in photography for a few years now and am attending a local college for night classes to find out as much as I can.
    A friend of mine has asked me to do wedding pictures of her son and his bride to be, and of course the all important engagement photo. To tell you the truth it’s the engagement photo that is the most daunting to me. I feel better about it now that I’ve read this. Keep your fingers crossed for me.

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