One of the most frequent questions I get as a wedding portrait photographer is, “How should I pose in my photos?”
My answer is this: Keep it natural, whatever that means for you.
Unlike candid wedding day snaps or even a more traditional engagement shoot, portraits capture your personality, your aesthetic sensibility, and your story, all-in-one.
You may be an elegant beauty who naturally finds a more elongated pose, or have a soft personality that relaxes into the lens.
I find that my subjects photograph most beautifully, even in my most high-fashion inspired sessions, when they stop “pretending” to model and let their most natural selves show.
In light of receiving this question in my inbox (once again) this morning, I thought we’d do something fun on the blog today and share how NOT to pose:
Here are some poses to avoid during your bridal portrait session.
1. The “Thinking a little too hard”
We know you have a lot to think about, but when your whole body shows it, your photos turn out looking a little Le Penseur.
2. The “basic prom date”
There’s nothing more innocent and sweet (and yawn-inducing) than the basic hand-on-hip prom date pose. Avoid!
3. The “forlorn dramatic sprawl”
A glamorous laydown shot is on every bride’s wish list... but looking like a toppled mannequin doesn’t yield the best results.
4. The “wait, there’s something wrong with my shoe!”
It’s hard to know what to do with your hands if you’re new in front of the camera... but here’s one thing you don’t need to do: hunch over and mess with your shoes!
5. The “Hangover”
While we’re on the subject of hunching, not everyone can pull off the level of “bored and hungover” that models like Kate Moss are famous for without looking... well, bored and hungover.
6. The “holding up the nearest building”
Sometimes attempts to strike a strong pose end up looking a little more like extremely fancy scaffolding. Don’t let this happen to you!
7. The “potentially broken arm”
It’s best not to inspire the photographer to gasp, “Are you okay?!” by holding an arm like you’ve suddenly injured it.
8. The “I don’t actually want to be here”
There’s a fine line in high fashion between a pose that looks understated vs. one that looks downright pissed off. Crossed arms and a scowl are that line.
9. The “wedding crasher”
Unless you’re bringing a devil-may-care personality to the session as part of your theme, don’t let your nerves turn your body language sour. Opt for softer angles and natural expressions.
10. The “stiff as a mannequin”
Finally, while we reference mannequin-like poses sometimes in editorial shoots for inspiration, posing like a literal mannequin doesn’t allow the camera to capture your personality. Loosen up!
Remember: we’re having some fun here. Don’t get too hung up on poses!
On the day of your shoot, our team will ensure you have everything you need to feel relaxed and ready to look your absolute best.
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