Posing is an ART. But understandably it’s an art that a lot of couples are nervous about, and SADLY that a lot of so-called “professional” photographers actually don’t know how to direct correctly.
So if you happen to have a photographer who doesn’t know how to pose you with expertise and intention, what are a few things you should remember?
Here are a few pointers. We call these THE FOUNDATION of posing:
1. Imaginary String:
First off you want to ensure that your spine is straight, but NOT stiff and unnatural. We often ask our couples to act as if there is a string on the back/top of their head pull up. Have a straight spine and natural curve in you lumbar (lower back).
Push your shoulders 1 inch back. This will further bring confidence and beauty in your pose.
3. 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 were used on this photo of Michelle.
But What About Posing Your Arms and Hands?
We could write a book on how to pose hands and eyes… it’s the photographers job to not just “memorize” poses, but to learn how to “build” a pose for our brides and grooms.
But here a few pointers so you’ll know what to do on your wedding day.
The hands and arms can be used to lead attention to the right places. With this cigarette pose (looks like she’s holding a cigarette almost), it leads the viewers attention towards Rachel’s face, but is also very natural and beautiful. With her other arm we could either make it out of sight behind her, or where it is across her waste also looks very natural.
When you hold something it naturally gives your hands something to do, but also brings attention to that object. Here we have Valeria holding her bouquet which also is a beautiful way to lead attention and show it off. If there is nothing to hold and we see a pose may look better with hands and arms NOT straight down, you can place one or two hands at the waist.
Having your elbow at more than a 90 degree angle gives a more elegant pose than having it at 90 degrees or more.
Posing The Eyes
So where should you look?
Where you look can dramatically change the feel of the portrait. As you can see in the first two photos we had the brides look down, giving an almost candid feel of the portrait. But no matter where you look, you want to avoid only seeing the “white” part of your eye.
In the portrait of Gaby, we had her pay very close attention to the movement in the camera…
When you focus on something very hard, it triggers the Parietal Lobe in the brain. This brings out a VERY captivating look in the eyes.
We hope you enjoyed these posing tips :). Look out for the next two emails because we are going to be going all in sending you two more gifts!
Reinaldo & Flor