Brides often find themselves frustrated that their wedding photos don’t really reflect the true atmosphere or romance of their wedding day. The photos appear flat, lackluster, or even awkward. Where is the excitement of the first look and the thrill of their first moments as man and wife? I’ve been posing and shooting couples on their wedding days for quite some time, and over the years, I have learned that attention to small details is what takes a photo of a beautiful couple from ordinary to magazine-worthy. The most subtle shift makes all the difference. These are my top three posing tips to help your photos together truly capture the joy of your wedding day and the love you have for each other.
1. Start with a good foundation.
In photos, as in marriage, you succeed when you start with a good foundation. When you pose for a photo, take note of how your weight is proportioned. I always encourage my couples to shift more weight onto one foot instead of splitting 50/50. As simple as this sounds, it sets a foundation from which unforced, beautiful posing can easily flow. The groom looks masculine and is able to relax into a more natural look, and the bride’s dress falls in an effortlessly beautiful manner.
2. Hold hands...the right way.
Do you remember the first time you held your fiance’s hand? Thinking about it probably brings back the feeling of adrenaline and excitement - Ahhhh this is really happening! Now, it’s an everyday thing, but interlacing those fingers is a steady reminder: we’re in this together. Well...what if I told you you’ve been holding hands the wrong way this whole time? Ok, not really wrong for normal life, but there is a better choice for pictures. Interlacing fingers communicates closeness and security in person, but in a photo, it looks like one big mess of fingers. The fix is simple: hold each other's hands at an angle with your fingers together. This sophisticated approach still communicates sweet affection but appears more confident and purposeful. Take a look at the difference it makes!
3. Know your angles.
Awareness of your body angle will take your beautiful bridal portraits to the next level. Here’s the secret: right and straight angles appear hard and masculine, while curved or oblique angles appear soft and feminine. You can practice in the mirror before your big day, and once you’re familiar with how you can adjust your positioning, you can apply this to almost every pose. When you hold your bouquet down at your side, instead of letting the weight make your arm fall straight, put a subtle bend in your elbow. These small, subtle adjustments will soften your posture and beautifully reflect the essence of your wedding day.
Every year, I have the honor of photographing truly beautiful couples, but none of them are professional models. They have not been taught how to perfectly position themselves for the camera. I consider it my job to guide couples as they pose throughout their wedding day to create photos that reflect the rare and beautiful atmosphere and emotions surrounding their special day. My hope is that my photos will allow every couple to relive the priceless moments of their day for years to come. If you are recently engaged and looking for a photographer who will work with you to produce the wedding photos of your dreams, please reach out. I hope you have an amazing season of wedding planning and use these tips on your wedding day to make your photos something you treasure throughout your life together.