Taking photos of a couple can be difficult if you guys aren’t familiar with one another. Sometimes, even if you are familiar, posing and directing the couple for amazing shots can still present a challenge. I’m a firm believer in capture the story and interaction, but here are my top 5 go to poses to get you started.
Close up of hands/Ring shot
Most women LOVE to show off the ring their soon to be hubby got them. This shot allows the photographer to get a great detail shot and relaxes the couple because only their hands will be in the photo. I like to start with the ring shot. It’s low pressure and a great way to ease into the session.
After we’ve established a bit of a rapport with the ring shot, I’ll have the couple talk among themselves. I slowly fade into the background and capture photos of them being themselves. Sometimes you can throw out topic ideas for them to talk about, but the main idea is for them to enjoy each other and pretend I’m not there for a while.
2 Become 1
I call this next pose the 2 become 1 because I have the couple stand arm’s length apart from one another and slowly move them inward. What this also does is allow me to start farther away and slowly move closer. This is a technique I use to naturally create intimacy without forcing it. As the couple moves closer together I have them turn in to face each other ending in an embrace. It’s usually filled with laughter and love.
The Full Embrace
There are a few ways to arrange this pose. I like to continue from the last pose and have them freeze. While they’re holding each other, I have them look at each other, look away, rest heads, etc. This pose really captures the intimacy and tells the story of how they love each other. You can see the love in their eyes when they look at one another.
No engagement session is complete without the kiss. The way I move the couple through these poses, most of them kiss without me telling them to anyway. It’s a natural progression. Also a key to capturing the kiss to allow them to kiss in a way that’s comfortable and natural to them. I may tell them to freeze to get a certain angle, but I’m not directing their kiss. You want this shot to be organic.
Of course these aren’t the only shots to get during an engagement session. Nor is there a right and wrong order to go in. These are just some of the basic poses that work for me to help warm the couple up. I usually go through this cycle a few times and change perspectives to get the desired shots. If you’re interested in an engagement session please contact me, I’d be happy to help tell your story.