How To Pose to Get the Best Photos


The Foundations of Posing For Your Wedding or Engagement Photos
Posing is an ART. But understandably it’s an art that a lot of couples are nervous about. Here are a few pointers. I call these THE FOUNDATION of posing:

Imaginary String: 

First if you want to ensure that your spine is straight, but NOT stiff and unnatural. I often ask my 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.

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.

But What About Posing Your Arms and Hands?

Cigarette Pose

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 your face, but is also very natural and beautiful. With the other arm we could either make it out of sight behind you, or where it is across her waste also looks very natural.

Holding Something

When you hold something it naturally gives your hands something to do, but also brings attention to that object.

If there is nothing to hold, then you can place one or two hands at the waist.  Having your elbow at a 90-degree or less angle gives a more elegant pose.

Avoiding the “Floating Head”

A “Floating Head” is when you have a close-up shot of the face, but no hands and arms in the photo. You can use hands and fingers to lead attention to where you want with a close-up shot.

Posing The Eyes

So where should you look?

Where you look can dramatically change the feel of the portrait. You can look down, giving an almost candid feel of the portrait.  Just remember that no matter where you look, you want to be sure to avoid only seeing the “white” part of your eye.

Pay close attention to the movement in the camera…Why?  Because when you focus on something with great intent, it brings out a VERY captivating look in the eyes.

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