Posing for your wedding photos is an art in itself. Your wedding poses can be interpreted by different people in different ways. Did you know that with an incorrect pose, a photographer can mistakenly make a smart couple look self-conscious, awkward and even unattractive? Alternatively, with the correct pose and right angles, you can cover up all sorts of flaws that you may be conscious of.
Wedding poses 101 - Pay Attention to Self
Here is how you can uplift even the most humble of wedding photos into visual masterpieces, simply by how you choose to carry yourself in them.
1. Keep it real!
Always remember that posing does not mean looking unnatural. You do not need to copy complex poses off your Instagram and Snapchat feed. However, knowing the following pieces about yourself will invariably help you get the right exceptional shots:
- Your good side (profile or front side)
- Posing your hair
- Your look (individual elements like hair, makeup, attire) and the complete look
- Facial angles (what makes you look better - a slight tilt of the head, lean your head forward, resting your head on your index finger)
- Your good pose (in profile, at an angle or straight to the camera, slight turn towards camera)
Do not be nervous; hire a wedding photographer you can trust. Trust us; you will be having fun by the end of it.
2. Standing tall
A pose begins with good posture and that's what makes you look your best in your pictures. Here are the things you could do to stand tall in the memories for your special day.
- Avoid slouching
- Keep your spine straight and shoulders back.
- Try extending your body vertically. Tip-toe for a standing picture, lean in towards each other or away from each other in a clear line
- For a sitting or reclining picture, make the stretch horizontally
3. Head's up!
The way you position your head can have a dramatic impact on your wedding photos, especially with close-ups. Here a few tricks you may try:
- Don't raise but lower your chin.
- Position your head on two of your heads
- You can also move your head (not neck) a little forward too. Try ears forward, instead of chin forward and see the difference
4. Position your head and arms
Don’t leave your hands hanging – they may look awkward. Here are a few things you may do with them for the perfect set of wedding photos:
- Hold your partner’s hands, lean on something, or hold a prop.
- Stretch your arms for a clearer silhouette, rather than holding yourself in
5. Leap, stretch or step through to fame
Positioning your legs does matter, even if your bridal outfit would hide them completely from the picture. Here are a few references you can keep in mind:
- One step ahead. Models use this technique instead of standing with their feet planted together, to show off an hourglass shape
- Partially fold a leg, cross one atop the other (as seen above) or lean back to elongate your figure
- Try a jump! Mid-air shots give a candid, fun feel to your wedding photos
- Try the classic, curled leg in the air
6. Pay attention to your outfit:
The outfits used in your wedding photos (be it your bridal outfit, outfits for different functions or your pre-wedding shoot dresses) hold a direct bearing on your mood. Keep these things in mind:
- Ensure you're comfortable in your clothes. Otherwise, it would show
- Choose your poses to highlight yourself and your outfit
- Don't twin when trying coordinated outfits
- Highlight elements like dupatta, bridal jewellery and lehenga skirts
7. Interact with your partner
Set the mood right by interacting with your partner while posing for your wedding photos. That's how you can get the true, candid wedding photos:
- Reminisce on how you met, talk about your hopes and dreams
- Let your photographer capture those intimate conversations
Finding the suitable couple poses for wedding photos
Conveying a story or emotions through wedding photos is a tricky situation. Your photographer must understand that too many instructions can make you stressed and can result in unnatural photos. Some easy and basic poses can add a lot of variety to your wedding photos. We have made a list of 4 couple poses that are safe to try, and result in brilliant photos!
8. Holding Hands
This is a classic pose, which can be captured on many occasions, throughout the wedding. If you are camera shy, hold your partner’s hand and take a walk, the photographer can capture this moment without actually asking you to pose.
9. Seal it with a kiss
Capturing a stolen kiss is the best option. But if you have to pose for a kiss, the best way would be requesting the photographer to give you the time and space to get comfortable. The kiss should come naturally; hence it will look effortless and not posed.
10. Pull them close
These together shots really steal the moment and stamp the mood. You can get your own such shot by:
- Facing each other and leaning in
- Standing behind your partner and pulling them in
- Going for a classic hug
The trick: proximity creates a sense of closeness in the wedding photos.
11. Funny Poses
Well, most couples may not be sporty enough to try whacky poses, but this couple took a chance! If you are also willing to try interesting and funny poses for your wedding photos, then don’t forget to share them with us.
Working with Location, Props and the Environment:
Wedding poses are crucial elements that help capture a couple’s true love. Don’t forget that your wedding photos will adorn the walls of your home for years to come. More than creating poses, the wedding photos must help in creating a soul-connection between the couple.
The best way to include a variety in the wedding poses is to utilise the wedding location to its maximum potential. Use the stairs, the pool, the garden or any heritage monuments close by to capture beautiful wedding photos. You can either use some photo booth props or the wedding decor as your background. Take cue from the following wedding photos and get inspired:
12. Utilising a heritage resort wedding venue as a backdrop:
13. Using wedding decor as a background:
14. Flying paper planes:
15. Using props for wedding photos:
16. Using the pool as a backdrop:
Along with making a list of the go-to poses you and your partner will be trying, make sure to also pose for some additional wedding photos. You never know when natural and unplanned poses would end up capturing the true essence of the moment.
Are you inspired enough for your wedding photos? Now, go and find your perfect wedding photographer.