Posing for Wedding Photographers Guide

Posing for the Wedding Photographer Guide

Knowing how to pose clients is no simple task, especially when you’re working under the pressures of imperfect lighting conditions and subjects that aren’t models. If you take time to learn the fundamentals of posing and continuously practice, your images can drastically improve. From the engagement session to the wedding day, you have to know how to confidently pose anyone in any location. In this guide, we walk through how to master these various scenarios so you can arrive to your next event in confidence and ready to pose, including:

  • Giving couples confidence in front of the camera during the engagement session
  • Creating stunning bridal portraits to make every bride look like a model
  • Tips and tricks to pose the bridal party with ease
  • Effectively taking family formals with precision and in record time 

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One of the most important aspects of being a successful wedding photographer is knowing how to effectively pose your clients, from the bride and groom, as well as their family and friends. Because you are always shooting in a variety of locations with people of different body types, preferences, and personalities, you know that there is no set of poses that will work for everyone. There is no universal approach to snapping that perfectly posed photograph.

In our Guide, Posing for the Wedding Photographer, we focus on the importance of mastering wedding photography poses for your clients, as well as how attention to detail can make a decent photograph incredible. We provide you with poses that work, concise steps to using lighting and the environment to your advantage, and examples and tips from industry professionals, including renowned wedding photographers Roberto Valenzuela and Scott Robert Lim.

By knowing how to correctly pose your couples and how to catch the little details, you ensure two things: one, you are showing your couples at their best; and two, when you are ready to send the images off to a photo editing company, you are sending your best work. The latter is especially valuable when you work with a business that focuses solely on post production services and your post-wedding photography needs. Once you receive your color corrected images back from your post-wedding photography specialist, you will not have to spend as much time working on your images – this allows you to spend more time perfecting your shooting and posing!

The guide also delves into how hands-on engagement with your clients can help strengthen your relationship with them. Specifically, the engagement shoot is a crucial time for both you and your clients. You are both getting to know one another and it might be a little awkward, especially if they are not comfortable with posing in front of the camera. Our guide teaches you how to break the ice with your new bride and groom by having them try out basic poses, giving them the opportunity to be affectionate, while at the same time showing the value of bringing energy to the shoot.

This guide also provides tips on how to approach wedding day portraits. When you know what to pay attention to, such as facial expressions and your surrounding area, it can make all the difference. Learn how to be creative in your photo shoot and encourage couples to pose naturally – authenticity goes much farther in creating a beautiful image than a stiff pose and forced smile.

Another aspect of posing during the wedding day that we cover are bridal portraits. Getting the right pose for your bride is crucial to providing amazing photos every time. What may have been a flattering pose for a past bride may not be flattering to your current bride. Because of this, we have included several tips on how to make your bride shine, such as shooting from different angles to find that perfect shot that compliments her.

Also, it is important to remember that this whole process is just as much stressful as it is fun. When a wedding photographer poses a bride by demonstrating the details of the pose first, she may feel more at ease in front of the camera. This kind of interaction with each bride will help alleviate any stress and get her to relax. 

In addition to making the bride and groom look their best, you will learn best practices for working with family members during formal sessions. Find out more about how you can appropriately plan for family photos, what kind of backgrounds work best, and how you can group everyone together for the best possible shots. 

Just as important as the bride and groom and their families are, we have given special attention to how you can approach shooting the bridesmaids and groomsmen. We will show you how you can capture and focus on the small details that showcase the bond they all share as friends (and in some cases, family), while still keeping the focus on your couple. For example, learn how to do this by arranging them by height to frame the groom or bride. 

As a wedding photographer, you know that wedding photo editing can take up a significant portion of your work day. This guide also provides great examples of how you can cut back on post production with your selected photo editing services.

Posing your clients is its own art form; however, knowing how to approach the subject and putting it into practice is the best way to learn and save yourself time when it comes to your wedding photography post processing. Although not meant to be the final word on how to best pose your bride and groom, the tips, access to webinars, advice from wedding photography professionals, and examples are all meant to help you develop a better eye for the craft and become comfortable posing anyone. 

Here at ShootDotEdit, we believe that you will become an expert in finding the best poses for your couples, utilizing light to your advantage, and capturing the bride and groom in their most natural moments. When you know how to make your clients and their families look their best, they will be forever grateful. 

Download the Posing for Wedding Photographers Guide to learn more about posing your clients to create the best wedding photographs possible.