Posing Guide for Prospective Brides and Grooms
BRIDE AND GROOM POSING GUIDE
This very quick posing guide is to give prospective Brides and Grooms a few pointers to aid them achieve, relaxed and beautiful photographs. Whilst any good photographer should be able to draw the perfect poses from his clients, a little self-preparation will make you relaxed and confident, improving your photographs and save you precious time that can be spent with your guests.
Posture – The bride and groom should, whether seated or standing ensure they elongate their spines (do not slouch). Imagine you have a piece of string on top at the back of our head pulling you up. This will immediately make all your photos more elegant and poised. The curve at the base of your spine (lumber) should be accentuated (especially for the female) to give you shape and definition. Push your shoulders down and back and slightly extend the head forward. As you practice this you will feel odd and slightly uncomfortable but you will also see the amazing improvement it brings with it.
Arms and Hands – Arms and hands should be relaxed. Fingers should have a slight bend to them, (not straight, not clenched) To help with fingers, just before the photo tightly clench your hand into a fist and then gradually open it, You will see that the clench has resulted in leaving them gently bent. Hands should have a meaningful purpose or they will look odd and draw attention away from the faces. This purpose can be as simple as holding the bouquet, being used to rest on, or gently lifting the dress a fraction to keep it clean.
Weight Distribution – Many people when photographed stand with both feet firmly on the ground and weight spread equally across them. This appears rigid and tense. Put one foot slightly behind the other and put your weight on the rear foot. Then slightly bend the front leg. This will in turn aid the curves and shapes generated from the posture explained above. Another choice is to simple cross your feet as you stand.
Gaps – Everyone wants to look slimmer on their wedding day. A very easy way to help achieve this is by not adding further width to the body. Imagine your arms resting by your side. The white arms of the dress laid next to the white body of the dress give extra width. Slightly moving the arms away from the body or bending the elbow slightly will show some background between the arms and body and show the curve of the waist.
Angles – When posing your hands and arms be aware of the 90-degree angle. This angle in day-to-day life is associated with strength and stability and as such rarely looks relaxed in a photo. It also breaks ups the flow of a picture acting as visual block as the viewer looks down the photo. Arms are often at this angle when holding the bouquet or even holding your partner in a pose. Try straightening the arm slightly lowering the bouquet. This will also push it away from your waist allowing your shape to seen.
Three Key points – (1) EYES, (2) CHIN, (3) COLLAR BONE – Whichever of the three is pointing at the camera will be where the emphasis lies in the photo. An example of this is if you wish to emphasis the dress, stand square on to the camera with head and eyes turned away as if looking at something and all the attention falls to the dress. If the objective is, to get the bride to have beautiful intimate portrait pose, turn at an angle with collarbone and chin away from the camera and then turn the eyes to the lens. Getting a range of different combinations on the day will increase the hit rate of gorgeous photos.
Embracing and kissing – when people hug not in front of a camera we usually have one arm higher than the other, to cover as much of the person as possible. Introduce the camera and people to start mirror hands and arms and hang off their partner. Where possible try to ensure that hands are at different heights. Kissing …… Has anyone actually seen a good picture of people kissing on the lips? No? That is because they are few and far between that’s why. People will immediately start to pucker lips and distort their pose to get the right angle for a kiss on the lips. Three key pointers for kissing. 1) Always close your eyes (no one wants to look like a serial killer in the photo) 2) If you have to kiss get just one partner kissing, aiming for the cheek or forehead, it will make a much more sentimental and romantic shot. 3) Try the anticipated kiss. Go to kiss and then hold off centimetres away. Not only will this create a gorgeous picture but also usually it brings on the giggles, which always give a lovely photo.
This is a very brief posing guide that I have compiled from experience and the writings of some great photographers. My best advice is to stand in front of the mirror and try the advice listed above and I can assure you, you will be amazed at the difference. If you are the guy, then like me when I was testing them out it will be a painful experience but I can assure you when the days comes you will feel much better and glad you did. Good luck and I hope it helps.