10th September 2011 | 1 comments
I am a firm believer that no matter how long you've been in the profession, there's always something new to learn with every experience. One such aspect where I feel that photographers should continuously be learning is posing. Every morning, as I munch on my breakfast scone, I visit wedding websites such as Style Me Pretty and Once Wed. I take note of the techniques that other photographers are using and, more importantly, if a certain pose jumps out at me, I save it into my Poses folder and try to recreate it in a different way.
This way, I can be confident that during my engagement shoots or couple portraits at a wedding, there will never be a moment where the bride and groom are staring at me and waiting for direction. "Directing" the couple during a photo shoot might sound a bit formal, but I assure you it's worlds away from telling the bride and groom to look into the camera and going, "Okay guys, one, two, smiiile!" The current trend is to look for photographers that shoot in a photojournalistic style, which is what I do 90% of the time. But when it comes to portraits, I find that most couples prefer to have a few suggestions on how to pose. Most of us aren't trained models, so it's completely understandable to feel a little bit lost in front of the camera. Here's where all that reading and practicing come in handy.
There are a few tried and true poses that I like to start with, simply because they are easy, comfortable poses to do and they'll help the couple relax and slip into the moment. One such pose is what I call the "Forehead kiss".
The great thing about basic poses like the "Forehead kiss" is that even though the instructions I give them are the same, every couple will do it differently. Another reason why I love the "Forehead kiss" is because it's hard to be at such close range to your loved one and not start giggling. I might crack a joke to get them to laugh and when they do, that's the picture I'm looking for.
Another classic pose is the "Groom's kiss". I ask the groom to give the bride a kiss on the cheek, the forehead, or the shoulder. The reason why I love this pose is because kissing on the lips is quite an intimate act and some couples might feel a bit shy about doing it in front of a camera. With a "Groom's kiss", the kiss ends up being more playful and sweet. All I have to do is jokingly tell them to keep it clean and I am sure to get a giggle or two for the camera.
The third pose that I always, always do is the "You lucky guy" pose. I think this pose says it all: how gorgeous every girl looks on her wedding day, and how lucky the guy is to have such a beautiful bride. This pose requires minimal joking from my part. There's just something about leaning against the groom that makes ever bride open up to the camera.
I hope this has been helpful. There are plenty other classic poses that I love, but these three are my favoritest of the bunch because you can do them anytime, anywhere, without any props. In other news, I will not be around for the next couple of weeks or so because I have one last wedding in England next Saturday before I flyyy off to Jakarta for another wedding the following Saturday! Excited can't even begin to describe how I'm feeling. Happy weekend!