And How To Implement Them Into Your Engagement and Wedding Photos
1. Criss Cross Chins
One of the biggest misconceptions in wedding and engagement photography is that looking at each other is the right way to take a romantic photo. But think about it… how often do you stare your partner straight in the eyes?
By having your chins go in different directions, you create a much more natural look and feel to your photos. Rather than feeling forced, it looks like a genuine moment is captured. And isn’t that what we all want.
Another benefit is it accentuates your jawline. When we turn our face it makes the skin around our neck taut, creating those beautiful angles we all want to show off.
2. Sitting Next To Each Other
Sitting on a bench, canoe, fence, etc. allows a couple to create what I like to call the string effect. Whether you’re sitting or standing, you want to make sure to think of your head as if it’s connected to a string that is pulling you straight to the sky. Sitting next to your fiancé also helps with any height differences since our main differences tend to be our leg length.
The one thing to make sure of with this pose is that your front shoulders are touching, but you lean out at a 45 degree angle with the other shoulder. If you aren’t touching, and this goes for most poses, your photos can look like brother and sister.
3. Between the Legs
This pose reminds us of a cold winter’s night with a pot of hot cocoa brewing on the stove and a fire roaring. Wrapping up in your loved ones arms creates a sense of protection and intimacy.
This pose works really well with those couples who have a height difference. It also allows snuggles galore. 🙂 🙂 🙂 The groom should lean forward slightly once his bride is between his legs, while she snuggles backward.
4. The Walk Away
The reason this pose is so great for couples is it gets them out of the zone of being photographed. We often find that most couples haven’t been in front of the camera since high school portraits, and that’s if they had them done.
Walking with your loved one lets you take in the moment, and it looks pretty darn good in a photograph too! Quick tip for the ladies, as you walk, you want to put one foot in front of the other as if you were walking a tightrope. This lets your hips sway side to side naturally, giving you those beautiful feminine curves we all love.
5. Hands On
One of the easiest ways to get a stunning photo is for the groom to put his hands around your neck. No, not in a chokehold, but as a gentle embrace. Just like with the Between the Legs pose, this is an extremely intimate pose that works for every couple.
When you’re placing your hands, be sure to relax your fingers almost as if you are holding a glass of bourbon. This will give the pose a relaxed and natural feel to it.