The number one thing clients say to me is “I hate getting my photo taken, I am so awkward” or “good luck, because I don’t know how to pose for photos”. That’s why I thought it was a good idea to put together a posing guide from a photographer.
Guess what… you are not alone. Everyone feels this way, even me! This posing guide is written from a photographers point of view and I want it to be able to help you feel comfortable for your next photoshoot.
The biggest thing I try to stay away from is posing. Yes, that might sound crazy, but hear me out… When you stand in front of the camera and smile, how do you feel? It’s highly likely you feel very awkward after about 10 seconds… and that’s what we try to stay away from. We want movement, we want laughter, we want connection. Standing in front of the camera with a cheesy smile wont get you any of those things. That is why I prompt rather than pose.
Movement is a huge thing for genuine photos and connection. Move around, be silly, jump up and down, do a spin… the wind blows your hair in front of your face? Let it happen! Slash in the water and only look at the camera when I ask you to. Pretend like I’m taking a video and just get lost in your own world.
If you are with your partner, move with them. Connect and pretend like I’m not even there. Pretend like you’re in a movie. Like I am filming you. Hold hands and run together. Pick up your partner and spin them around. Grab their face and kiss them all over. Lie down together and reminisce. I want these photos to be looked at years down the line and for them to know exactly who you are and how you were together in that moment. We want genuine connection, to see your love in raw form.
Check out this reel of photos I got from promoting and not just posing.
The most important thing to remember is to have fun with it. Be comfortable in who you are because that is what we want to capture. Wear something you love and feel confident in and bring some other fun options to choose from. Inquire now and lets book a session 🙂