How to Pose for Your Wedding

Close to 40% of Brides surveyed have regrets with their wedding photography. A huge reason... misguided POSING.

Posing is the number one thing a bride and groom are nervous about when it comes to photography. It is a huge part why almost 40%  of brides surveyed wish they had a better photographer, but by the time they realize that... it is obviously too late.

It is an art and is the photographer's job to master no matter how comfortable or uncomfortable their couple may be. Hopefully you have a photographer that has mastered this. If not... you could be part of the 40%... here are a couple tips that will improve any pose you are placed in. 

The Spine and Shoulders (Example in photos below)
Our bodies are sadly not used to having a correct posture. Push your shoulders two inches back and allow the bottom of your spine (lumbar) to be curved. A flat lumbar and relaxed shoulder can easily take away from a potentially confident and elegant pose. See image 1 of our bride Miriam. Her lumbar is bent and shoulders are pulled back. It'll seemed forced at first, but this is the way our spine should be. Let yourself relax in this posture. This will further display your beauty with a look of confidence and elegance. Image 2 also displays this same thing, but with the groom involved.

(Image 1) As you can see Miriam's lumbar is curved and her shoulders are pushed 2 inches back creating confidence and elegance. Under her dress I asked her to cross one leg over the other to loosen the pose and create an S curve throughout her body. There was no need to show her left hand, and to engage her right hand, I had her lift up her dress. As you can also see her whole pose is creating a triangle adding structure to feel complete. My favorite thing about this is her natural smile! She did so great! Expression always goes above all else! It's the photographer's job to direct this.

(Image 1) As you can see Miriam's lumbar is curved and her shoulders are pushed 2 inches back creating confidence and elegance. Under her dress I asked her to cross one leg over the other to loosen the pose and create an S curve throughout her body. There was no need to show her left hand, and to engage her right hand, I had her lift up her dress. As you can also see her whole pose is creating a triangle adding structure to feel complete. My favorite thing about this is her natural smile! She did so great! Expression always goes above all else! It's the photographer's job to direct this.

(Image 2) I had Miriam do the exact same things here in this pose, but now with her husband Victor behind her. It would be so natural for Victor to relax his shoulder forward in this pose, but to keep the pose confident and elegant I asked him to make sure the lumbar is curved and shoulders back and only bend the base of his neck toward her. So the hands would not be a distraction, I made sure they covered them as much fingers as possible as to not make a mess.

(Image 2) I had Miriam do the exact same things here in this pose, but now with her husband Victor behind her. It would be so natural for Victor to relax his shoulder forward in this pose, but to keep the pose confident and elegant I asked him to make sure the lumbar is curved and shoulders back and only bend the base of his neck toward her. So the hands would not be a distraction, I made sure they covered them as much fingers as possible as to not make a mess.

Your Legs and Feet Relaxes the Pose
Now, if you follow the step above and are looking in a mirror you'll notice one thing. You look stiff! Your legs and feet is a key to relax your pose. A secret to relaxing your pose is by crossing one foot across the other. This will automatically pop your hip out creating an "S" curve throughout your whole body. Try it and be confident! When working with men, if crossing their legs does not work with their body type, I always ask them to place most of their weight to their back foot. 

Remember the String Technique
So my couples remember this in every pose, I always start off by asking them to pretend as if they have a string on the back of their head pulling up. This instantly fixes their posture! 

There is so much that goes on with posing from the hands, face, chin, expression, and eyes! I could write a book on this topic, but for now here are a couple foundations to build on to improve any pose. Be with an experienced and talented photographer in the art of posing so you can look confident and your best during your wedding day! It only happens once.

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