Every Couples Fear... Posing

The Foundation of 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 and cringed at their photos.

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, here are a couple tips that will improve any pose you are placed in. 

(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!

(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!

The Spine and Shoulders
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 the 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 your self relax in this posture. This will further display your beauty with a look of confidence and elegance. 

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. 

(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 as much fingers as possible. 

(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 as much fingers as possible. 

Last Tip
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!

Jordan Correces
Bride Educator, Award Winning Traveling Photographer (JCorr Photography)

How to Save Money on your Wedding Venue

1. Don't get married on a Saturday

It's not a surprise that most weddings are on Saturday. Because it's the most common day, it is also the most expensive. According to Money Crashers, "many venues will charge up to 50% less if you book their location for a Sunday or Friday."

2.   Non-traditional venue

A traditional venue easily averages between $2700 to $4500, and for higher end venues $5400 to $7200. Literally save thousands of dollars with a non-traditional venue. One of the coolest ideas a bride talked to me about was having their wedding at Yosemite State Park! The beauty of a venue like that would beat a traditional venue any day. Not near a national state park? Look for a gorgeous public park or city owned venue. 

3.   Small Guest List

Good food costs a lot. Simple as that. The more guests you have the more the catering cost will go up. Think about who is completely necessary to have at your wedding. The wedding day isn't the time to catch up to old friends, but to invite the people who are truly a big and important part of your life. 

4.   Don't serve a sit down dinner

Depending on your caterer, a buffet dinner could be much less expensive than a sit down dinner. 

5.   Off-Season

Especially if your wedding is in a location where it does not feel like summer all year round, it is difficult for wedding venues to fill up dates during the January to March months. Be prepared to find a lot of great deals. 

6.   Don't get married in a big city

Not only will the venue be more expensive, but consider food, beverages, and lodging to be much more expensive in a big city. 

7.   Destination Wedding

Surprisingly, you can save thousands of dollars on a destination wedding. For a few thousand dollars, you can fly to an all inclusive resort for your wedding and stay their for your honeymoon. Compare that to the average $30,000 - $100,000 weddings in big cities. 

8.   Choose a venue that does not need much decor

When Crystal and I chose our wedding venue, we knew we wanted to save money by choosing a place that would not need much decor because it was already gorgeous! We probably saved close to a thousand dollars in decorations. 

9    Book at an "All-Inclusive Venue"

An all inclusive venue can save you from a lot of "extra costs" you may not expect. Not only that, but booking an all-inclusive venue can save you a lot of stress from choosing and looking for other vendors. 

10.   Know what you DON'T need

What is important to YOU. Saving money on the venue and decorations was important to crystal and I because we knew the wedding photography to preserve our moments, and an awesome honeymoon was our priority. Once you figure out your priorities, find out what you can cut down on.

Beat the Wedding Planning Stress

Worried About Planning Your Wedding? Here are 5 ways to beat the wedding stress listed below!

1. Delegate

Remember! You don't have to do this alone! Delegate tasks with your MOH, Fiance, parents, and best man. Your loved ones are here to make this special day a success! Think about all of your strengths and weakness to strategically plan each person's assignment for the best results. I promise you will cut the time you spend running errands and planning in half!

2. Stay Connected With Your Fiance

Instead of making every moment together about the wedding, take a break. It's okay! Fights happen during wedding planning all the time because of the stress, but remember to put your relationship first. Spend a couple days not thinking about planning at all and just enjoy each other's company. You're relationship ALWAYS comes first and in the end will make your wedding day so much richer.

3. Schedule a Massage

Don't think of this as an indulgence, but a necessity! Physical touch greatly reduces the level of stress-causing hormones. Schedule a couple massage with a professional and take time to give your fiancé a nice shoulder squeeze.

4. Exercise and Eat Healthy

Youre body, inside and out, is directly connected to anxiety. You will be surprised at how much a simple 10 minute walk can affect your stress levels. Some nutritious foods that are scientifically proven to reduce stress are salmon, turkey, green leafy vegetables, and blueberries! Check out www.health.com for more!

5. Get Enough Sleep

When you're stressed, your body produces adrenaline and cortisol which affects your sleep. When you lack sleep the more stressed you will be! So instead of doing that late night wedding planning tonight, wind down, sleep early, and save the planning for the morning or afternoon the next day. You'll thank me later!

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What's Your Engagement Session Location Style?

An Engagement Session is more than just a couple session, but it is a couples symbol that marks a historic step in their life together!

The location that you, your fiancé, and your photographer decide on is a huge part in making your art even more personal and special.

So where do you start?

Visual Style

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What type of visual location best suits your aesthetics. Are you more of an outdoorsy couple? Maybe a rustic and vintage location will best suit you. Are you adventurous? Take this theme even further and find out what extremely gorgeous state parks are near by to give you a gorgeous back drop from beautiful woods, trails, and mountains!

If you're in love with the city, there is so much beauty in different types of urban locations from rustic walls and artsy architecture. 

2. Significance

Did you get engaged in a beautiful park or had your first date in a classy part of town? Having your engagement session in a place of significance can be a special way to preserve your story, reminisce on your memories, and share with your loved ones.

3. Personality

Your location should reflect both of your personalities as a couple. What are your hobbies? And what style of places to do you like to go? This goes right alongside your location aesthetic. Maybe your personality does not fit with portraits in a natural park, but you love the idea or your favorite museum or a gorgeous beach.

4. Comfortability 

If you're camera shy, maybe an engagement session in a crowded city location with curious onlookers won't be the best idea. How comfortable you are in your environment will show up in the photographs. Wherever you decide to have your engagement session, make sure you are in your element for the best results.

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Scheduling Your Wedding Day

Getting the Most Out of Your Photographer

Preparations is one of my favorite events! The excitement and nerves! The perfect opportunity for me to get acquainted with the rest of your wedding party! I capture some of my most unique and special moments during preparations... but a well planned schedule is KEY to this. 

Many of the Brides I work with and have spoken to have always struggled with figuring out the best way to schedule their wedding to get THE MOST out of their photographer. I totally understand, it's not something to take lightly because anything can happen on the wedding day. How can we ensure that there are enough time for stunning portraits, heart warming candid images, quality detail shots, group photos, and on top of that, location scouting for the highest quality results? Easy ;) at least after you read this!

Here are some tips I give all my Brides that have been SO helpful every single time. A well planned-out preparations period is key to ensuring the rest of your wedding schedule is relaxed, fun, and runs smoothly.

Brides Preparations

Plan 3 to 4 hours of preparation time. Sounds like a lot, but when there is only one or two hair stylist and makeup artist with 4 to 6 girls in line, you'll wonder where the time went! Many times I've seen preparations last for even longer, so be sure to talk to your hair stylist and makeup artist for how long it will take them and plan some downtime afterwards. This is key to ensuring the rest of your schedule plays out on time. The first two hours is a perfect opportunity to make sure the bridesmaids are ready (make-up, hair, and dresses - unless special robes) before the photographer comes. This way, for the last 2 hours when the photographer arrives, everyone can focus on YOU.

(Michelle and Edgar's Wedding) - Michelle had such a relaxed schedule. I truly felt her and her husband Edgar had the opportunity to ENJOY their moments. That's what a weddings all about :). I love the photo on the right after she had given her mother, Gladys, a gift.

It is SO important to plan for 30 minutes of portraiture time after you and all the bridesmaids are ready. This is one of my favorite events! You're beautiful dress and professionally styled hair and makeup... LET'S SHOW IT OFF!  This is a sufficient amount of time for your photographer to have a 15 to 20 minute Bridal session to capture gorgeous and unique portraits of you. Then another 10 to 15 minutes of fun group photos of you and the bridesmaids.

(Order I work during bride's preparations: Details, Candid Moments, then Portraits)

Michelle and I had SO much relaxed time to take artistic portraits in her beautiful dress.

Groom's Preparation

The first 1 or 2 hours of Bride Preparation is a perfect time to get together with the fellas to hangout and get dressed! If this isn't possible, plan for the last hour AFTER the Bride is completely ready and has had her portrait session. This is the only way to ensure the fellas get preparation photos as well. If your groom preparation is AFTER Bride preparation, it is totally okay to get "half-ready" before the photographer arrives to ensure the rest of the schedule plays out on time. Open up at least 15 to 20 minutes for portrait and group photos.

(Order I work during groom's preparations: Details, Candid Moments, then Portraits) 

(Alex and Brianna's Wedding) - I LOVED the fact that I had the opportunity and time to experiment with crazy fun ideas during Alex's Groom Preparation.

Final Tips

1. Have music! Remember this is also a time to enjoy and have fun with your friends!                      

2. Turn off any yellow light and get ready by windows! Window light is GORGEOUS. Nice large sized rooms with a lot of window light always looks beautiful in photographs. If possible, as your make-up artist and hair stylist to prepare you by window light so you don't look green in your photos.

3. Talk to your make-up artist and hair dresser about times of duration. 

4. Find a corner out of the way to place everyone's clothes, bags, and clutter.

I had so much fun sharing this with you! I hope this is super valuable and helpful!

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