Running out of poses in the middle of a session is something I’m sure many of us have stressed about. Whether you’re shooting an engagement session or doing a couple session at a wedding, keeping your poses fresh and fun on the spot can be tough to do. So, here are our 9 favorite techniques to help you with posing in a pinch!

Important Note: Our actual, complete posing framework is much more comprehensive and detailed. These are simply high-level overviews of some of our favorites. To understand our full posing framework, check out our Natural Light Couples Photography DVD.

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1. The V-Up

  • Have your couple touching at the hips
  • Keep their hands from laying flat by their sides
  • Consider having them hold hands
  • Consider having the male put his hand in his pocket
  • Consider having the female put her hand on her hip

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2. Opened-Up

  • Open up their feet towards you
  • Separate their bodies to face the camera
  • Join their hands in the middle
  • Consider having them look at each other or at you

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3. Closed-Up

  • Have your couple turn their bodies towards each other
  • Make sure there are no gaps between the bodies
  • Use this pose for a more intimate feel
  • Consider having the couple kiss

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4. The Stacked Pose

  • Have the groom stand behind the bride
  • Keep his arms around her waist or wrapped across her chest
  • Have them look off into the distance or towards each other
  • Capture both their romantic interactions and location

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5. The Swing

Evaluate the groom’s coordination and strength before attempting

  • Have your groom lift up your bride
  • Have the female lift one or two legs

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6. The Dip

  • Position the groom to face the camera
  • Have him dip his bride to the side
  • Be sure the groom lunges down enough
  • Make sure his positioning doesn’t look like a squat

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7. Staggered Couple

Position your couple with the bride in the front or vice versa. Switch your camera focus from the bride to the groom to get a more dynamic version of a typical couples portrait.

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8. Meet in the Middle

  • Place your couple facing each other
  • Leave space between them
  • Have them bend at the hips
  • Meet in the middle with a kiss

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9. The Walk

  • Get your couple to link arms or hold hands
  • Have them walk slowly towards you
  • Have them interact with each other (talk, laugh, etc.)
  • Focus on capturing candid and natural reactions
  • Repeat until you have a perfect expression and focus

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Learn More

To learn more about posing, communication and engagement photography, be sure to check out our full workshop here.