The foundation pose we’re discussing today is our Open-Up pose. If we start from the V-Up pose, we simply have the couple open up completely so that their feet are pointing straight forward and their shoulders remain side by side. From this foundation pose we can have the couple hang on each other, hold hands, walk together, and get more interaction in general. The Open Up is a great pose because of its simplicity and versatility, many micro poses can be built upon the Open Up, and it gives a great natural and candid look.

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USING THE OPEN-UP FOR TRADITIONAL PORTRAITS

The Open-Up pose is a great way to capture traditional portraits of the couple looking straight into the camera. It isn’t a complicated pose and the couple won’t be uncomfortable in this pose because they simply look straight into the camera, hold hands, and smile. This pose is especially useful if the couple is wearing something nice and you want to get a full-length shot of their outfits.
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USING THE OPEN UP FOR CANDID SHOTS

Because of the space created by our Open-Up pose, there is a lot of room for improvisation. You can give them open-ended directions like “Ryan do something funny” and then capture the candid moments that develop. This is especially useful if the couple has props that they brought to the shoot and you want to encourage the couple to get creative with them. The photos you capture from these type of improvisations will be candid, genuine, and the results may surprise you.

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USING THE OPEN-UP FOR ACTIONS SHOTS

The Open-Up pose is also great for getting walking shots of the couple. We like to take advantage of this because when the body is in motion it’s more relaxed, and the couple doesn’t feel like they’re “posing”, they’re doing something that’s natural to them. If you have a couple that’s nervous about posing, this is a great way to ease them into the session.
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