Natural Light Couples Photography Workshop: The Stack-Up & The Stack-Up Demonstration
Our Stack-Up pose is the last pose in our Foundation Pose Series. The Stack-Up, or the “hugging” pose, is a traditional pose that has a lot of versatility. There are many variations of this pose, but it starts with the couple chest to back with their feet facing the same direction.
STARTING THE STACK UP
In this pose, you can have either have the female in front or the male in front. An easy way to get more looks and versatility out of this pose is by alternating who’s in front.
VERSATILITY OF THE STACK UP POSE
This pose is great for traditional portraits of the couple looking into the camera, or if you want a more relaxed look you can have the couple leaning against an object together. The Stack-Up is also great for fun active poses, such as piggyback rides!
When using the Stack-Up be sure to try to include the piggyback because it’s fun, candid, and enjoyable. You can also alternate and have the male subject on the females back, just be sure that both subjects are comfortable doing it, and that you do it safely.
WATCH OUT FOR HAND PLACEMENT
When the female subject is in front the male subject can put his hands on her torso or above her bust. Be sure to give specific instructions to the male because his hands may look like they’re covering her inappropriately, even if it’s unintentional.
When his hands go below her bust this pose will have that “prom photo” look, which we generally try to avoid.
A great way to avoid a “prom photo” pose is to have the male put his hand in his pocket and the female put her hand on her hip, this is more of a modern pose. Another way to avoid the “prom photo” is to have the male subject place his hands above the bust. This hand placement looks very endearing and gives the photo a more candid rather than a staged feel.
When the female subject is behind we want to make sure her hands are on his chest or neck level. If her hands are around his belly area that can look quite emasculating for the male, a look we also want to avoid.
HAVE THE COUPLE LOOK AT EACH OTHER
The Stack-Up pose has a very powerful effect when the couple is looking at each other. They look at each other lovingly, and it looks like nothing else in the world matters. This is the easiest way to turn a traditional pose with the couple looking at the camera into a completely different look and feel.
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF YOUR ENVIRONMENT
If you’re on an engagement shoot you probably travelled to somewhere very photogenic. Be sure to take advantage of it! The Stack-Up pose is a great pose to get wider shots that show off the location so it looks like the couple is enjoying each other’s company in the beautiful location they’re in.