Updated: Oct 21, 2021
Ok ok ok. I know that posing sometimes is super easy and sometimes it just doesn't come to us as easily as usual. Some people are super cute and into PDA and other people aren't so into it. Or maybe they aren't as comfortable in front of the camera and need more direction.
These are twenty super easy go to poses that always make an engagement or couple shoot super fun!
NUMBER ONE: GET THEM MOVING
I usually start with this, standing still can be hard for some couples, especially if they're nervous or don't yet know where to put their hands or what to expect. Telling them to the only rules are they have to stay connected to one another and they can't look at you but they can look anywhere else is a super easy way to relax them and let them know they aren't expected to look into the lens of death. Then I simply ask them to walk towards and past me, or along the water line. Depending on the couple, they may naturally get in super cute, they might laugh at how silly they feel or they might just hold hands or wrap a arm around one another but either way, you can get a number of shots of various angles as they walk past you and you'll get a good feel for how they interact to one another and whether they need further prompting.
NUMBER TWO: RACE!!
It's so easy to add in some instructions to a walk along the beach, like run or race. If it's cold, this is a great way to keep your couple feeling warm too!
NUMBER THREE: PIGGY BACK
An absolute favourite has got to be piggy backs, do always remember to keep in mind if your couples have told you about any back injuries etc before you ask them to do this. But if they can, it's a great way to get the girls laughing away! I always like to secretly say to the guy to fake drop the girl or threaten to drop her in the water, it usually gets a good amount of terrified but cute laughter going!
NUMBER FOUR: USE THE REFLECTION
I love to shoot at low tide or as the tides heading out so that I can utilise the reflection on the wet sand. Tilt your camera downwards as your couple is snuggled up or walking by to get a totally different take on the same shot. Try both more detail crops as well as full variations too.
NUMBER FIVE: USE THE WIND
Got wind? Awesome, use it to create more interesting images by switching the way your clients are facing up, this will change the direct that the hair or clothing blows to create interesting or just different images throughout your gallery. Be careful with fringes though, some hair styles this won't suit!
NUMBER SIX: PICK HER UP
Depending on your couple, you might need to explain how you want them to pick each other up, from behind, like a tackle, from below the bum, bridal style. The added action of spinning around can add laughter and energy to this if you prefer that to the quiet moments.
NUMBER SEVEN: RUN AND JUMP
This is super sweet, whether they look up into the air and laugh, touch their noses, or she gets scared right at the end this can be a super fun or super cute moment.
NUMBER EIGHT: USE THE ENVIRONMENT
At a cool location? Don't forget to do a little people big landscape shot, cliffs, walls of trees, the ocean, the never ending beach. What ever it is, use that.
NUMBER NINE: GRAB HER FACE LIKE YOU'RE GONNA MAKE OUT
Grab her face, grab his face. What ever it works, you can always add in a kiss with your teeth prompt or tease them and say they probably shouldn't keep their eyes open because it's a bit weird if you want a little laughter here.
NUMBER TEN: GET THE DETAILS
Don't forget to grab the sweet moments in between that tell a story, when you've got them cuddling, grab a close up of the ring or of their hands wrapped up together, grab the shots that will fill up an album and tell a story.
NUMBER ELEVEN: TOUCH YOUR NOSES TOGETHER
Literally, do it, rub those noses together. Tickle each other with your noses. See if they don't laugh or crack a smile!
NUMBER TWELVE: HOLD ONTO HIS BICEPS
Guaranteed to get a bit of a smile, especially if you word it in a bit of a cheeky way, like maybe feel up his biceps. This also puts the person doing the holding slightly behind the person in front, so it can help to slim their profile.
NUMBER THIRTEEN: CUDDLE HER
If I want a laughing shot, I always follow this with a suggestion like, "ok, now snort into her hair", or "sniff her hair" or "lick her ear". If I want a more soft quiet image or expression, I'll give a different verbal prompt, perhaps like "remind her of why you love her" which might still result in a laugh depending on what he says. Having her body slightly angled towards you keeps both her shoulders visible.
NUMBER FOURTEEN: BURY YOUR FACE IN HER HAIR
Cuddling her from behind, burying your face into her hair, kissing her shoulder, resting your forehead on her. All these things will change the energy of this image to be a quieter more intimate image.
NUMBER FIFTEEN: WRAP YOUR ARMS AROUND HIM FROM BEHIND
This is so great for curves as it changes the perception of someones size but it is also great to add in to create some images where the partner who is usually being cuddled, is the one doing the cuddling. Having her arm off one shoulder allows her body to come around to the side more and be more visible as opposed to being completely hidden too.
NUMBER SIXTEEN: ADD IN AN JUMPER
This one is a goodie to change up an image and make them feel super snug. Adding in a change to the outfits can help with creating more images throughout the gallery and especially towards the end of a sunset shoot, because it's darker and moodier.
NUMBER SEVENTEEN: CLIMB THE ROCKS
Does your location have rock pools or rocks or even a fence? Take photographs of your client interacting with their environment to tell the story, remembering to prompt your clients to stay connected and help each other! When ever it comes to something like this, make sure your client feels safe and that you follow any legal requirements here.
NUMBER EIGHTEEN: HAND ON THE CHEST
Get them all snuggled up together and wrap their arms around one another. Have her place her hand on his chest and then if you want to, have them walk towards you like this too.
NUMBER NINETEEN: FRAME THEM
Use locations like the cave mouth in this image, like trees on either side of a drive way or like a road to frame your client. Even just having them walking towards you to give movement to the image, or simply just standing in front can create a beautiful image.
NUMBER TWENTY: TIPPY TOES
"Push your bellies together" comes out of my mouth so many times at a photoshoot to get them in nice and close. Depending on the height of your client, you may even get them to go on their tippy toes to get nice and close height ways but also creates a super cute vibe to an image.
BONUS TIP: RUN AWAY FROM ME
This is super good if you've got a great back drop like a beach with the reflective sand to create footprints. Just remember to remind them to stay connected!