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20 Easy Go To Prompts & Poses For Couples

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 "l