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Do you feel stuck behind the camera not sure how to direct your clients? Nervous about an upcoming photo session? Get unstuck with these ten posing ideas for engaged couples. Are you unsure what kind of photos you want to have in your engagement photo gallery? These pose ideas will help you feel excited about your photography session!
One of my favorite photo poses for couples is this hugging from behind pose. It’s a back to chest, “closed” pose. Getting into this pose is pretty natural, just make sure to have bodies close and touching so it is more cozy. Hips should be touching, and hands should be linked together. But, don’t be surprised if someone decides to get a little handsy in this pose 😉
This pose is great for any type of weather or location. Engaged couples squat or kneel facing each other, chest to chest. Move together as close as comfortable, interlocking legs so they are staggered. Couples can leave their knees up or put one on the ground so they have more stability. Couples can face the camera together, or not at all! Move hands up on chins or necks and kiss gently for some added steam!
I call this one The Windmill. Standing together, with back to chest, couples intertwine their hands and stretch them straight out to the side. This pose photographs beautifully as is, and with movement. Couples can then twirl their arms in small circles and bring them forward in a big hug. Have them sway back and forth for additional movement. I don’t ever have my clients look at me in this pose. It’s best if they are looking at each other or off in another direction. Tell them a joke and make them laugh!
This more traditional sitting pose gets the couple on the same level. For this engagement pose, couples can sit on their bums, kneel, or squat side by side. Make sure to have your couple close together and touching, otherwise it feels more stiff and awkward! It’s important to have a mix of posing styles during a photo session. I always make sure to get a photo of the couple both looking at the camera.
When couples are able to, I love doing a good old classic Piggy Back Ride pose. This can be simulated on different levels of rocks or a hill if a piggy back ride isn’t possible. Make sure to snuggle the couple in close and have heads side by side. Do not have heads stacked right on top of each other because that just looks weird! Have your couple spin around and laugh for a variation in this pose.
I am not sure if this has another name, but we call it The Bride Lift. Since it is similar to how a groom might carry his bride over the threshold to their new home. This is always a fun way to show off some muscles and engagement bling! Add a playful note and pretend to have the couple pretend to drop/be dropped.
One of the easiest and most natural poses for couples to do! This timeless pose is so versatile! There are a lot of variations to a traditional closed pose, both with hand placement and head placement. Easy ways to change up this pose with hands are: hands around neck, hands around waist, hands on chin/neck, and holding hands in front. Ways to mix it up with head placement are: Heads facing camera, heads together rubbing noses, one face toward shoulder while other head leans against the side. I love capturing this pose close up and at a wide angle.
One of my favorite engagement poses, I’m like a kid in a candy shop when a couple goes for it! I literally just named it the tower pose because I have no idea what else to call it. You’ll have to help your engaged couples get into this adventurous photography pose but it’s worth it. Add a little arm flair in there and it’s an epic one! I love this pose for anywhere in the mountains. It’s a mood all on it’s own!
This is such a soft and romantic pose for engagement photos. Have the couple face each other with just a little space between them. Holding hands in between, have one of them bring the other’s hand up and give it a soft kiss. I love this pose when heads are close together as well and taken from a slight angle to the side. It’s such an intimate moment for the couple.
This pose, and variations of it, are great beach engagement poses. I find myself finishing a photography session in the sand with this pose and love it! It’s so romantic! Have couples snuggle together belly to belly, bring hands up in hair or to the side of faces. Snuggle noses and give soft kisses. The best way to end your engagement session in the sand!
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