The Ultimate Posing Guide
Why Close to 40% of Brides Have REGRETS about their wedding photography
I remember when I got married, I was so excited when we finally received our photos (despite the fact that they were over 6 weeks late!).
As we pulled up our wedding photos to view the slideshow, I remember my husband and I both feeling very excited and happy to finally be seeing our day shown back to us in the photos, but suddenly that feeling changed to disappointment as we got to the end of the images.
After the slideshow was finished, my husband asked me why I was so disappointed, and I said, “You know… I honestly didn’t realise at the time… but really thinking about it, I just didn’t like the way our photographer posed me for the portraits. I just don’t think I look very flattering or beautiful in those poses at all. My arms look huge and many of the angles are up my nose which is not my best angle!”
What a disappointment.
To have that one day in your life in the most beautiful dress, but to not be happy with the way you are posed in the portraits.
From that day on, I made sure it was my mission to be a master in the art of posing brides and couples, and making sure that they saw the beauty in themselves.
Sadly, a lot of photographers don’t understand that it’s not just about the beautiful compositions, backdrops, and even moments. Though those are all important, it is an absolute necessity to be a master in the art of posing to ensure the bride and the groom look absolutely dazzling on the best day of their life.
So I decided to do some research
And I came across this study that mentioned that close to 40% of brides had regrets when it came to their wedding photos.
“Wow!” I thought to myself.
I couldn’t believe that that percentage was so high!
I started digging deeper to really see the reasons why these brides were unhappy, and this is what I found…
1. “Our photographer cut off our heads and feet.”
2. “He just didn’t seem to know what he was doing! He didn’t guide us during the portrait session, and we were just standing there awkwardly not knowing what to do!”
3. “She only captured moments of my husband and I, but not of our close friends and loved ones. That was really disappointing.”
And that was just the tip of the iceberg…
I take pride in my work, and after seeing almost half of brides out there being extremely unhappy with the results they were getting from other so called professional photographers, I couldn’t help but be extremely proud of what my couples have said about me.
Like Nikki who said,
And in these next few blog posts, I'm going to share with you my expertise in posing the bride so you can ensure you look your best and have no regrets for your special day
Posing is an ART. But understandably it's an art that a lot of couples are nervous about, and SADLY that a lot of so-called "professional" photographers actually don't know how to direct correctly.
So if you happen to have a photographer who doesn't know how to pose you with expertise and intention, what are a few things you should remember?
Here are a few pointers.
I call these
THE FOUNDATIONS of posing:
1. Imaginary String: First off you want to ensure that your spine is straight, but NOT stiff and unnatural. I often ask my couples to act as if there is a string on the back/top of their head pull up. Have a straight spine and natural curve in you lumbar (lower back).
2. Shoulders: Push your shoulders 1 inch back. This will further bring confidence and beauty to your pose.
3. Find something to hold. If you’re shy in front of the camera, finding something to hold that will attract your attention can be a good way to take the pressure off of yourself and make the pose feel more natural.