Here are just a few really easy-to-do poses that you and your partner can practice doing together to make sure your Photo shoot goes smoothly and you both look loving, natural and happy!
I don't mean a preening, wannabe model, just someone who is self aware enough to have taken a bit of time to understand that the way they stand, hold their arms or look can make a huge difference to the quality of the photographs you get.
Yes, I will agree that it is the photographers job to make the subject relaxed, build a rapport and get the best light but the overall results are SO much better when there's cooperation from the clients.
So, here's a few for you to have a go at if you want to have a bit of practice, believe me, your photographer will thank you!
This is so simple to do but really conveys the sense of intimacy that makes this pose so powerful.
Simply rest your foreheads together and look into each others eyes, the lady raising her hand to the mans cheek and resting her hand on his shoulder is almost cinematic and certainly very attractive without being too staged.
If the height difference is too great then even it up by standing on a slope or step.
Notice that the lady's hair is swept to the side, away from the camera so as to reveal her neck, which adds to the allure.
Experiment with different looks and variations, like the lady closing her eyes, the man touching the lady's face and so on.
The background plays a large part here as well, a sunset , the sea or just a nice looking garden will really add romance to the image.
Again this is a very simple basic pose but works well for couples.
The lady's hand is on the mans shoulder giving a nice shape to the pose, remember to relax the hand and slightly fan the fingers for extra finesse.
A variation on this is to close the gap by the lady resting her head on the mans shoulder, if the height difference allows, again try different looks and see what works for you; smiling, not smiling, eyes closed, looking off camera etc.
This pose really works well in an engagement shoot as it's more friendly than deeply romantic.
With the lady in a more dominant position it shifts the dynamic to a more fun look.
She can look over his left or right shoulder but again be aware that if she has long hair, that it's well away from the mans face.
This pose can also be reversed so the man is behind of course, but this version is a refreshing change from the male dominant poses and works particularly well if the couple has matching smiles: i.e. both showing plenty of teeth.
Have fun with these and mix them up to get used seeing how you look together, it's a great way of improving the quality of your pictures especially if you are paying good money for them to be done with a professional Photographer.
Remember, the easier you make it for your Photographer the better the results will be as he or she will be much more willing to go the extra mile for you if you meet them half way be being more 'photographable!'
I'd love to see how you get on so post some of your examples below.
Don't tell me, show me!