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Posing Brides and Grooms

Join me as I photograph six real couples at their actual weddings. You'll get an insider's view on how I direct them, my camera settings, my lighting techniques, and of course, the stunning final photos. If you're interested in more in-depth content, you can check out the full weddings from start to finish on Photo Insiders. Just head over to to access exclusive behind-the-scenes videos from these weddings, along with monthly photo education on lighting, flash, business, posing, and more, including live monthly video calls and a vibrant community where we discuss everything about photography.

Posing Tips for Natural and Beautiful Wedding Photos

Let’s dive into some of the key moments from this session:

  1. Cheesy Smiles and Candid Moments: Start with the classic cheesy smile – it breaks the ice and gets everyone comfortable. Then, move on to more candid shots where the couple looks at each other and goes in for a kiss. It’s all about capturing the genuine connection between them.

  2. Close-Up Interaction: Get close-ups of the bride holding the groom’s hand, and ask them to move their heads slightly to the left and right while looking at each other. These subtle movements make for charming and intimate photos.

  3. Emotional Vows: During the vows, focus on capturing the raw emotions. Encourage the bride and groom to express their feelings – whether it's a laugh, a tear, or a loving gaze.

  4. Playful Moments: Have the bride lead the groom while looking back at him. This playful interaction adds a dynamic element to the photos. A veil toss can also create dramatic and beautiful shots.

  5. Snuggling and Hugs: For a romantic feel, ask the couple to snuggle up close and wrap their arms around each other. These moments exude warmth and intimacy.

  6. Classic Poses with a Twist: Take the traditional poses and add a personal touch. For example, ask the bride to hold her dress and get closer to the groom, creating a more relaxed and natural look.

Capturing the Details

It’s crucial to focus on the little details that make the day special. From the back of the bride’s dress to the groom pushing her hair back – these moments are what make the photos unique. Encourage the couple to interact naturally, like holding hands or sharing a tender kiss.


Bringing Out the Best in Every Couple

Every couple is different, and it's important to bring out their unique personalities. Whether it's a fun spin during the first dance or a tender forehead kiss, tailor your direction to fit their style. Remember, it’s all about making them feel comfortable and capturing their love story authentically.

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Photographing real weddings is an incredible experience, and I hope this blog has given you some valuable insights and tips. Whether you're a seasoned pro or just starting out, remember that the key to great wedding photography is making the couple feel comfortable and capturing their unique connection. If you want to learn more and join a supportive community of photographers, head over to Photo Insiders. See you on the inside!

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