5 Tips For Creating Superb Engagement Poses And Portraits To
Celebrate Your Recent Engagement
Engagement poses may be difficult when
you first start working with
them, but they are definitely not the most complicated aspect of
The following five tips can be used by professional as well
photographers to ensure the best engagement portraits for every couple.
Apart from the five useful tips I am going to share with you on
creating great engagement poses, the best way to learn about posing the
human body is by reading Malcolm
Boone's Posing Secrets.
He goes into full detail on the theory and practice of posing each part
of the body. For example, he explains how to pose legs when
standing, sitting, crossed, slightly bent or straight and whether to
have feet pointed or curved. You won't need any other books about
posing after this one.
Improve The Mood With The Right Location
The location is extremely important when you are photographing people
because it controls
what will show up in the background of each shot. You should carefully
consider the location with the input and opinions of the couple or
other subjects being
Some couples may just want something pretty in the background while
others will have fun, creative ideas for location. Many will have
sentimental landmarks where they want at least a couple of their
photos to be taken.
Get Up Close And Personal With The Engagement Ring
Consider the engagement ring the most prized prop no matter what
engagement poses are being used. Every bride-to-be will want to show
off her ring and she will want her engagement photos to show the ring
front and center.
Some engagement photos will allow a tighter focus on
the ring than others. This is an essential shot in any portfolio of
Personality Must Shine Through In Your Photos
When you are shooting photos of an individual you want to bring out
their personality and sparkle, and it is the same when shooting a
couple, especially at weddings or engagement shoots.
Try to get a feel for what the couple is like and what type of
relationship they have. You may ask questions such as how they met in
casual conversation to get a sense of their story together.
Use their relationship as inspiration for the engagement photo posture.
Find compositions that highlight their love and bring a sparkle to
their eyes. Watch the video below for some inspiration.
Variety Is The Spice Of Life In Posing Shots
There are many different types of engagement poses and most couples
will appreciate having a nice variety to select from for final prints.
There are some very classic poses such as having one person stand
behind the other with a hand on the shoulder and then there are more
creative poses that may involve different props or highly unusual
locations and backgrounds.
The more creative shots tend to be those suggested by the couple
themselves and they can be the most personality revealing engagement
photographs of all!
You can also allow the couple to interact naturally together and come
up with some of their own shots that they like. They may behave in a
romantic fashion for some shots and more playful and energetic in
As you can see in the shot above the newly engaged woman is jumping on
her partner's back showing off her new engagement ring.
Let them move around, jump up in the ground, kiss all over one another.
These pictures can sometimes make the best engagement portraits and
will turn out to be the couple's favorite shots.
To get a good mix you may want to shoot more posed positions first and
then allow them to be natural and just move together at the end of the
shoot while you snap frantically to catch as many natural snapshots as
Don't Forget The Basics Of Composition And Lighting
Of course, you want the engagement photos to be very high quality with
perfect lighting and focus. Pay attention to all basic elements of
photography and make sure you are confident shooting in the location
chosen prior to setting an appointment involving engagement photography.
This is not the time to experiment with a new camera, technique or
different lighting methods as the couple will be expecting
professional quality prints of the best engagement poses.
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