11 Poses To Request Your Wedding Photographer

Your wedding pictures live beyond the special day. They are a collection of special moments to remind you of the emotions and beauty of your wedding day. It is safe to say that wedding pictures are a long-term investment.

Given their importance, you would not want to look at your wedding poses and feel awkward or sad. Plus, bland photos are boring.

Wedding poses should tell a couple’s love story most authentically. If you are both raw and natural, then organic style may be the best choice. If you love glamour, then a high-fashion style is the most ideal.

In any case, it is good to research different poses that can transform your wedding pictures and give you the desired outcome. We receive such requests all the time and are happy to oblige! Here are our 11 best poses to request your wedding photographer.

 

11 best poses to request your wedding photographer

  1. Classical pose

Here, the bride and groom face each other and smile without saying a word. The aim is to recreate your first encounter.

  1. The V pose

This is like the classical pose. The difference is that the couple leans in at the waist or hip to form a V.

  1. Forehead kiss

In this pose, the groom holds the bride in an embrace and kisses her forehead very gently. It sets a romantic mood and feeling when captured on camera. It is a good warm-up pose.

  1. My first glance

Here, the photographer captures the couple’s emotions when they first glance at each other. It includes facial expressions and body language.

  1. The resting foreheads

The couple faces each other and rests their foreheads on each other. Add intimacy by closing their eyes and letting their bodies convey the love they have for each other. This pose gives a sense of peace and unity with a dash of love and warmth, without any eye contact with the camera.

  1. The lift

It is a fun pose that requires a groom with a bit of muscle. Here, the groom lifts the bride and supports her with his hands. The couple should look into each other’s eyes and smile.

The photographer should capture the bride’s giggles and the groom’s facial expressions. It’ll make for some fun memories!

  1. The dip

This is another athletic pose. Have the groom dip the bride backward while maintaining eye contact. Their faces should be close to each other.

  1. The ring closeup

Have the photographer take a close shot of the couple’s hands as they display their wedding bands.

  1. Eskimo kiss

This is a light-hearted pose. The couple faces each other and leans their heads in until their noses touch each other ever so gently. Make it intimate by closing the eyes.

  1. Stacking

This is a popular outdoor pose. The groom stands behind the bride and holds her while they look at the distance.

  1. Taking a stroll

This is suitable for any environment. The couple walks away from the camera while holding hands. Have them glance at each other as if they are having a conversation. It is a beautiful way to capture the back of the bride’s dress.

Switch it up and have the couple walk towards the camera.

Extra tips for your wedding photoshoot:

  • Spend some time with the photographer so that you can warm up to each other. It helps couples relax and allows the photographer to see them in their natural element.
  • Be yourself.
  • Have fun with each other. Do not be afraid to touch, embrace, kiss, or hold each other.
  • Do not let the stress of the wedding ceremony show in your face during the actual photoshoot. You may not have a chance at a do-over.
  • Choose poses that speak to you and your partner. Not every pose is necessary.
  • Keep your back straight, relax your shoulders, and try not to slouch.

 

Your wedding pictures are long-term investments and are captured once. Practice these poses at home to see which one fits you both. Remember, your pictures should communicate your love story in the most authentic form. So, do not be afraid to experiment. Most importantly, relax and have fun!

 

Six Things To Consider When Picking A Wedding Photographer

Picking the best photographer is a major decision that a couple must make for their wedding. If you think about it, the wedding photographs (other than the rings and your spouse) are lasting memories of your special day. Great wedding photos (and videos) help you relive that moment and perceive the beautiful moments.

A good photographer will help you capture all the special moments of your wedding. Choose the wrong photographer and you may not even have any worthwhile photos of your special day.
Consider the following 6 things when picking a wedding photographer: wedding style/vision, skill, creativity, professionalism, personality, and your budget. Once you have picked your photographer, you can use your engagement shoot as a practice run to see how the s/he performs.

 

1. Your wedding style/vision

Every wedding has a unique style that fits the personality of the bride and the groom. Pick a photographer whose style matches your vision. For instance, if you prefer edgy photos, you would be best placed with a photographer who’s proficient in that style. Or if you are aiming for a whimsical, romantic feel you should look for a photographer whose portfolio matches that ideal.
Requesting a shoot in a particular style which is remarkably different from the photographer’s portfolio would cause both of you lots of unhappiness. This is because neither you nor the photographer will achieve the desired outcome.

Start by identifying your vision and then select 2-3 photographers whose photography styles match with yours.

2. Skill

Look for a photographer who is proficient and is well-recommended by peers. Evaluate proficiency by finding out how long the photographer has been in business, whether full-time or on weekends, and experience in wedding photography. Have a look at one or two full wedding galleries to have a comprehensive view of their skill and photography style.

Ensure that the person you speak to at the studio will be your actual photographer. You may find that the person you met with was the studio manager and that the photographer assigned to your wedding is an associate whom you’ve never met.

 

3. Creativity

Each photographer has a unique way of telling a story with a camera. It is important to know how they tell their stories because it will influence how your wedding story is captured.
Photographers also have unique styles of shooting, compositing, and editing photos. Look for emotional connection and honesty with their work. Also, find out how they shoot their photographs. Do they give direction? Do they need lots of posing, or do they prefer candid imagery?

Before you book their services, ensure that you view each photographer’s portfolio to determine if their styles of shooting and editing match your vision for wedding photos.

4. Professionalism

A good photographer should be concerned about delivering quality wedding photos rather than selling a package. They should keep time and meet deadlines. Also, their appearance should increase your confidence in the quality of their work.

Check online reviews of your preferred photographers and ask your networks for any feedback they may have.

5. Personality

Once you have decided on the 2-3 photographers whose style you like, you need to schedule a meeting (physical or online) with them. Engage with them and note down:

  • How you got on with the photographer
  • How comfortable you felt
  • Mutually aligned goals

Look for a photographer that is friendly and will bring fun and excitement to your wedding. This is because you will spend quite a lot of time with him/her on your wedding day.

6. Budget

Most couples set aside a budgeted amount for photography. The amount depends on the wedding budget and the cost of wedding photography services. Usually, photography costs about 10% to 15% of the wedding budget. The allocation could be more or less depending on the couple’s priority.
Photography costs vary by the level of photography experience, the duration of the service (evening or whole day), and any additional products. If the photographer offers products as part of the wedding package, ask for samples. Also, get clarity on:

  • Format of the photos – via an online link or USB
  • Number of edited photos
  • Access to the e-gallery
  • Number of print photos
  • Limit on the film they use

Choosing a photographer is one of the most important decisions you will make for your wedding. You must pick well because weddings cannot be redone, and the memories captured in the photos remain forever.

Before you book that wedding photographer, ensure that you have considered their skill, creativity, professionalism, personality, budget, and their alignment with your wedding style/vision. Once you agree on the way forward, write a contract that stipulates all the services, products, photo permissions, and timelines for their services.