So many couples put off their engagement sessions because they’re nervous about posing. How will we stand? Should we kiss? What do I do with my hands?! The nerves are completely normal, but there’s no need to worry about engagement photo poses. That’s what your photographer is for!
Most of the time, your photographer should instruct you in how to pose for your engagement photos. Personally, I like to give my couples prompts that guide them into poses naturally. We play games, try new dance moves, and keep things moving so you’re never stuck wondering where to stand or how to hold your partner.
Still, I understand that posing for photos (especially cuddly, handsy photos) can feel awkward! That’s why I’ve compiled these helpful tips I’ve learned over my years of photographing couples. They’ll help you feel less awkward and get super flattering shots with your fiance.
Tips for Flattering Engagement Photo Poses
When you start laughing, the natural reaction is to draw your chin back into your neck. Instead, push your chin forward and lengthen your neck. You can even lean forward a little bit. This will eliminate any unflattering double-chin moments and accentuate your jawline.
Stand at an angle.
Even the most curvaceous person can look boxy straight-on. Turn your body slightly away from the camera to show off more of your figure and create a more dynamic shape.
Arch your back.
Want to really show off your ass…ets? Check out any Victoria’s Secret model’s booty pics on Instagram and you’ll notice how they arch their back. This gives you more curves above and below the belt. The experts know what they’re doing!
Cross your knees.
If you’re wearing a more fitted dress or skirt (like a mermaid cut, sheath, or body-con), crossing your legs (almost like you have to pee) accentuates your hips and creates a focal line that flows with the shape of the dress.
Photoshoots can feel foreign at first, but you can absolutely pose for your engagement photos without being stiff or formal. The best way to look natural on camera is to have fun! Get flirty, play around, make your partner laugh. The more fun you’re having, the more dynamic and candid your photos will be.
Most importantly, talk to your photographer!
If your photographer asks you to pose in a way that feels unnatural or uncomfortable, tell them! You want your photos to look like you, so be yourselves and don’t be afraid to speak up if something isn’t right.
Thank you so much for reading my top tips for engagement photo poses! I hope I helped calm your nerves and get you excited for your own session.
No matter what you wear, where you go, or how you pose, your engagement session should be fun! Let’s chat, get to know each other, and plan an engagement session you’ll love.
If you’re looking for specific engagement photo poses, visit my Pinterest board for ideas.
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