It’s certainly a challenge to think of what pose you should use on your clients later because everyone is different. Just because it works on your previous ones, doesn’t mean it’s going to work for the next ones. With wedding photography, it’s more challenging as they expect to get the same ‘oomph’ like those pictures you put on your portfolios, but they expect it to be uniquely them as well. A lot to take in, eh.
Fortunately, we have prepared 4 tips that a Dundee photographer can follow when it comes to posing couples.
Get to know them
You can think about the poses, the location, and your lenses later. First of all, please, be that photographer who personally knows the clients you are working with. That means you need to actively engage them in conversation as much as possible. Don’t make your couple feel more awkward than they already are.
The more comfortable they are around you, the easier it is to get natural expressions out of them. You can be formulating an awesome pose and have planned for the best location, but it’s all for naught if your clients can’t just get into it. Constantly keep the session engaging by making jokes, asking them common questions to break the ice and keep them relaxed.
The clients you work with are not professional models who know which side of their body looks best. Most of the time, they are pretty awkward to have couple of pictures taken officially because it’s pretty obvious why: it’s most probably their first time. A Dundee photographer has to remember that it’s part of his job to help inexperienced, awkward and shy couples look awesome and dazzling on their pictures.
So, instead of telling your couple they tilted their head the wrong way, give them encouragements: “Yes, that’s great. Could you please tilt your head a little towards your man?” This kind of words doesn’t make them feel guilty and look bad.
Get a list of pictures they want
Another great way to make sure you don’t miss a single thing is to let your clients write down things they certainly don’t want you to miss. Some couples are not sure the best way to do this, so start with group pictures. You can even print out a template and let your clients fill them! It gives them a hint on where to start and it’s also easier for you to comprehend if every client uses the same format.
Additionally, you can ask them to show you wedding pictures they really like seeing. Some brides are heavily inspired by Pinterest and Instagram. They probably want to recreate those poses, so consult with them beforehand if that’s the case. Tell them if those poses are possible to execute and the risks that may come with it.
Expressions over poses
A lot of photographers focus so much on posing, they forget that the most important part is getting the right expression. If your clients are finally settling in, it will be easier to get great shots. This is also the same way the professional Dundee photographer from Chris Scott Photography manages to get amazing shots every time.