A couple’s portrait is an opportunity for you to capture the relationship between two people. You can create an image that represents their joy, romance and unique bonds. It is a special and important opportunity, particularly for engagement sessions and portraits on the wedding day. While creating a stunning image can be quite rewarding, it also provides several challenges.
In couple’s portraits, not only are you required to flatter two subjects at the same time but expression, body language and connection between the subjects becomes essential. Often you must make a variety of different shots, poses and expressions in a very short period of time, and while working under pressure!
For subjects not used to being in front of the camera, you’ll need to work to create visual flow to your pose and avoid static results that are common in many couples poses. In this video I’ll not only cover my favorite tips for successful couples portraits, but also common problems that arise and how to fix them. Uneven height couples? Lack of connection? Unwanted double chins? I’ve got solutions!
Furthermore, I’ll show you my approach to coming up with endless variation in shots so you never feel uninspired especially when time is working against you! Come up with dozens of different images with minimal adjustments!
5 guidelines for successful couples posing
- For romance: Create multiple points of interaction
- Tilt the heads, close the space
- Go asymmetrical; avoid mirrored poses
- Equal Proportions
- “Making the Rounds” for posing flow and variety
If you’d like more tips on posing be sure to check out my upcoming book (available February 2017) – The Photographer’s Guide to Posing which is available now for pre-order.
Note: These images are for illustrative purposes, they aren’t finished or “polished”. They are mean’t to illustrate the resulting pose.