Getting the right pose for the right couple is important for lasting wedding portraits.
Looking for ideas on how to pose a bride and groom to make pictures that will be attractive and pleasing to them? Want to ensure that you provide the bridal couple with a sufficient variety of good poses so that is difficult for them to choose the ones they like the most?
Some couples may want a traditional pose, while others look for something different, perhaps more casual and relaxed, or in a more natural setting.
Have a look at our Wedding portrait posing guides (click on the links below) in which we provide a large number of different poses of the bride alone, the groom alone and both together. You may find poses you like or that you feel will be suited to a particular couple. You may even wish to use the guides to find out from your wedding clients which poses have the strongest appeal for them before you take their pictures. Bridal couples can even refer to the guides for ideas on poses they like, or to help them in posing the way they wish to.
By referring to the smaller thumbnail images, you can select poses that you feel may be suited to the images you want to produce. Clicking on an individual thumbnail will bring up a larger version that clearly demonstrates all aspects of the pose, revealing smaller details like the positioning of hands, expressions or just the difference made by a turn of the bride’s head.
Although all the pictures in our guide were taken in a studio, they could just as easily have been taken outdoors or in an attractive indoors setting.
Most of the poses in the guides are suitable for both indoors and outdoors settings. Some may look similar to others, but when you look closely, you will see subtle differences - sometimes just a new expression (often a comical or laughing expression - and why not? Married couples should enjoy themselves, and their pictures should show it), a turn of a hand or the angle of the bride's face. We have attempted to group the poses in accordance with their major similarities to make it easier to evaluate their usefulness for your wedding portrait photography.
Our wedding photography guides are not intended to cover every possible pose, because the possibilities are endless. They are intended to stimulate creativity, so both the photographer and the wedding couple can use them as a jumping-off point that leads to their own imaginative poses and their own unique images.
Consider camera angle when posing the bride and/or groom. Sometimes a higher or lower viewpoint can make all the difference.
Your Guide to the guides
A brief description of what you will find in each guide
Guide 1. Bride with long train - standing alone
Guide 2. Bride with long train - standing alone - and with train removed
Guide 3. Bride - standing alone and in close-up
Guide 4. Bride & groom - standing together
Guide 5. Bride & groom - standing together
Guide 6. Bride & groom - standing - embracing
Guide 7. Bride alone - seated on ground - gown spread out (also joined by groom)
Guide 8. Bride & groom - mixed poses
Guide 9. Bride seated on ground, interacting with groom
Guide 10. Bride standing - groom on one knee
Guide 11. Bride & groom apart, then coming together, plus close-ups of bride with rose
Guide 12. Bride leaning against groom
Guide 13. Bride seated alone and with the groom seated on the floor
Guide 14. Bride seated - groom standing and groom seated.
Guide 15. Couple standing - backs to camera, and sideways.
Guide 16. Holding hands while standing apart - almost like dancing.
Guide 17. Bride seated. Groom seated and standing.
Guide 18. Portraits of the groom, and the bride with a single rose.