You finally found the right photographer to capture your special day, but now the thought of stepping in front of the camera has your stomach in knots. You’re not alone! Many couples worry about how their wedding photos will turn out and whether they’ll appear natural.
Since you’ll be looking back on your wedding album for years to come, of course you want it to be filled with images you’re in love with. To make sure you look and feel great in your portraits, we’ve put together some tips on how to pose for wedding photos, mistakes to avoid, and wedding picture poses to inspire you.
Let’s face it: Most of us don’t have perfectly symmetrical faces or bodies. Chances are you have one side that tends to photograph better than the other. You may already know which side you consider your best, but if not, recruit a friend to help you figure it out.
Snap a few test shots to see which side you feel is most flattering, then communicate this preference to your photographer to help you feel more confident in your photos.
Many people have a tendency to stiffen up when taking photos, especially if they’re nervous. If you focus too hard on creating a specific pose, it could end up looking forced and unnatural.
To make sure you’re getting the most flattering shots, make it a point to relax your face and body. If you’re trying to recreate a certain pose, don’t focus too much on replicating it exactly and instead do what feels most natural, as this energy will translate into the final photo.
You might be surprised at just how much your posture affects the look of your wedding photos. Not only that, but standing up straight and tall is an excellent confidence booster.
Make a mental note to correct your posture when possible. Keep your shoulders back, your chest forward, and your neck straight. However, be careful not to take it too far or you may end up looking stiff in your images.
For shots that involve movement, like walking together while holding hands, make an effort to slow your pace and interact with your partner.
It might feel strange if it seems like you’re moving in slow motion, but that’s exactly what your photographer needs! Taking your time gives them more opportunities to capture shots and also reduces blurriness in the final product.
When it comes to looking natural in photos, angles are your best friend! Rather than standing side by side with your partner, angle your bodies slightly toward each other. You can also incorporate angles by bending a leg or an arm while posing. This can help loosen your frame and prevent you from looking too stiff.
If you’re camera shy or worried about looking unnatural while posing, try incorporating props into your wedding portraits. This can be a fun way to shift some of the attention off yourself. Depending on your wedding theme and personal preference, you might include:
Since props give you something else to focus on, you’ll be less likely to overthink your posing and less self-conscious about how you look.
Generally, practicing poses ahead of time isn’t necessary since a professional photographer will be able to direct you to get the most flattering and natural-looking shots. While it can feel tempting to practice ahead of time, this can lead to photos that look forced.
Similarly, while preparing a list of shots you want is a great idea, you shouldn’t focus too much on recreating those specific images exactly.
At the end of the day, your wedding photos should show off your personalities and unique chemistry as a couple. If a certain pose feels awkward or unnatural, feel free to skip over it! Rather than forcing photos that just aren’t you, pose in whatever way feels most comfortable.
It’s important to trust your photographer’s expertise on how to pose for wedding photos, but don’t be afraid to communicate if you’re uncomfortable or just not feeling a certain pose.
This is why it’s a good idea to make sure your personalities gel before hiring a photographer. A consultation is a great opportunity to get to know a potential photographer and discuss any concerns you may have. Be sure to put together a list of questions to ask your photographer before meeting with them.
Team-Z Tip: Book an engagement session with your photographer before the wedding. This gives you a chance to get more comfortable in front of the camera. Plus, you’ll get a glimpse of their shooting style and personality before the big day!
Now that you know how to pose for wedding photos, what should you avoid? These are some common mistakes couples make in their wedding picture poses:
For many couples, taking wedding portraits can be a nerve-wracking experience. You might worry about your appearance or think you’ll look unnatural. To help ease your mind, we’ve compiled a list of natural wedding picture poses for you to try.
If you’re doing a first look before the ceremony, photographing it is an absolute must! Rather than posing for a specific shot, just focus on savoring the moment with your partner. Letting things naturally unfold will create a more memorable photo.
Luckily, this isn’t a photo you need to plan ahead of time! Photographers often have tricks up their sleeves to get you and your partner laughing naturally. These candid moments make for truly unique shots that can’t be replicated.
This pose is exactly what it sounds like—lean in for a kiss and let your photographer work their magic! This is a great pose for a close-up photo that shows off your hair and makeup.
This sweet wedding portrait is one we can’t resist mentioning! A soft kiss on the temple is the perfect way to showcase your love—and it can also be a great opportunity for your photographer to get a shot of your bridal bouquet.
Show off your wedding dress and bring it to life with a twirl. This is one of those fun wedding picture poses that will have you looking and feeling like a princess! It’s especially magical when captured in an outdoor setting like a field or forest.
Moving shots are often the best way to capture the natural chemistry between you and your partner. The photographer will likely instruct you to walk together and talk as if they’re not even there. For a stunning final result, take your time and move slowly. The goal is to give your photographer plenty of time to capture all the right shots!
If you’re not really into public displays of affection, you’ll love this wedding pose idea! Simply use your bouquet (or another prop) to hide your kiss from the view of the camera. This is another great pose for showing off those seasonal wedding flowers.
Celebrate with your bouquet in the air after becoming newlyweds. This pose can take on many different forms and can be more playful or serious depending on how it’s captured.
This pose is the perfect opportunity to showcase an outdoor venue. Stand in front of your wedding altar and exchange a simple forehead kiss.
If you choose to wear a veil, don’t let that photo opportunity go to waste! Even if it’s not a windy day, you can still recreate this pose. Simply recruit a friend to lift and drop the veil while the photographer snaps the photo.
This isn’t among typical wedding poses for couples, but we just had to mention it! If you have a pet that you consider a family member, incorporating them into your wedding portraits can be a special touch.
For a simple yet sweet photo, stand side by side while embracing your spouse. To avoid looking stiff, angle your bodies toward each other and touch faces for an even more intimate pose.
The basic forehead touch is a must-have photo for every couple. It’s a beautiful way to show off your chemistry and can also be an opportunity to subtly display your ring or manicure.
Incorporating lots of movement into your wedding portrait poses is a fun way to breathe some life into your images. If you and your partner are comfortable with it, dance like there’s not even a photographer there. It might feel awkward at first, but the photos captured will be so worth it!
If you’re a couple that isn’t too fond of PDA, this one’s for you! Holding hands while facing each other or the photographer is a simple yet surprisingly intimate pose.
Similar to the temple kiss, this sentimental pose is a must-have for any wedding album. It can also double as an avenue for capturing details in a hairpiece or bouquet.
Documenting the prep before the ceremony, like getting ready, can really tell a story in your wedding album. If your photographer is up for it, ask if they’ll arrive early to capture these special moments.
This is another one that might feel a little awkward at first, but it almost always results in a beautiful candid shot. Whisper something sweet, silly, or even spicy in your partner’s ear and let your photographer capture their reaction.
Need we say more? You can get creative with this pose and take it a million different directions depending on your style, whether it’s walking together, embracing, or even dancing together.
This is one of our all-time favorite wedding photography poses for couples. Standing together, look into the camera while your partner gazes at you admiringly. Then switch roles.
If you’re a couple that doesn’t feel comfortable sharing super intimate kisses on camera, opt for playful kisses instead! This could mean a simple kiss on the cheek or even a peck on the nose.
Show off your makeup, hairpiece, and flowers all in one pose. Hold your bouquet at waist-level and look down as if you’re admiring it. You can smile or take on a more serious expression—whatever feels most natural to you.
This getting ready shot is a subtle way to show off a boutonniere. If you’re not wearing a boutonniere, you could also adjust your tie, watch, or another focal point of your attire.
When it comes to wedding day photo poses, most will involve interacting with your partner on some level. For a unique and elegant photograph, switch it up and stand back-to-back. This shot looks especially great when it’s zoomed out to showcase the venue.
If you ever attended prom, you’re probably already familiar with this pose! One partner stands behind the other and embraces them around the waist or shoulders.
This is a classic, romantic shot that almost always looks stunning! Have your partner spin you around and then tip you back for a peck on the lips. Full-body shots like these are perfect for showing off your wedding attire.
If the dip and kiss isn’t really your thing—or you just don’t want to risk falling on the floor!—skip that part and just do the spin instead.
Hop on your partner’s back for a short piggyback ride! If you’re kids at heart, this is one of the best candid wedding couple poses to try. Plus, it’ll add the perfect playful touch to your wedding gallery.
If you’re wearing a veil on your wedding day, this is a pose you won’t want to miss out on! Drape the veil over both of your heads and share a kiss. Or, for something equally as intimate, stare longingly into each other’s eyes.
Your wedding gallery just wouldn’t be complete without showing off your new rings! An easy way to achieve this is by placing your hand on the back of your partner’s neck or holding their cheek while locking eyes.
If you’re unsure about how to pose for wedding photos, stepping in front of the camera can be a nerve-wracking experience. You can boost your confidence by communicating with your photographer, avoiding common posing mistakes, and preparing a photo shot list ahead of time.
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