Posing Guide: 21 Sample Poses to Get You Started with Photographing Weddings - Digital Photography School

Posing Guide: 21 Sample Poses to Get You Started with Photographing Weddings

Previously in this posing guide series we took a look to posing women, posing men, posing children, posing couples and posing groups of people. In this article let’s address a popular photographic event – wedding.

I would like to state from the very beginning, that weddings in general are a major commercial industry to many professional photographers. Shooting wedding photography professionally is a much, much bigger topic than just 21 sample poses. The aim of this article is only to provide you with some initial guidance and ideas to take some nice bride and groom pictures.

1. The wedding veil is a superb accessory for a bride’s close-up portrait. You may want to use manual zoom to focus on the eyes, otherwise the auto mode will focus on the veil’s texture.

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2. A very good opportunity for a great picture is photographing the bride or both newlyweds in the wedding car.

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3. The romantic and passionate kiss is another must-have shot from the event. Definitely try to capture both faces including the eyes. Without that you will probably produce a dull shot.

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4. Very easy and kind pose. The newlyweds simply and naturally embrace while bringing their cheeks together. Take care that the bridal bouquet is nicely placed and turned towards the camera.

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5. Another beautiful pose with the groom embracing the bride from the back. The newlyweds may look romantically at each other or straight to the camera. Or they might kiss for an even more affectionate pose.

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6. Just a slight variation of the previous ones, keep the newlyweds close together, but find a way to get a shot from an elevated angle.

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7. In weddings you can’t really go wrong by asking the newly weds to kiss for a shot whenever there is an appropriate moment. They won’t complain anyway!

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8. If possible, arrange an outdoor shot, take some pictures of the couple from a distance and use some open space in a background.

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9. Absolutely easy and a bit more formal pose, creates a calm and intimate mood.

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10. The groom holding the bride in arms, easy to pose, however be careful choosing the right shooting angle – both faces should be visible.

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11. A pose with the groom holding the bride works not only from a distance, but makes a very nice pose for a close-up as well.

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12. Certainly a staged pose – the bride falling into the groom’s hands. But if the newly weds are responsive, poses like that could work out extremely well.

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13. Weddings don’t need to be and sometimes really aren’t at all that serious. Don’t be afraid to make some fun, ask the newly weds to loose their shoes and just run around a bit and snap some frames.

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14. Never forget that there often are good opportunities shooting from the back.

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15. A fun pose with the newlyweds kissing passionately. Pay attention to the wedding dress: It shall look free-falling and natural, as opposed to stuck and creased under the groom’s leg.

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16. A gorgeous pose for a bride’s portrait. The bride should sit on the ground (or a very low stool) with the wedding dress nicely arranged around her. Shoot from above with the bride looking slightly upwards.

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17. Fun and simple pose, the newlyweds clinking champagne glasses. For a more creative shot you could get real close and focus on the glasses, leaving the portraits blurred.

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18. Another creative way to play with a shallow depth of field. Use the widest possible aperture and keep the groom in a distance from the bride. Focus on the bride, leaving him slightly out of focus.

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19. The newlyweds dancing is just another must-have shot. Take pictures with the bride and groom facing towards the camera, making both faces clearly visible. They may look to the camera or at each other.

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20. For some creative results, don’t concentrate only on bride and groom. There are many interesting corresponding objects to shoot, and these photos especially will make the event’s photo album far more engaging. Thus, take separate shots with single objects. Examples are the wedding bouquet, jewelery, clothing details, champagne glasses, wedding rings, wedding car elements etc.

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21. The final point isn’t about posing proper, rather just an idea for a post production. Most probably you will have a bunch of photos from the event, so use them to make a small collage (or several ones). Pick only some objects or crops from other pictures and combine them into a balanced composition. Use some unified filter effects or simply convert them to black-and-white in order to achieve outstanding results. Such collages indeed are pure pleasure to an eye!

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And furthermore take a look also at the other articles in posing series, particularly posing couples. Many of those couple poses can be used perfectly for bride and groom. And, of course, take a look to articles on posing female subjects and posing men. You may find there some appropriate poses for individual portraits.

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Kaspars Grinvalds is a photographer working and living in Riga, Latvia. He is the author of Posing App where more poses and tips about people photography are available.

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  • http://fsphotographystudio.com Ronnie

    Ahh this is wonderful advice. Im going to shoot a wedding this Saturday. thanks!

  • Mei Teng

    Great set of posing tips.

  • http://www.vaughnbarry.com/ Barrie Wedding Photographer

    Great posing guide, simple and easy to follow! Thank you so much :)

  • http://dewandemmer.com Dewan Demmer

    I had a quick look and found a few of these that I want to try. Its interesting how a simple pose can be changed move changing focus.
    The great thing with a pose is you can repeat the same pose in diferent environments and get a completely unique shot, so great little list of poses.

    Here are 3 other poses and 3 unique settings just to show how it all comes together to create something unique
    http://www.dewandemmer.com/preview-eloise-hein-holtons-wedding-makiti-muldersdrift/

  • http://dewandemmer.com Dewan Demmer

    I had a quick look and found a few of these that I want to try. Its interesting how a simple pose can be changed move changing focus.
    The great thing with a pose is you can repeat the same pose in diferent environments and get a completely unique shot, so great little list of poses.

  • http://capturedessencephotography-gabrielle.blogspot.com/ Gabrielle C.

    I think this (and the other posing guides) would be a lovely book! So I can take it with me where ever I go! :)

  • http://energizeyourphotography.blogspot.com EnergizedAV

    Great tips. I’ve done weddings on video since before the “camcorder” and have had the best results when working together with the photographers. I’m looking forward to photographing them as well starting this year.
    Thanks for you work with these posts.

  • http://www.kerstenbeck.com Erik Kerstenbeck

    Hi

    Here are a few shots for an After Wedding Trash The Dress for those inclined to get wet and dirty!

    http://kerstenbeckphotoart.wordpress.com/2011/09/06/trash-the-dress-a-surprise-engagement/

  • http://Derons.blogspot.com Deron

    I can recommend microsoft’s autocollage.

    Very simple to use. In fact today I finally bought it and did a collage based on a wedding I did a couple of months ago.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/9945386@N06/7493913578/lightbox/

  • Juan

    Hello. Your posing guides are so useful. Thanks a lot.

  • ccting

    Super great, wow… i did not notice when this super great article out..

  • vernesia

    Thanks for the tips – I work at a photography studio and the tips i see here have helped me alot. I was ‘shotgun trained, and this has helped me alot with my work

    Thanks

  • http://marcusdavisphotography.blogspot.com Marcus Davis

    Great article. I was hoping you would post something for weddings! Thank you.

  • http://activityphoto.com Wayne H

    These posing suggestions are great, the whole series. But where can they be downloaded maybe as a pdf file? Currently I have saved the URLs on my tablet, bit an actual file would be so much better.

    BTW great job.

  • http://no G.R. Murugan

    I never know for all these type posing guide in my 20 years photography life thanks a lot because Indians especially south Indian not aware of these poses i don’t know whether they like it ere after i will try all in these in IT people once again thanks a lot
    G.R. Murugan Chennai Tamil Nadu India

  • http://photobyrosenhoff.blogspot.com Charlotte

    This is perfect! Thanks!

  • http://ejocurionline.zxq.net/ Leanne Loll

    This webpage was put into my favorites. I can not wait to learn even more about this subject.

  • John Nuttall

    Shoot photos at a family wedding this really helped.
    I used about 40% of the poses. Couple loved the results.

  • http://nigels-photography.co.uk nige

    They are standard photo’s to every wedding.
    But Your posing guides are so useful. Thanks a lot.

    nigels-photography.co.uk

  • paulo marcelino

    very good ! wonderful

  • http://markisenhamburg.wordpress.com/ Markisen Hamburg

    Greetings, how’s it going? I hope you are doing well. I wanted to say that I like Posing Guide: 21 Sample Poses to Get You Started with Photographing Weddings.

  • Jeremy

    Thank you so much, these advises certainly give a good head start for portraits photography. It’s more than just setting the camera right, but subjects are important too …

  • Dunya Photografy

    So nice poses i liked thx alot

  • Nora

    Wow, Thanks so much great material!!! This will Help so much!!! Thanks for sharing with the world!

  • https://www.facebook.com/pages/CJ-Zamarron-Photography/361031896665 C.J.

    Thanks so much for this list! Loved the illustrations, too :) I’m shooting a wedding in August and was looking for some new poses. Appreciate it!

  • Kamal

    so nice poses … it’s very helpful … thanks..

  • http://www.jonathanv.com Jonathan

    This is awesome. I bought the iPhone app!

  • kabkeo

    It’s very useful for us

  • Nate Cochrane

    Missing the most important image – slipping the ring on the finger. People get sued for not getting that shot. And what about signing the registry and the group shot?

  • Kathy

    I am extremely new to this with limited equipment – Canon 650D, 50mm lense, 18-250mm lense and a tripod. Which lenses would be best for photographing children and adults
    as per the tips above.

  • Josh dV

    50 mm lens would be the best. Put it in Aperture Mode or Manual Mode and control your f-stops to sharpen in on the eyes (select your points of focus to the eyes if you’re using a tripod) and blur the background. Snap away, but remember that if you have a low f number, then you’ll want to check what is actually in focus. If in doubt about what is sharp, wind it back to around f8/f11 which will give you sharpness but will also widen your range in-focus, immediately losing the power of the shot.
    Remember: practice makes perfect.

  • Choo Chiaw Ting

    I don’t know what is the main point for this article as many DPS forum writers advice the novince not the take up wedding photography, but this article is posted on DPS for novince to learn the wedding posing.. ;}

  • disgusted

    The main point is that if you’re not a novice looking to understand poses, you probably shouldn’t be on this page. Go elsewhere for your discouraging and negative commentary.

  • http://www.digitalphotomentor.com/ Darlene Hildebrandt

    Choo – please keep a few things in mind.

    #1 – writers in the forum have nothing to do with that is on the site. Forum writers do not write for or represent dPS.

    #2 While that point may be true, the fact is that many novice photographers WILL do a wedding now and then despite advice against it. So we provide help for them.

  • Troy Schmidt

    Great guide, but the author should’ve used spell check before posting.

  • manicdee

    Many photographers who aren’t doing professional wedding photography will be attending weddings of friends and family. If they can get some camera time with the couple, these posing guides will be very useful.

    There’s “Wedding Photography” and then there’s “photography at weddings.”

    The consistent advice from professional photographers is for novices to steer clear of wedding photography until they are comfortable with professional photography as a business, can wrangle contracts, and have enough experience as a wedding photographer’s assistant to take on the task themselves.

    So arm yourself with this posing guide, get some friends to help you practise. Maybe you have some friends getting married who will let you practise your photography while they practise their wedding performance. Some people will hire models to do a fake wedding, or maybe they have some friends who are models who would love some photos for their portfolio.

    You have to start photographing couples at some point in time, so get these tried-and-tested poses rehearsed long before you start doing it “for real”.

  • Ojay

    How do I get sharp pictures with blurred backgrounds using my Nikon D5300 18-55mm lens?

Some older comments

  • Jonathan

    September 15, 2013 03:57 pm

    This is awesome. I bought the iPhone app!

  • Kamal

    August 8, 2013 04:02 am

    so nice poses ... it's very helpful ... thanks..

  • C.J.

    July 10, 2013 08:47 am

    Thanks so much for this list! Loved the illustrations, too :) I'm shooting a wedding in August and was looking for some new poses. Appreciate it!

  • Nora

    June 27, 2013 01:22 pm

    Wow, Thanks so much great material!!! This will Help so much!!! Thanks for sharing with the world!

  • Dunya Photografy

    June 19, 2013 03:11 pm

    So nice poses i liked thx alot

  • Jeremy

    June 3, 2013 12:50 pm

    Thank you so much, these advises certainly give a good head start for portraits photography. It's more than just setting the camera right, but subjects are important too ...

  • Markisen Hamburg

    May 17, 2013 05:20 am

    Greetings, how's it going? I hope you are doing well. I wanted to say that I like Posing Guide: 21 Sample Poses to Get You Started with Photographing Weddings.

  • paulo marcelino

    March 13, 2013 07:46 am

    very good ! wonderful

  • nige

    January 5, 2013 09:23 pm

    They are standard photo's to every wedding.
    But Your posing guides are so useful. Thanks a lot.

    nigels-photography.co.uk

  • John Nuttall

    December 26, 2012 06:57 am

    Shoot photos at a family wedding this really helped.
    I used about 40% of the poses. Couple loved the results.

  • Leanne Loll

    November 3, 2012 07:55 pm

    This webpage was put into my favorites. I can not wait to learn even more about this subject.

  • Charlotte

    October 6, 2012 08:39 am

    This is perfect! Thanks!

  • G.R. Murugan

    September 7, 2012 12:36 pm

    I never know for all these type posing guide in my 20 years photography life thanks a lot because Indians especially south Indian not aware of these poses i don't know whether they like it ere after i will try all in these in IT people once again thanks a lot
    G.R. Murugan Chennai Tamil Nadu India

  • Wayne H

    July 7, 2012 08:51 pm

    These posing suggestions are great, the whole series. But where can they be downloaded maybe as a pdf file? Currently I have saved the URLs on my tablet, bit an actual file would be so much better.

    BTW great job.

  • Marcus Davis

    July 6, 2012 12:16 pm

    Great article. I was hoping you would post something for weddings! Thank you.

  • vernesia

    July 6, 2012 01:47 am

    Thanks for the tips - I work at a photography studio and the tips i see here have helped me alot. I was 'shotgun trained, and this has helped me alot with my work

    Thanks

  • ccting

    July 5, 2012 09:41 pm

    Super great, wow... i did not notice when this super great article out..

  • Juan

    July 4, 2012 07:19 am

    Hello. Your posing guides are so useful. Thanks a lot.

  • Deron

    July 4, 2012 01:55 am

    I can recommend microsoft's autocollage.

    Very simple to use. In fact today I finally bought it and did a collage based on a wedding I did a couple of months ago.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/9945386@N06/7493913578/lightbox/

  • Erik Kerstenbeck

    June 30, 2012 03:32 am

    Hi

    Here are a few shots for an After Wedding Trash The Dress for those inclined to get wet and dirty!

    http://kerstenbeckphotoart.wordpress.com/2011/09/06/trash-the-dress-a-surprise-engagement/

  • EnergizedAV

    June 30, 2012 12:13 am

    Great tips. I've done weddings on video since before the "camcorder" and have had the best results when working together with the photographers. I'm looking forward to photographing them as well starting this year.
    Thanks for you work with these posts.

  • Gabrielle C.

    June 29, 2012 11:53 pm

    I think this (and the other posing guides) would be a lovely book! So I can take it with me where ever I go! :)

  • Dewan Demmer

    June 29, 2012 06:01 pm

    I had a quick look and found a few of these that I want to try. Its interesting how a simple pose can be changed move changing focus.
    The great thing with a pose is you can repeat the same pose in diferent environments and get a completely unique shot, so great little list of poses.

  • Dewan Demmer

    June 29, 2012 06:00 pm

    I had a quick look and found a few of these that I want to try. Its interesting how a simple pose can be changed move changing focus.
    The great thing with a pose is you can repeat the same pose in diferent environments and get a completely unique shot, so great little list of poses.

    Here are 3 other poses and 3 unique settings just to show how it all comes together to create something unique
    http://www.dewandemmer.com/preview-eloise-hein-holtons-wedding-makiti-muldersdrift/

  • Barrie Wedding Photographer

    June 29, 2012 10:30 am

    Great posing guide, simple and easy to follow! Thank you so much :)

  • Mei Teng

    June 29, 2012 10:14 am

    Great set of posing tips.

  • Ronnie

    June 29, 2012 09:39 am

    Ahh this is wonderful advice. Im going to shoot a wedding this Saturday. thanks!

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