The Wedding Photographer’s Guide to Posing

The Wedding Photographer’s Guide to Posing

Come on and Vogue. Let your body move to the music. Madonna said it and posed for it. Now we are here looking for ways to pose. Not all of us are models, in fact very few of us are. But that does not mean that posing has to be weird or awkward for us. Photography is happening all around us. For the most part, we know to smile and look at the camera, but what do you do when you’re taking your engagement and wedding photos? Do you look at the camera? Do you try to pose? Here’s The Wedding Photographer’s Guide to Posing.

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The Wedding Photographer’s Guide to Posing

Loving Poses

Wedding and engagements are all about the love you share with your significant other. The story of your love and who you are as a couple. Therefore, there are going to be a lot of loving-style poses. Getting close to one another. Kissing is going to happen a lot. There’s going to be lots of coming together and holding each other tight. For a lot of couples, these will not be anything new, but doing them in front of someone else can be a little intimidating. PDA is not a lot of couple’s style. But the pictures are meant to show your love, so don’t be afraid to get a little closer. No one is going to judge you, and if they do, send them our way. We’ll talk to them for you.

The poses to get ready for in the loving category are as follows.

  1. Kissing – That’s just normal in these shoots and on this day.
  2. Hugging – Another typical pose, so make sure you put on your deodorant.
  3. Holding hands – A pretty typical symbol for love that most people can do easily.
  4. Dipping – We’ve all seen it but a few don’t know how to do it. Practice at home, for sure.

The big thing you need to remember is if any of these things don’t seem like your style, be sure to let your photographer know. A good photographer wants to make you comfortable, not feeling awkward.

Fun Poses

Every now and then, you get to see poses that couples do that really blow up the social media feeds. The couple s just having fun, either with their wedding party or by themselves. You see the people laughing, maybe the groomsmen are doing something funny, or the bridesmaids have put on a funny face. Whatever the makeup of your wedding party, it’s important to make sure you have fun. The day is long and can be stressful, but the party isn’t just there to stand with you at the altar. They can help you have fun, even when posing.

Smiling is the most common pose that you will see in anyone’s album. The faces of those that celebrated their day showing off their teeth in big grinning faces. These are common, but for good reason. Smiles are what we do when we feel happy. They day is supposed to be happy. So the smile just fits. Show it off in whatever way you can, whether it be while laughing, or even just talking with your party. Let the smile come through in the pictures.

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Now here’s a fun pose

Be Yourself

The most fun that we have had in photographing couple is when they come with some ideas for poses. They can do things that we have never even thought of. They really let their personality’s show in what they do. It is our job to let your personality show in the pictures, but from we can’t know everything about you, only you and possibly your therapist can do that. So don’t be afraid to let your personality show. Give the photographer some of your favorite poses that you’ve seen. Even go off script a little bit and do what you can.

We got to take some awesome engagement photos with Afton and Caleb. One of the things that we did with them was let the personality show. They came up with a few ideas of pretending to be on the cover of a rap album. They gave us some awesome photos with that. After, we came across the Viking ship in front of US Bank stadium. Naturally, we had to take photos as if they were Vikings. We had a blast and letting them just be themselves is what gave us some of the best photos. One thing we can give to you for this Wedding photographer’s guide to posing is to be yourself.

Photographer’s Responsibility

When you get a good photographer, they will come with poses ready to go. They will give you what you need to make your photos look spectacular. Not only that, but they will make you not feel awkward. They will put you at a sense of ease. The photographer needs to get good photos, they need to make you look good. If they are making you feel awkward and putting you out of your place, they are not doing it right. With that being said, sometimes a pose can feel a little weird. Not natural. But if you’ve got a good photographer, you can trust them. They know that the pose will look great, even if in the moment, it feels a little weird.

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Here’s our photographer giving some poses

The Wedding Photographer’s Guide to Posing

You don’t have to be Madonna or a runway model to know how to pose. Really all that you need is a good photographer and the realization that the posing will only last for about a day. Don’t skimp on the photographers and don’t let your pictures be awkward. Instead, get someone you know you can trust. Check out our work. We’d love to tell your story and we have a lot of posing ideas for you.

A Funny Guide to Dances at Your Wedding

Dad and Daughter Dance

A Funny Guide to Dances at Your Wedding

The worst or best part of any wedding is the dancing. You get to know just how drunk your uncle really is. You get to see who took some dance classes at some point in their lives and those who know how to step-touch really well. There is not a lot of thought put into the dances. Some people just simply tell their DJ to play the hits. We’re here to give you some guidance based on our experience. Here’s A Funny Guide to Dances at Your Wedding.

A Funny Guide to Dances at Your Wedding

Dad and Daughter Dance
The wedding dance can be the best part of the night.

Dances with Instructions.

              The Cupid Shuffle. The Cha-Cha Slide. These songs tell us exactly what to do. Stomp Our feet. Cha Cha real smooth (Whatever that means). For those of us that are prone to poor dancing, these songs can be a lifesaver. Your cousin can show everyone just how good they are at instructions. Your aunt can add some flair by moving her hands and arms in a pattern while she follows the instructions with her feet. No one will have to look too embarrassing. On the other hand, however, those that like to impress won’t really have the chance with these songs. So if you have a family or group of friends that are good at dancing, it may be best to skip these songs.

Chicken Dance

              The chicken dance gets its own paragraph for this one. A long time ago, someone invented the accordion. Largely, this was thought to be a bad idea, with only polka people and Weird Al enjoying it. Then someone invented the Chicken Dance and we all finally understood why people were having such a good time while doing a polka. You get to link arms and fling people around. The part where you pretend to be a chicken is so much fun. Finally, the accordion had widespread appeal. There are even secret lyrics to this timeless song. Everyone has a different version of the lyrics, but mostly, the lyrics are about how bad ducks are. So if you don’t like those floating birds that eat the bread you throw for them in the water, opt to have the chicken dance in your wedding dance mix.

A Funny Guide to Dances at Your Wedding
There’s even a Wiki How page on the Chicken Dance

Country Music

              We do not condone country music. We need to get that out there first. Though Hannah is from Wisconsin and Davis is from North Dakota, two of the most country music playing states in the union, we are not the biggest fans. We don’t want to make anyone feel bad, though, for liking it. And it’s because of that why you need to include a few country songs in your wedding day mix. The cousins from out of town who each have a pickup truck will thank you. The cousins from in town with the weirdly clean pickup trucks that have never hauled anything will also enjoy the songs. Also, all the dances for country songs work perfectly with step-touches like we talked about before. These songs can be a win-win and will be a welcome break back to the bar for those that would rather not.

Slow Dances

              We get asked a lot, “How many slow dances songs should we have in our mix?” This question can be hard, because the math is getting more and more difficult for this question. You obviously want a few. That’s a given. You gotta have the one where you get everyone to leave who has been married less than 10 years and so on. That way we can all cheer for people who have been married the longest. But you also want slow dance songs for your single friends. It’s hard to talk to people while those heavy bass dance beats are going off, so the slow dance will help your single friends ask that person they’ve been talking to for a dance. You’ll definitely get invited to their wedding and that’s at least a free meal right there. So, in our opinion, the more slow dances, the better.

Overall

              Everyone will be telling you what songs to play. The important thing, too, is that you won’t always make everyone happy with each song. In the end, make sure you love the songs you’re going to play. Slow dances, rave music, country songs. Play them all if you like them. It’s all your decision, because it is your day. But if you want to remember the way your aunt moved her hands to the Chicken Dance. Or if you can’t stop laughing at your cousin who thought they could break dance, then book 2211 media to capture all of that for your memory.

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