June 8, 2020 at 7:13 pm #51198
In couple of weeks I’m going to be doing my first engagement shoot with a sweet couple I know – who are also long time friends. They are doing a ‘hands off engagement’, so I’m on the hunt for wholesome posing ideas. I’ve already gotten a few off the Pro Posing Database (so appreciate that!), but was wondering if you folks have any other ideas that you haven’t submitted to the database. 🙂 Any tips for helping it run as smoothly as possible are welcome, too!
Also, what time frame would you normally allow for an engagement session? 45mins?June 10, 2020 at 1:46 pm #51211
I am really sorry, @creative-click-photography, I really don’t have any new tips for you without diving into a lot of research. 🙁 I just don’t have much experience with engagement photoshoots! I’m going to send this question to a friend of mine, though, who does do a lot of engagement photography but isn’t here on the forums, so hope to post her reply here if she replies!June 15, 2020 at 9:48 am #51250
Mary got back with me! She had some EXCELLENT thoughts. Here’s what she said
So my thoughts for “no-contact” poses would be to make sure the couples look connected without touch. Ways to do this would be through visual stacking, environmental interaction and body language. Let me explain further:
Visual Tricks – one way to have the couple look more connected is to close the gap between them. How do you do this without contact? I would say through visual stacking. Have the groom stand slightly behind the bride. Through the camera lens the couple will look connected without any contact. Just be careful as you will need a larger depth of field if their faces are not on the same plane.
Environment – Have the couple strategically interact with their environment. Have them interact with the same object. It will give them something to do with their hands and can help them look more connected. [Use a]…piano, a handrail, a column… Other ideas would be a fence, or leaning against a tree.
The third tip would be to have their body language portray the connection between them. Look at each-other, laughing together, tilting their foreheads towards each-other, tilting their shoulders towards the other person, there’s lots of ways to display connection other than contact. Hope those help!June 16, 2020 at 12:05 am #51301
Thankyou so much for sharing these tips from Mary, @jamesstaddon! I’ll definitely keep these tips in mind. 🙂 The photoshoot is next weekend (as long as this winter weather isn’t too wild), so hopefully we’ll end up with some nice shots!June 16, 2020 at 12:23 am #51302
I also contacted someone that I ‘know’ in regards to taking engagement pictures and thought I’d share the tips she shared with me in the hopes that they’ll also be of help to others. 🙂
try to create visual connection in pictures (making two people look connected) even though they aren’t touching each other. Just ask the couple you’re working with what they are comfortable with so you are all on the same page at the beginning. 🙂
A couple small tips:
– Try to find a place where you can look down on the couple (having them look up to the camera) for a pose
– Get the couple in position, and take a series… have them smile at the camera, then have them look at each other, then have him look at her while she looks at her ring, etc.
– Find things to pose with…benches, fences, props (I like the LOVE letters, flowers, etc)
– If the couple is not having physical contact during engagement, help them know what to do with their hands. Often the man’s hands look better in a fist position.
June 17, 2020 at 5:18 pm #51340
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