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Wedding Portraits: A posing guide

Not a fan of having your photo taken? Think you're not photogenic, awkward in front of the camera, and worried about how your portraits are going to turn out?

Kent wedding photography, The Orangery, Maidstone
Wedding Portrait Session; The Orangery, Maidstone.

Your wedding day is one of the happiest days of your life, it's a day filled with joy and celebration. It's natural to be a little anxious and overwhelmed with the thought of posing for photos, but it's important to remember that it's only one part of the day and when it comes to it, for most people; it's the last thing on your mind.

Through all of the nerves and excitement of the day, one carefully planned part of the itinerary to the next, this really is the first time together you have where you can relax and enjoy each alone.

Having a couples portrait session is one of the few times during the day that you get to spend quality time together, and it’s a chance to create something beautiful and unique. If you're nervous about how to pose, don't worry – we'll pick locations that are aesthetically pleasing, stand you in a position that works for the camera and then leave you to interact with each other. You'll hardly notice we're there and you'll be surprised at how natural it feels and how beautiful the results can be.

And that really is it for the majority of people, trust us. We've seen it over and over again. But for the remaining few that's not convinced here some tips to bear in mind for your portraits.

# 1 - Communicate with your photographer

Before the photo session, usually you will have a pre-wedding meeting, communicate with your photographer about your preferences, what you like, and what you don't like. This way, they will have a better understanding of your expectations and can adjust their approach to suit your needs.

# 2 - Consider an pre-wedding shoot

Think of it like a rehearsal. It's quite common to have a ceremony rehearsal so why not with your photos? During the session, try different poses to see which one looks best for you, find your best angle and posture, which can help to make you feel more confident and relaxed on the day. This way if there's any positions that you don't particularly like; you'll remember on the day not to stand in that position.

# 3 - Focus on your partner

Try to relax and enjoy the moment by focusing on your partner. Talk to each other, smile, and hold hands or embrace. Remember, you're both in this together, and enjoying the moment can help create beautiful, natural-looking portraits.

# 4 - Be mindful of body language

Pay attention to your body language, stand tall and relax your shoulders. Try to keep your body open towards the camera, which can help you look more confident and poised.

# 5 - Don't be afraid to experiment

Wedding portraits are all about capturing the love and happiness of your big day, so don't be afraid to experiment with poses and different emotions. Try laughing, kissing, or just being playful with your partner, as this can create a more intimate and natural-looking portrait.

# 6 - Relax!

I know easier said than done, right? To relax and enjoy the moment, try to focus on the present and forget about any worries or concerns you may have. Take deep breaths, smile, and remember why you are here – to celebrate your love and commitment to each other. Trust your photographer to capture your best moments and have fun with it!

But our final and best advise, really; just don't worry about how to pose on your wedding day. Trust that the photographer will be able to capture the beauty and joy of your special day. You'll have plenty of time to interact with your partner and create something truly special. So, relax and enjoy – it's one of the best days of your life that will be filled with joy and love. It's our job to capture that ;)


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