Let’s face it, posing for couples photography can be hard and we are not super models. The tricky thing is that your body type does not matter, you could be slim and still look unflattering on photos. You definitely want to look your best for your Engagement and Wedding photos and this is where we come in. If you follow these tips you’ll be amazed at how good you’ll look resulting in Vogue worthy photos!
The most important thing to keep in mind when posing for couples photography is to create space between your body. If you have parts of your body glued together they’ll appear bigger while adjusting yourself to create space will make you look flattering. If there is only one thing you remember from these tips, let it be to create space between your body. Additionally, it’s really important that you have fun and enjoy the photoshoot, this will result in candid, natural looking photos.
When someone stands in their normal relaxed stand, or even stands up straight to have nice posture, there is a little bit of flab right underneath their chin. No matter how skinny they are, to avoid this bring your ears forward.
Elongate your neck and try not to lose your chin in the photos. By raising your chin a few degrees and twisting your head away from the camera, your skin will look smooth and your neck will appear longer. Sometimes called “turtling” because you feel like a turtle coming out of the shell. It is a bit uncomfortable but trust me friend, the results are always worth it.
When people stand naturally, another thing they do is stand with their arms flat at their sides. This causes several problems. First, it makes them look awkward and uncomfortable in the photo. Second, whenever your arm is glued to your body, the skin spreads out and makes your arm appear its biggest.
What you’ll want to do is place a soft bend in your elbow and bring it slightly away from your torso so it is “floating” and not pressed against you. This will create space between your body and your arm making it appear smaller. Alternatively, pose your hand so the arm is in a different position, such as putting your hand on the hip for women or hands in pocket for male. This is a trick that you can use during any pose, whether you’re holding on to your honey or posing solo.
If you are self-conscious about your upper arms, simply try to not put all of your weight on them when leaning against a surface. Instead, put your weight on your feet or balance on one leg while resting your foot against a wall. Put your hands on your hips or keep your arms lightly relaxed at the side of your body to make them look even slimmer.
If you have a spot that you want to hide away from the camera, lean forward and push back the area you’re self-conscious about. So for example, for a significant amount of cushion on the bum, put hands on hips and bend toward the camera a bit, making the backside appear smaller.
Be sure to keep your arms and shoulders relaxed as well, since those are typically the go-to spots for tension when you’re feeling anxious or if you’re like me, your face will start twitching uncontrollably out of nervousness. If that happens, just ask your fiancé/husband to break out some killer dance moves to distract your nerves. I promise, I won’t judge.
Leave visual space by the waist by isolating the skinny part of the torso so they look as thin as they are. By pulling your arm a little forward, you can see the space, so the waist doesn’t have anything adding visual bulk.
Try pointing your toes, bending your knees, and positioning each leg differently for a few shots. Oddly enough, if it feels awkward and unnatural, that almost always means the pose looks great in photos.
On wedding days, the veil is your best friend when you know how to use it!
You can use your beautiful veil to make your arms appear slimmer and at the same time show off the veil because after all you only get to wear it once!
You’ll want to adjust it strategically by bringing the edges of the veil so that they cover half of your arm. This visually cuts your arms in half, and shows only a sliver on camera, so you can look at the photo without being distracted by anything other than your beautiful smile!
The bellybutton is the center of our torsos, so when you are posing with your honey and glue your bellybutton to his hipbone you’re visually cutting your body in half (in a good way 😉 ).