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- Wedding photography poses tips from Sydney photographers
- Wedding photography poses on stairs, near windows and from a distance
- Wedding photography poses face-to-face and side-by-side
Wedding Photography Poses Part 1
16 April 2012
From the pages of CWS 32
Image: Mary-Jane Photography
Three Sydney wedding photographers reveal the top wedding photography poses
Wedding Photography Poses: Face-to-face
“I love face-to-face affection — I generally use this wedding photography pose when the couple already feels quite comfortable with me and comfortable enough to pretend the camera isn't there,” says Mary-Jane Szilagyi from Mary-Jane Photography. This wedding photography pose is flattering for all couples as that close-up intimacy captures not only a great shot of the bride’s makeup, but also a moment of pure happiness and love between the bride and her groom.
Wedding Photography Poses: Side-by-side
“I use this wedding photography pose when I want the bride’s and groom's faces to be visible in my photo. Every couple who does this particular wedding photography pose puts a different spin on it,” says Mary-Jane. “It is a little more 'posey' and is generally the type of photo that a couple feels comfortable using on a thank you card or a print for their parents.” This shot is one of the important ones as many wedding photography poses try and capture intimate moments where the bride and groom are uninterrupted and “in their own world”, so to speak. This is one where they are aware of the camera and their body language is open.
Wedding Photography Poses: From a distance
”Bride and groom at a distance, either holding hands or looking at each other, or simply sitting down next to one another, is a lovely wedding photography pose. I often look through other people's wedding photos and sometimes feel unusually uncomfortable because the bride and groom seem to be all over each other, so it is nice to have an image that is simple and stylish and shows how things began in friendship,” says Mary-Jane. This wedding photography pose adds a bit of balance to your wedding album — after all, every marriage is founded on a deep friendship connection. It also shows a full-length shot of the bride’s dress and the groom in his formal attire, which can often be missed in closeups or shots taken from the torso up.
Wedding Photography Poses: Away from the window
This wedding photography pose looks lovely with the bride smiling or laughing as she looks happy and natural. It captures her natural beauty and in a way doesn’t look so “posey”. Jay from Photography by Jay explains why it is flattering: “By placing your hand on your hip, it separates your arm from your body so you avoid having it looking squashed. Facing away from the window puts the front of your body in shadow, which slims your torso. Having the bride look out the window lights her face and puts a sparkle in her eye.”
Wedding Photography Poses: Stairs
A great wedding photography pose is for a bride to walk up the stairs. She doesn’t have to necessarily be walking, just taking a step up to look like she’s walking, which makes it easier to photograph. “Taking a step up spreads out your gown, showing it off. If you have a long veil, it cascades down the stairs, which looks beautiful,” says Jay. “Holding your dress with both hands keeps your arms away from your body, which slims your upper arms.”