As a San Antonio wedding photographer I am asked very often about portrait photography posing tips. Photographing a wedding encompasses many types of images including both portraits, action photographs, event photographs, details, and others. Within portrait photography you have the formal portraits and candid portraits. There are also what I like to call casual formals, or unposed posed images. In both of these situations there is much less of a hands on approach. This is in keeping with my photojournalistic wedding photography approach. I will be talking more about these in an upcoming post. When I am taking formal portraits, bridal portraits, engagement portraits, or any other type of set up, controlled portrait photographs, I like to give my subjects these posing tips to help to get the best portrait photographs possible.
1. Face about 45 degrees to the camera.
People will look better in most situations when they are facing anywhere from 45 degrees to 90 degrees to the camera. The camera flattens out a three dimensional world, so when you face straight on to the camera it is going to make everyone look heavier. Turning away from the camera will be more flattering.
2. Weight on your back foot.
Now that you are not facing straight on to the camera you should shift you weight slightly to your back leg. This will give a more pleasing hip angle to both men and women. I find that men can get away with facing straight on to the camera, but women will also look better and accentuate their curves more when they are angled to the camera with their weight on their back leg.
3. Keep your arms bent and away from your body.
You should always bend your arms and legs to give them a more relaxed look. Even if your arm is extended it should be bent slightly. You do not want to be putting your weight on an arm when you are leaning on something or using it for support. Keeping your arms away from your body will again create a better line and be more flattering.
4. Tilt you head slightly.
It does not matter what direction, but you should tilt you head slightly to one side or the other. Just make it slight and towards one shoulder or the other. This will break up the horizontal eye line and give a more interesting and attractive look
5. Relax and be yourself.
Remember that this portrait photography session is supposed to be fun. Keeping a fun attitude will show through in your portrait images with genuine smiles and a better connection to the viewer. If you utilize the about basic posing tips you will not have to worry about looking your best. Then you can relax and enjoy the process. There are so many things going on during your wedding day, so keeping these little portrait photography posing tips in mind will make your images really shine. These tips can even be utilized by people when your are in a more photojournalistic wedding photography mode. You can find more posing tips in the article, “7 Posing Technique for Non-Models.”
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