Here at ShootDotEdit, not only do we provide wedding photography editing services, we are passionate about assisting you in growing your business. Throughout the year, we have provided you with advanced and up-to-date educational resources covering topics relevant to your photography business. These topics included growing your business through systems and workflow tools, photography style posts, and inspiration from industry pros.
In addition to our weekly blog posts, webinars, and other photography related content, we created comprehensive guides which specifically cater to certain aspects of wedding photography. These guides allow you to take a deep dive into one aspect of photography that you want to improve on or incorporate into your business.
This year, we released a guide to help you grow your business, a guide to help you master Facebook, a guide to help you effectively use lighting for your clients, and a guide to help you stay busy during the off-season. Out of these resourceful guides, one guide in particular covered a topic which causes photographers challenges in the industry today: Posing! With expert testimonies and resourceful tips for wedding photographers, this is our top guide of 2015:
In our free guide, we partnered with photographers, who are awesome at posing their clients, to bring actionable tips and tricks for you to use in your wedding photography business. Here are some of the highlights of our most popular guide of 2015!
Engagement Session Tips
Throughout our guide, we cover how to effortlessly pose your couple during every shot. By creating a connection with the bride and groom, you can help them to relax and pose with ease. Since the engagement session is the first time you are working with your clients, bringing your excitement and energy to the shoot can help them feel comfortable with you and with one another in front of the camera. When you position your couple in a way which creates a story for your images, you can create dynamic photos every time.
Top Photographer Quote:
“Remember that the overall theme for these pictures is going to be love. Make the couple comfortable and aware that they SHOULD kiss, hug, hold hands, be playful, be silly, and be touchy-feely mushy gushy all they want! It makes the pictures more personal and personable!” – Callie Smith, Picture Correct
Bridal Portrait Tips
Another memorable part of the wedding day, especially for the bride, is when you shoot her bridal portraits. Because she spent months planning for this moment, highlighting her during this time adds to the story of the wedding day. Understanding how to pose the bride, regardless of her body type, is crucial to your success as a wedding photographer. Since she may be shy during her shoot, it can be helpful to showcase your personality to make her as comfortable as possible. When the bride feels her best, she can open up to you and give you genuine expressions and emotion.
Helpful resource for better bridal posing: The Art of Posing Women Webinar with Jen Rozenbaum
Wedding Party Tips
During the wedding day shoot, the bride and groom carefully selected some of their favorite people to be part of their wedding party. Shooting the bridesmaids and groomsmen can be challenging since you are working with multiple people at once. Finding out how you can capture the details, such as the bridesmaid’s jewelry and the groomsmen’s boutonnieres, assists you in creating memorable photos. One of the most important parts of the wedding day is to make sure everyone is having fun! The bride and groom will appreciate the candid photos, as well as the posed ones, and will love to share them with their family and friends.
Favorite Posing Tip:
Capture a detail shot of the groomsmen’s cuff links front of a clean background. Each detail can be used to compliment the groomsmen by adding elements of uniqueness and diversity.
We feature tips from pro photographers in our guide, including Roberto Valenzuela, Dana Cubbage, Callie Smith, and more. These photographers share secrets to mastering your shoots through posing which are actionable and can help you grow. Any photographer can pick up a camera and shoot their subjects. Stand out from the crowd by absorbing knowledge from some of the industry’s pros.
In addition to the pro photographer tips, we feature gorgeous images from photographers Carla Ten Eyck, Sara France, Jeff and Erin Youngren, and more. Check out pages 9, 13, and 16 in our guide for examples of excellent posing!
With the slow season here, focusing on your business and what you can improve on is crucial. Use our guide to enhance your posing skills for the upcoming wedding season. Also, take the time to practice your skills on location. Read books from posing pros or attend seminars to understand how to properly pose in any situation. The more you practice posing, the better you will be (meaning more clients will want to work with you).
If you have already downloaded our top guide of 2015, go back and read it over to learn new ways to incorporate some of the tips. If you have yet to download the guide, be sure to do so today and get started on improving your skills. Learn how use advanced posing techniques when you download our Posing for the Wedding Photographer Guide!