A collage of 3 wedding portraits and an infographic

“Posing is a performing art.” Yes, we agree with this line quoted by Hollywood movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger! And that’s why we understand that not all your couples might be born naturals when it comes to posing with confidence in front of the camera on their wedding day. And that’s one reason why - as their wedding photographer - it is often up to you to guide your bride and groom and provide them with the right posing cues to help them shine in their wedding images. We also know that posing during the wedding day could be challenging to master. Because you do not always have control over the situation or location, how can you capture the images your couple hired you to take and do it confidently? If this is a question you often find asking yourself, worry not! In this blog, we look into the top 5 tips for posing your brides and grooms with confidence - and help them get the wedding portraits of their dreams.



Infographic stating the trust you build with your couples will help them open up and share their story

One of the main objectives for you during the wedding day shoot is to ensure your couple is comfortable with you - and posing with confidence in front of the camera. When you use their names often, you give them a reason to trust you and have confidence in your abilities. Your couple will know you took the time to learn their name - and you care enough to use it often during the shoot. The trust they have in you helps them open up and share their story. The result? Stunning wedding images with a whole lot of romance and chemistry!


The wedding day shoot can be hectic and overwhelming for everyone involved. As you work with and coach your couples through various poses, use gentle language. Your couple is probably already nervous to be in front of the camera. With the language you use, you can make them feel more at ease. Rather than saying, “Stop slouching” or “Stand up straight”, say something more gentle, such as “I’m going to have you open your heart up.” That way you might be able to avoid negativity to receive the results you desire, and before you know it, your couple might be posing with confidence for your to capture the magic. Be aware of your tone during the shoot. With your tone, you can affect the emotions of your couple. If you are nervous or stressed, they will feel the same. Use a tone that emits the energy you feel, and you want your clients to share through their poses.

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A portrait of a couple posing at nightImage Credit: ShootDotEdit Customer @jorgesantiagophoto

One more way to ensure that your couple is posing with confidence is to keep the conversation going with them. Communication is a simple way to ensure your couple remains calm, and the poses you set showcase the proper emotion. Make sure to keep talking throughout the shoot. When you stop talking, your couple will possibly be conscious of it and may think they are doing something wrong. Ensure you keep them engaged throughout the shoot, and maintain the tone you know will help keep the right energy at the shoot. When you continue to talk to your couple, they will likely know what you want from them and chances are that they will continue to feel relaxed.


Most of the couples you work with might not initially be comfortable in front of the camera and might feel nervous when it comes to posing with confidence. As you talk with them and coach them on how to pose, be specific with your directions. When you want the bride to move her arm, tell her specifically, “I want you to move your right arm.” If you are not specific and your couple moves the wrong way, it will give you the wrong result - and it will shake their confidence if you have to correct them afterword. The more you can give specific commands, the easier it will be for them to feel more confident. When they are confident, they let their guard down and allow you to capture their genuine emotions. Another way to be specific is to use commands, not questions. These sentences start with their name or a verb, and tell your couple you are confident and in control.

Related Read: How 3 Wedding Photographers Mastered Client Communication


Infographic stating try to maintain your professionalism and take charge even when things go slightly out of control

Your couple chose you to be their photographer for a variety of reasons. One of those reasons is because you are an expert in all things weddings, and they have confidence you will capture their images amid any crisis. Even if the light is changing or is not what you want it to be, or the timeline is drastically behind, or you know someone is missing from the shoot, you still have to maintain your professionalism and take charge. This means that on the outside, you are calm and collected so your couple still feels comfortable. Chances are, your couple is unaware of the struggles you have with the light or other elements. While you work on the logistics in your mind, continue to maintain the proper facial expressions and tone to let your couple know you have control over the shoot.


A collage of two wedding portraits of a bride and groom in the wildernessImage Credit: ShootDotEdit Customer @brandiallysephoto

There are plenty of ways to pose your clients during the wedding day. Sometimes, though, it can be challenging to know exactly what to do when you are in a high-pressure situation. This is why you should have 4-5 go-to poses you know will work in any situation. Even if you forget every pose you wanted to try, these go-to poses are perfect to use while you think about what you want to do next. Plus, the poses show your clients that you are quick on your feet and remain confident in your abilities. Also, with your go-to poses, make sure each of them has variations you can use. Posing with confidence is key to your success on the wedding day. The more confident you are, as well as your couple, the easier it is for you to work together to create memorable images. As you continue to practice your skills, start to think about the way light affects your poses (and vice versa). Once you get these basic aspects right, posing your couples will be a lot easier! 

At ShootDotEdit, we are passionate about helping you grow as a wedding photographer. We also help to lessen your post-production workload with our photo editing services so that you can make more time to take photos. To learn more about how we can help, check out our pricing plans.

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