Knowing about posing for boudoir photography can make or break a boudoir photography session. What is boudoir photography? Merriam Webster defines it here, but whatever you know it to be, photography posing is one of the most critical—and most challenging—aspects a boudoir photographer needs to master.
Even if your lighting and background are absolutely perfect, you still need to spend a considerable amount of time posing your subjects to create strong, lasting photos your clients will love for years to come.
Here are 5 quick posing tips to try out on your next boudoir photography session.
Posing during the wedding day can 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?
In our Online Training: How We Pose Our Clients: 10 Tricks We Use in Every Shoot, Justin and Mary Marantz shared their personal insights into how they pose during every wedding day. They also shared their free eBook, The 5 Best Business Decisions We Made, which you can use to make decisions for your business. Here are the top 5 tips for posing with confidence from Justin and Mary’s Online Training.
“How do we start taking pictures of people, and stop taking pictures of poses?” – Justin and Mary Marantz
1. Use Their Names
One of the main objectives for you during the wedding day shoot is to ensure your couple is comfortable with you, and 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.
As a wedding photographer, posing is a crucial aspect of your photography, but can also be one of the most challenging to master. Even with perfect lighting and an ideal background, the poses you set must be strong – as set by boudoir photographers. If your wedding clients look stiff or uncomfortable, it can translate into your images. When you create flattering poses for your clients, regardless of their body type, you create memorable images they will love.
Here at ShootDotEdit, we know that out of all of the weddings you have shot, chances are you have seen a timeline so off track you barely have any time to capture the most crucial images. Since your couple hired you to document their day, you have to know how to take those images in a limited timeframe. In our 127 Shots Guide, we share a photography playbook of the important images to take. Below, wedding photographers, Justin and Mary Marantz, share 5 tricks to help you never miss a shot during a wedding day time-crunch.
Sometimes, things just happen at a wedding. Despite the best intentions, the best planning, the most meticulous timeline, sometimes things just…get off track. Like I always tell my brides, there’s “real time” and then there’s “wedding time.” The two shall never be the same.
I’ve seen it happen 100 different ways. There was that makeup artist out of state who took 2 HOURS and 15 minutes just to do the bride’s makeup. Then, there was that time there was an unexpected parade (I mean, a PARADE!) on the way to the ceremony. 200 guests sitting in a cathedral, and the bridal party is stuck behind the Fighting Irish mid-state championship marching band. Yep, anything can happen on a wedding day.
Over and over in the past 10 years of shooting, we have seen beautiful 2-hour cushions of time that were slotted for portraits get cut down to about 15 minutes. In 15 minutes, we had to do all of the couple portraits, as well as the wedding party! It can happen to even the best timelines and the best planning. Sometimes, stuff just HAPPENS. In those moments, we have two choices. We can either cry (tempting!) OR we can pull ourselves together and come up with a game plan. So let’s do that! I think the best way to break it down is by putting it into 5 tips.
During the wedding day shoot, it is necessary for you as a photographer to know how to pose your couples in positions that will showcase them in the best possible way. In our Posing Critique Webinar with Roberto Valenzuela, he shared how to analyze the intricate details of every pose.
Here at ShootDotEdit, we love to provide you with relevant content that can help you improve your business and attract more of the clients you love. Today, we’re continuing our educational Posing Deep Dive series with Roberto. If you have missed the first 4 installments of the series, you can access them here:
Posing is no easy task. Even harder than posing one subject is making sure that multiple subjects look their best in an image. Along with mastering the pose, it is crucial that you examine their expressions as well! Sometimes, the most challenging of part of posing is ensuring that the expressions match with the pose. You may have a great pose, and in order for it to be a stunning image, you need a strong expression as well.
In our Posing Critique Webinar with Roberto Valenzuela, photographers from all over the world submitted images to be reviewed by the posing guru. Taking time to learn how to properly pose is important, and you can free up some of your time by outsourcing your images to a wedding photography editing company. Today, we’re continuing our Posing Deep Dive series, which is geared to help photographers create the best wedding images possible. If you have missed the first 3 installments of the series, you can access them here:
As you shoot the wedding day, there are many aspects that you have to consider in order to get the perfect shot. Simply posing the bride and groom is not enough – it’s important for you to pay attention to the intricate details that make up an image. One of the most important parts of shooting is paying attention to the lighting that you’re working with. As you partner with a wedding photo editing company that takes care of your post production needs, you will have additional time to focus on your posing and lighting skills!
In our Posing Critique Webinar with Roberto Valenzuela, photographers from all around the world submitted images to be reviewed by the posing expert. Today, we’re continuing our Posing Deep Dive series, which is geared to help photographers create the best wedding images possible. In our first and second posts of the series, Roberto focused on the details of proper body language and how to use contrasting colors in your photography. This week, Roberto dives into the importance of lighting and how it can affect the pose you select.
The image for review today was submitted by Dylan Burr from Aventura Photo Video. It features the bride and groom in a stunning location with golden lighting from the sun – thanks for the submission, Dylan!
Use of Natural Light
This photo is filled with gorgeous lighting, and it is in a beautiful location. The photographer did a great using the light to his advantage in capturing the couple during golden hour. The location was also properly chosen, because the landscape turned a golden-yellow color as the sun set, giving this a warm, magical feel. [···]
When you are photographing couples, there are several factors to take into consideration in order to produce a beautiful photo. Not only do you need to examine your surroundings, understand the lighting, and determine the best pose, but you also need to look at elements such as color. Color can play a large role in your images, because it can direct your attention to a certain aspect of the photo.
In our Posing Critique Webinar with Roberto, one of the goals was to help photographers learn posing techniques to enhance and improve their work. Today, we are continuing our Posing Deep Dive series with Roberto Valenzuela, where he takes a clinical look at some of the images submitted and provide tips and insights on how to improve them! In this second installment, Roberto explains the importance of being aware of colors in your shot and how they can affect the focal point of the image. Enjoy!
This week, I want to focus on an image submitted from Vince Murdock from Indigo Sky Photography. Overall, this photo is beautifully done, and the contact between the couple engages the viewer, and a true connection is made.
Here at ShootDotEdit, not only do we care about providing our customers with the best in post production photography, we also like to share insights from photographers in the industry. Roberto Valenzuela is a great example of a photographer who is an expert in all things posing and lighting. In addition to his photography career, he is also an author and an educator. One of the greatest aspects of being a teacher is the opportunity to help individuals succeed and continuously improve. It can be so rewarding to watch them grow into their craft, especially when it is an area that you are passionate about too, such as photography.
In our Posing Critique Webinar with Roberto, one of the goals was to help photographers learn posing techniques to enhance and improve their work. A numerous amount of photos were submitted for review, and in this 5-part blog series, Roberto will take a clinical look at some of the images submitted and provide tips and insights on how to improve them. Today’s is the first installment, and Roberto shares the importance of body language in your images – enjoy!
This week, I want to focus on an image submitted from Southern California Wedding Photographer, Nathan Shute:
Leading up to the wedding day, the bride and groom spent time carefully selecting the members of their wedding party. The chosen bridesmaids and groomsmen are often their closest friends and family members, and it is essential for you to capture memories of this entire group together!