Did you know that couples spend over $2,000 on average for their wedding photography, not including videos? What about the fact that most people are at least a little bit camera shy? Unfortunately, those two things have the potential to add pressure to the whole wedding photo process and make it more difficult than it needs to be. The good news is that there are tons of simple ways for you and your photographer to capture pictures that you’ll cherish forever. One of those ways is by researching wedding photo pose ideas ahead of time.
In this guide, we explore 10 unique and stunning wedding photo pose ideas you can use to get a wide variety of shots that you’ll look back on fondly. Keep reading to discover expert tips and tricks for some of our favorite options.
Explore 10 of our favorite wedding photo pose ideas:
No matter how much experience you have in front of a camera, taking your wedding photos can feel a little nerve-wracking. By preparing a handful of poses ahead of time, you’ll be able to fill out your wedding photo album with a variety of shots and looks. To help, we interviewed wedding experts and scoured Pinterest to collect our favorite wedding photo pose ideas.
1. Put your heads together.
“My favorite pose idea for camera-shy couples is a simple one,” New England-based intimate wedding photographer Emma Thurgood said in a recent interview with Wedding Spot.
“ … face each other in a loose embrace, bring (your) foreheads together, close (your) eyes, and just breathe in the moment of (your) wedding day. This pose will help the couple feel more relaxed because of how it connects the two of them and enables them to focus only on their love, shutting out distractions and things that might be causing them anxiety. It’s a moment that is just for them.”
2. Create tasks for yourself.
Elizabeth Dilley of EJ Dilley Photography said that the best wedding photo poses often come from action shots. “My trick is to always keep the couple moving,” says Dilley, “give them tasks so that nothing seems static and the couple is always authentically engaging with each other. That may be through cuddling, dancing, keeping warm, snuggling on a blanket, toasting, checking out the views.”
Pick 2 or 3 tasks to do while the photographer is shooting and focus entirely on those. Before you know it, the session will have ended and you’ll have a ton of great photos to choose from.
3. Play with your veil.
Or, if you don’t have a veil, use a piece of chiffon or see-through fabric to capture this wedding photo pose. Drape it over both you and your partner’s heads then put your heads together, close your eyes, and laugh. You may even want to enlist a helper for this one if you want the fabric to flow in the breeze. This will cover part of your faces while still looking beautiful.
You can even do this wedding photo pose idea solo. Simply pull the veil gently around your shoulders and smile lightly into or just past the camera.