#iHeartFaces Conference: Posing Couples

This post is part of a series of posts I will write as I reflect on the iHeartFaces Photography Conference for women which I attended the first weekend of October, 2013.  To see the all posts, click here.

Jean Smith taught a session on how to pose couples.  For this session, we had to RSVP, so space was limited, but what we learned was so valuable and I’ve already used it in an engagement session.

First, she gave us her five-step quick-shooting couple formula–ya’ know, for those wedding days when you just don’t have a ton of time.  She said that she gets a ton of pictures using this formula, then uses any other free time to get more creative, artistic shots.  I wish I’d known this at a wedding I shot last summer, when I really did have about ten minutes.

I didn’t take notes during this session since most of it was hands-on, but she spent the first ten to twenty minutes talking about her strategy and gear.  I’ll focus on her strategies for the purpose of this post.

For each of the poses below, Jean shoots from far away, half-way between far away and close up, then close up.  She said we can do that with our lenses or with our bodies.

  1. Bride and groom facing each other
  2. Bride and Groom facing the same way with the bride in front
  3. Bride and Groom facing the same way with the groom in front
  4. Bride and Groom facing away from each other
  5. Bride and Groom side-by-side

Then, she demonstrated with some live clients and we got a few shots in.  Here are mine:

Then, Jean demonstrated what she’d do if she had more time to get pictures of the bride and groom; she showed us some posing and shooting angles.

Seriously, Jean! Thanks for your invaluable insight.  You were so helpful and I’m glad you drove in overnight to show us your tips!

Forever grateful,
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