The Ultimate Posing Guide

bride and groom posing in a field

Why Close to 40% of Brides Have REGRETS

I remember several years ago when one of my friends got married (this was before I was a true wedding photographer so she hired a local “professional.” She was absolutely ecstatic when she finally received her wedding photos.

I asked to come over to look at everything with her and she agreed. As we viewed everything together, I remember her looking excited, but suddenly the look on her face changed to disappointment as we got to the end of the portraits.

After the slideshow was finished, I asked her why she looked so disappointed. She said, “You know… I honestly didnt know at the time… but really thinking about it, I just didnt like the way our photographer posed me for the portraits. I just dont think I look very flattering or beautiful in those poses at all.”

What a disappointment to have that one day in your life in the most beautiful dress, surrounded by so much love… but not be happy with the way you look in the portraits.

From that day on, I made sure it was my mission to be a master in the art of posing brides and couples.

Sadly, a lot of photographers dont understand that its not just about the beautiful compositions, backdrops, and even moments. Though those are all important, it is an absolute necessity to be a master in the art of posing to ensure the bride and the groom look absolutely dazzling on the best day of their life.

And I came across this study that mentioned that close to 40% of brides had regrets when it came to their wedding photos.

“Wow!” I thought to myself.

I couldnt believe that percentage was so high!

I started digging deeper to really see the reasons why these brides were unhappy, and this is what I found…

1. “Our photographer got drunk, and you can see the photos in the gallery getting blurrier and blurrier as you scroll through.”

2. “Our photographer just really didnt seem to know what he was doing! He didnt guide us during the portrait session and we we’re just standing there awkwardly!”

3. “Our photographer only captured moments of my husband and I, but not of our close friends and loved ones. That was really disappointing.”

And that was just the tip of the iceberg…

Im Crockette McColl...award winning luxury Wedding Photographer & Planner located in Cape Girardeau, MO.

I take pride in my work, and after seeing almost half of brides out their being extremely unhappy with the results they were getting from other photographers, I couldnt help but be extremely proud of what every single one of my couples have said about me (you can visit my Google Reviews to see several comments).

And in these next few pages, I'm going to share with you as much value in my expertise in posing wedding couples so you can ensure you look your best and have no regrets for your special day.

How to NOT Have CHEESY and FAKE Wedding Portraits

Even though wedding portraits are posed... no one wants portraits that LOOK posed. The more candid and authentic your portraits look the BETTER.

Now…there are tons of ways to ensure this... but just in case you have a photographer who doesn't know what they’re doing, here's one of the MAIN tips you can do.

I call it the X-FACTOR.

So what is it?

Imagine you have an imaginary line coming out of the tip of your nose and eyes.

Posing Your Hands and Eyes

I could write a book on how to pose hands and eyes... it's the photographers job to not just "memorize" poses, but to learn how to "build" a pose for our brides and grooms.

But here a few pointers so you'll know what to do on your wedding day.

How to Walk in Front of the Camera

So far you’ve learned:

1. The Foundations of Posing

2. How to Make Your Portraits NOT Cheesy

3. Posing Your Hands and Eyes

So you won't be the close to 40% of brides who have regrets with their wedding photographer. Crazy thing is... at this point you may know more about posing than most "professional" wedding photographers out there lol.

Today I'll teach you the correct way to WALK in front of the camera.

Remember how I talked about weight distribution for your portraits? It's the same thing for walking. If you walk normally, it's possible your portraits could look like a “penguin walking”.

So… for the camera, what you want to do is walk as if you are walking on a straight line under you.