Mark Elshout

Box Hill, Australia

My interest in photography began back in high-school when I used my mother’s Olympus OM-1 to shoot sports events. I learnt to...

A Posing Guide for Couples (40+ Poses)

I recently shot a wedding and it was the first wedding I had done in 2 or 3 years. I remembered the last one as being a big drama and decided I should do some background work to make this one more successful. I dug up a DVD of a workshop by Doug Gordon . He was filmed presenting a workshop to cruiseship photographers on workflow and making the poses efficient in front of studio backdrops. I decided to try to memorise as many poses as I could to assist me in posing my bridal couple. I remembered some of which I will link to and forgot lots of others. So I set about putting all of the information into e-book form as a summary with screen captures from the DVD. It has taken ages but having the visual guide helps me to remember the poses in the video. I thought I would put it up here to help others who may need some ideas for shooting a wedding.
I recently did a course in Portrait photography and was appalled at the lack of information provided on posing models. I have done numerous searches and have rarely found anything useful in the way of learning resources. So I hope that this is seen as educational and useful to many.

One last thing, if anyone wants this in PDF form, it is a 5 Mb file and it is available for download from my website: www.markephotography.com.au (and go to “links”). Cheers!


FIRST OF ALL THE BASIC RULES:










This basic pose was adaptable to include the bouquet and I was able to frame to include the bridal party also.








In my interpretation of this pose, I had the female train her eyes down to the hands also.













This is my interpretation from the dance poses.




A slight variation on the given pose to include the cake.













This is my effort of putting this pose to good use!












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