K: If you looked at the blog now, you’d probably never guess that before Brandon and I got engaged, we had about five pictures together. The quality of our photos was bad (hello, selfie) and we never took time to document our experiences. We finally got around to taking some engagement photos together and then, our wedding changed everything. We came to the conclusion that we needed to start documenting our moments together (the big and the small). Now, armed with thousands of beautiful photos, we finally feel like we have some different shots and a variety of poses to put around our house in frames.
Over the past few months, we’ve come to realize that a few poses work better than others. We figured we probably aren’t the only ones struggling to do better than the old, “face the front and smile” pose. Here’s our list of the best poses for couples:
1. The Sit and Lean
It’s cute, intimate, and works best if you’re surrounded by nature (like a park or a beach). Probably a good idea for the ladies to wear shorts or pants in this pose, or else you’ll be awkwardly fixing your dress through the photoshoot.
*Tip: Make sure you look before you sit! We accidentally sat on wet grass one time and that was not a pretty picture.
6. The Classic
Everybody needs a great, classic photo in their home. Something that is timeless and doesn’t show what season it was or even what year it was. The goal with this photo is to have it act as something that could sit in your home for years to come and you wouldn’t get tired of it. Obviously, many people have this kind of photo with their wedding; however, we challenge you to find another one, outside of your wedding day.
*Tip: Look online for classic photos that you love. We’ll search “Couple Engagement Photos” for some great options.
7. The Casual Conversation
For some reason, this photo managed to look like Brandon and I were mid-conversation, sharing a laugh over something and playing around. I love the carefree vibe that it gives off and this pose offers you lots of options in how you capture it.
*Tip: Actually talk! It’s awkward if you’re just staging this one. Try to have a lighthearted conversation, even if it’s about something silly.
8. The Eat and Drink Pose
Capture that glass of wine or a bite of a cupcake with a photo! Better yet, feed each other a bite. This is kind of a cheesy pose, but definitely has its time and place.
*Tip: This one actually should be staged. You won’t like the picture if you have crumbs all over your face!
9. The Arm Over the Shoulder
I love the casual nature of this pose and the masculinity that it brings to any guy. It’s easy to do and establishes a closeness to the couple.
*Tip: Grab his/her hand to make it look more comfortable and at-ease.
10. The Kiss on the Cheek
This pose is fantastic because it works both ways. A sweet kiss on the cheek can sometimes be more meaningful than anything else!
*Tip: Ladies, no lip gloss! It leaves a sticky color residue on his cheek (which could interfere for the next picture!)
Don’t forget, you can still sign up for our email date challenge! It begins today and lasts until Sunday. We’re so excited to create a little community with this challenge and showcase dates, date ideas, and date outfits. And now, you’ve got the poses to practice for that perfect Instagram shot! Sign up here or click the button below.