Generally a couple should be easy to engage in a photo shoot. If they
are initially a bit shy or feeling uncomfortable, just ask them to show
you how they felt and looked when they met for the first time. You will
invoke them on an emotional level, providing you with natural and
loving expressions in their portraits
1. Easy starting pose standing face to face (but looking to the
camera) and her holding an arm on his chest. Take both close-up as well
as vertical shots.
2. Ask the couple to stand very close to each other to catch intimate
close-up portraits. Don’t be afraid to zoom in and crop real tight!
3. Very easy and cordial pose with him holding her from behind. The
couple may look straight into the camera or at each other. They might
even kiss for a more emotive shot.
4. Fun and loving pose with her holding onto his back and shoulders.
Pay attention to hand positioning: It should be simple and natural.
5. Just a variant with her holding him from behind. Remember that the
couple doesn’t necessarily have to look in the camera. For better
results, make them interact with each other by talking, flirtatious
looks, laughing etc.
6. Creates a very romantic mood. Works best outdoors with some open
space in the background. Shoot only slightly from a back. Remember that
you have to be far enough to the couples side to be able to capture each
person’s closest eye, otherwise you will create an impersonal, “empty”
7. Find some elevation and shoot your subjects from above. A common
pose shot from an unusual angle is always creative and will often reward
you with surprisingly good results.
8. Another romantic pose. Works best outdoors with some open space in
the background. Works also very well as a silhouette against a bright
background, in front of a sunset, for example.
9. Easy to realize pose for a full height shot. Creates a calm and affectionate mood.
10. A fun pose. Don’t presume this to be appropriate only with
younger people. If an older couple feels fine with it, this pose will
work absolutely superb with them as well. Try different framings, take
full height shots, half height ones and close-ups.
11. Very nice way to show the affection when meeting each other.
Works very well in crowded places, such as a famous meeting point in a
city, trains or metro stations etc.
12. A pose with a little bit of fun. The crucial part is her leg
positioning, each leg should be bent in different angles. While he is
still lifting her, take a close-up portrait shot as well.
13. Take shots of the couple walking hand in hand approaching from a
distance. Shoot in burst mode only! However, the majority of your shots
will look awkward because of the leg movement. Therefore, the second
part of your job is to select the photos with the best leg movement and
14. Another variant with a walking couple. This time couple walks
close together and holds onto each other. Again, take several shots and
choose those with the most elegant leg positioning.
15. Never forget that there often are good opportunities simply shooting from the back.
16. A couple lying close together on the ground. Make them lift their
upper bodies a bit by using their arms as supports. He might embrace
her gently. Shoot from a very low angle.
17. Another variant with a couple lying on the ground. This time with a little interspace.
18. A good example to show that two persons can very well be positioned asymmetrically.
19. Informal and fun way to pose for a couple lying on their backs.
20. A cordial pose, ask the couple to sit comfortably on their favorite sofa.
21. Sometimes shooting a couple may mean maternity photography. Some
poses from this couples series work also pretty well for such an
occasion. Simply adjust a posing accordingly to show the couple’s
feelings about and interactions with the unborn new life.
Allow me to repeat the previously stated – look at these sample poses
as a starting point only. That’s the reason why they are rough sketches
instead of real photos. You can’t and should not repeat the pose
exactly, instead adjust the pose creatively according to your shooting
environment and scenario.