This weekend, I flew to NYC to shoot a wedding that has been a long time in the making. I was initially supposed to photograph Mike and Jenny’s wedding back in May, and it got postponed due to Covid. They decided to hold a smaller wedding with 50 people to comply with NYC regulations, so I hopped on a plane and came back to the Big Apple to be there for their special day!
The day started off with some fun in Jenny’s hotel room, with the girls popping champagne and Jenny finishing writing her vows in her vow book. And let’s not forget the insane view they had from downtown NYC!
Then I started shooting her details, from her high heels to the flowers to the stunning dress. The lace work on her gown was so intricate that I wanted to make sure to get some details of it with my macro lens.
Next it was time for Jenny and her girls to get ready for the wedding, which included hair, makeup and getting their dresses on!
Here’s a detail of her flowers, which included something borrowed and something blue from her family:
We walked outside to take some family photos, and the lighting was so great! I love this candid shot I got of Jenny crossing the street.
Then I headed down the street to Mike’s apartment by Battery Park so I could shoot some images of the guys getting ready. They were having a good time hanging out.
We went to the roof to take a few pictures, and the view was insane. You could see the Statue of Liberty, New Jersey and uptown. It was stunning.
Soon it was time to head over to the venue and photograph all the details of the wedding and reception before the guests got there.
And just like that, it was time for them to get married! They read their own vows that they had written, and Mike mentioned how he’d protect Jenny from dinosaurs. It was adorable.
I also managed to run up to the roof to get a wide shot of the wedding. You can see the Staten Island Ferry on the river in the background, as well as the Statue of Liberty.
Around sunset, I took Mike and Jenny into the park for a few shots before the reception. The lighting was great all day, and the park was empty, so we got some stunning photos.
Then it was time for the reception, where there were some great toasts given and things got wild on the dance floor!
If you never quite sure just how to pose with your partner for a great picture, or you’re a photographer looking for posing ideas, then this is the article for you! I’ve compiled a list of my go-to poses for couples, and I have a one-page freebie at the bottom for you to keep as a helpful guide! Big thanks to my favorite couple Jersey and Luis for being my models for this project (and standing in the freezing New York City winter weather to get these shots!) Now let’s dive into these poses.
Lean Toward Each Other
Position the couple so one person’s shoulder is leaning into the other person’s chest, and have the person behind wrap their arm around and lightly grab the right arm of the first person. It helps to mention to lean their heads toward each other and getting their noses close together. This cozy pose is great for a mid shot, or a close up.
Facing Each Other
This one is an easy one. Have the two look at each other while holding hands. Can be used for a wide shot or a close up, and you can play with how close they are standing to each other. One person can also wrap their hands around the other person’s neck and lean in close for a kiss (warning: it’s adorable!!)
Facing The Camera
The classic shot shows the couple fairly close together with one person wrapping their arm around the other. You can vary the hands–hands in pockets, hands straight down, or like in this shot, Jersey had her hand by her face, tucking her hair behind her ear. Do whatever feels most natural for you.
Half Looking at the Camera
This can be a great moment. Have one person look at their partner while the other person looks at the camera. This usually results in some natural smiles and laughs, because who doesn’t get excited when they spend a few seconds taking in how lovely their partner looks?! A great variation of this can be to alternate having both partners look at each other at the same time.
The Ear Whisper
Alright, now that you are warmed up and have the basic poses down, here are a few advanced level poses! This one is a great prompt I use with couples. When a couple is already fairly close to each other, I’ll tell one partner to lean in and whisper something into the other person’s ear. It’s great for capturing a candid moment, because generally one of them will say something silly, or sweet, and the other person will break out into a huge smile or laugh. If you’re not great with posed photos, I recommend a pose like this, which can help bring out your personality and feel really natural.
Arm Around The Shoulder
Have one or both partners wrap their arm around the shoulder or waist of the other person. A few variations are to have them both look at each other, at the camera, and one person looking down candidly. You can also alternate between serious expressions and smiles.
I love this pose so much! Why? Because look at how cute it is! It’s pretty simple too: hold hands and touch foreheads. For a more intimate moment, you can have them get close and close their eyes, too. For a more playful and fun shot, tell them to smile and laugh. Leaning in for a kiss is also an easy pose to go to from this one!
This can be another great natural moment between the two. You can walk toward the camera, hold hands while walking away from the camera, and even start walking away and then turn around and look back at the camera. I usually tell my couples to walk in “slow motion” so they’re relaxed and not rushed. In terms of eye contact, they can look forward, at each other, down and around. I usually tell them not to look directly at the camera, so the shot comes out looking a little more like a candid moment.
The Finale: Kiss and Foot Pop!
This is a great shot to do toward the end of the shoot. Have the couple get really close to each other, put their hands on each other’s waist or around their neck, and smooch! Jersey did the foot pop with her right foot, which I love. An advanced level variation of this is to do the dip: dip your partner halfway and then have a dramatic kiss. This might not be the pose for everyone, but if you like a grand gesture (and I do) then this can be the perfect pose!
I’ll be honest, I wrote this in part because my partner hates posing and I wanted to have a quick page of ideas that I could glance at when we’re out and I want to get a cute shot. So, I made a one-page PDF with pictures of all the poses and I’m giving it to you, too! Click here to download the freebie couple posing guide!
And if you liked this, have a look at my website, Instagram, YouTube and Pinterest! I hope this gave you some ideas to try out on your next photoshoot, and good luck to everyone with your posing! Tag me @gdeimz on social if you post any of the ideas you try out!
I was asked to shoot a wedding at The Green Building in Brooklyn, NY this fall and it was the most charming thing I’ve ever seen. There were fairy lights strung around the entire place and an outdoor patio with a bar for the cocktail hour. The ceremony space had exposed brick and the couple, Natalie and Andrew, were absolutely lovely. They enjoyed their special day to the fullest, and they made photographing the wedding an absolute blast!
Check out the photos below for a full recap of their wedding (including a delicious cake from Milk Bar and some awesome reception dance shots!) and if you know someone who is getting married soon, hit me up and let’s talk about how we can capture your incredible day together! 🙂
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