June 15, 2020
If you’re reading this post, it might be because you’re searching the internet for tips on “natural engagement photo poses”. Right? I want to be the first to say that the secret to natural poses is to not over-think it. Hear me out.
How many times have you seen engagement photos where the couple looks really stiff and over-choreographed? You can tell they’re uncomfortable and if you know the couple, it just doesn’t look like them. Maybe there’s no real emotion and the photos are falling flat. Yikes. I don’t want that for you.
When my couples come out for an engagement shoot, I want to capture the essence of who they are. I want them to have a genuinely good time while I capture their love story. Yes, I’ll give some general direction to make sure they look their best… but when they fill in the blanks themselves, that’s where the magic is.
This shoot with Britney and Ben takes place at Boone Hall Plantation, a great location here in the Charleston, SC area.
You’ll see examples of some natural “poses” that aren’t really poses at all. You’ll see movement and energy that comes from just-enough coaching from me as their photographer.
First, we started with the walk down the well-known Avenue of the Oaks. They walked hand in hand, looking at each other and pausing for a kiss. It’s all about letting things unfold naturally.
Ben had fun with picking Britney up, and I captured some great motion with a dip & kiss shot.
Here you’ll see that they practiced their first dance. It’s hard not to laugh together when you’re dancing out in the open. This simple prompt turned into a silly time of twirling and playfulness which made their photos anything but boring.
Then, they had a quick wardrobe change and we headed out toward the marsh. The natural foliage framed them up beautifully.
With very little prompting from me, I was able to get this gorgeous ring shot. Sometimes it’s the unexpected moments that turn out to be the best.
The “almost kiss” shot is always beautiful.
Britney and Ben’s playful personalities shined through as they danced and had fun with a piggyback ride. It’s almost as if they were on a date and we are just seeing snapshots of their day. They’re not wrapped up in “the perfect pose”, they are focused on each other and making memories.
To sum it all up, when couples are truly enjoying themselves, natural engagement photo poses come easily. So if you’re planning your engagement shoot, make that your goal!
PS – If you’re thinking about engagement photography, also be thinking about your wedding photography. Your engagement shoot is a great time to get to know your wedding photographer!
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