I Don’t Know What To Do With My Hands

Let’s face it. Unless you’re a professional model, the idea of posing and knowing what to do can be a little daunting (at least I know it is for me when it’s my turn to be photographed). But never fear, y’all! I’m here to help you out. Here are a few tricks of the trade that can help you as you take your engagement session and wedding day photos.

1. The S Curve.
Creating an S-curve is a great way to emphasize your natural curves in a very flattering way. This is achieved by putting one foot over the other while standing. When you move your hip to either side, you accentuate your curves even more, creating an hourglass-like shape with your body.

2. Pockets.
Pockets are a great place to put your hands so your arms aren’t dangling aimlessly. When putting your hands in your pockets, don’t stuff your whole hand in there; it will look like your pants ate your hands. Instead, leave a thumb (or more fingers, if you’d like) hanging out side of the pocket.

3. Arms.
When posing, keep your arms away from your body. You will want to create a little bit of space between your arm and body. That will keep yo ur arm from looking smushed.

4. Chins.
Angling your chin out slightly helps to elongate your neck in photographs.

5. The Walk.
Walking toward the camera hand-in-hand is something that I will have couples do at some point during a shoot. When walking, walk with the S-curve in mind: one foot over the other as you walk. So try not to walk as you would on a regular basis, but a more exaggerated version of how you might walk. You’ll create beautiful curves as you walk and it is a lot more slimming than a normal walk.

6. Come Toward the Light.
Light accentuates EVERYTHING. Whatever you want hidden, point away from the main light source.

7. Embrace
When your love is embracing you in the photo, be sure to embrace them back so that you can convey some kind of connection between the two of you. If you’re embracing them with one hand, embrace with the other as well. If you’re only doing a one hand embrace, put your free hand in your pocket.