When couples ask us about how we’re going to take their engagement portraits, one question comes up a lot. How much will we pose them? And our answer is very clear. As much as is necessary to ensure they love their engagement pictures! We always want your portraits to be as natural as possible. That way, they’ll be a genuine expression of the way you feel about each other. At the same time, we know that being photographed can be pretty awkward. And that you can’t see yourselves as we’re taking pictures of you. So we’re going to use posing to help you relax and to make sure you look perfect in the photos. But always with an eye on keeping things natural. Romantic sitting engagement photos like this one don’t happen by accident, after all! They need just the right mix of posing and freedom.
At this point, you might be wondering how we’re able to balance these two potentially competing priorities. To be honest, it’s not always easy! But we have a lot of experience working with couples, many of whom are very nervous and stressed. So we’ve developed an approach that helps strike a perfect mix. Here’s what we’ll do during your engagement session:
Some poses are harder than others of course. Creating those little connections we talked about can be tricky. Sometimes your hands and faces aren’t in the right positions for that. That’s one of the things that gives seated poses a higher degree of difficulty. If you think about it for a minute, you’ll realize why that is. If you and your future spouse are sitting on a bench, for example, maintaining body and eye contact is difficult. With your legs facing forward, you have to twist your torsos towards each other. It can be done, of course, but those images can very easily start to look and feel awkward.
Fortunately, there is an easy solution! Sitting you down on the ground makes it much easier to take romantic sitting engagement photos. Your legs can angle towards your partner’s (and vice versa) and even overlap. That allows your torsos to follow and makes creating additional contact points much less awkward. (And don’t worry about getting dirty! We always bring a blanket to every engagement session for this exact scenario.)
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