ULTIMATE GUIDE [Update 2020]
One of our most asked questions before a couple photoshoot is how to pose for pictures. Couple poses for photoshoot is an essential part of photography, even if there is someone who just needs candid couple photos, but the truth behind that is posing. If you are looking for some couples photos poses, this guide is for you.
Quick navigate your favorite pose through the list below!
TRADITIONAL COUPLES POSES
Couple photographers use several types of couple poses photography to reveal the beauty and authentic emotion of couples. Traditional couple poses exist from the beginning of photography. Even they are quite classic; these couple poses are still beneficial and easy to try for a couple who has no experience with a professional photoshoot.
01. OPEN BOOK POSE
I call this pose “opening book posing”, just imagine the man and his lady are like two pages of a book that are opening. In this pose, he strands straight with one hand in his pocket, and the other one held her waist. The lady stands close to him and put wait on one foot and push up the other foot on tiptoe to bring the curve of her hip. One of her hands on his back and the other one bends a little bit to show the man’s figures and her curve. That gap between her elbow and her waist creates contrast, showcasing more of her waistline. They’re looking at the camera and showing their smile.
02. CLOSING BOOK POSES
For this couple pose, the man or the lady turn their body to one side, like closing one page of a book. In the photos, she turns her body to show her left side to the camera. Depend on the lady’s favourite site of her face, she places her arm gently on his chest and makes sure it doesn’t block her waistline. The man can put his hand either on her sleeve, waist softly or in his pocket.
03. FACING EACH OTHER POSES
Now the couple will turn facing each other, like closing two pages of the book. To make a natural pose, the lady will put one of her foot back a little bit while her lover but his hand gently on her waist.
04. SIDE BY SIDE POSES
This one brings the old pose feel in which two persons are standing side by side, holding the hands and facing the camera. I saw this pose a lot for some Korean photographers. By doing a little bit different, such as looking at the opposite direction, or facing each other, we can have an exciting pose.
This one is my favourite couple poses to take candid photos. We will start by walking to a destination, depending on the background of the session, the photographer can help you chose an exciting path. Don’t forget to ask the photographer to take a series of these cute couple poses to save all the candid moments.
01. HOLDING HAND POSE
Just pure, holding each other hands, walk to a spot, don’t forget to look and talk to each other. Sometimes the man leads his partner so that they won’t block each other from the view of the camera.
Tips: to make it look natural, try to forget about the camera, just pretend you two are jogging in a park.
02. HOLDING THE SHOULDER POSE
This one works best for young couples. Sometimes I want to make a casual pose, like the man holding his girlfriend’s shoulder and they walk on the street. A shoot from behind is must be tried.
03. WALKING UP THE STAIR POSE
Taking her hand to guide her up the stairs, don’t forget to keep your eyes on her gentlemen.
The next tutorial is an exciting part of a session. The kissing pose is one of the best couple poses you should have in your photoshoot. The pose is not only useful for couple poses but also must-have for engagement photos. Everyone (I mean mostly adults) know how to kiss, but make your kisses look to nature and intimate in photos, you should see some technique.
01. TEASER KISS POSE
This romantic pose is like kiss anticipation where the couple’s lips parted less than half an inch from kissing. One can place his or her hand on their partner neck, make sure his or her thumb is on the face. Tips: To make this become more aesthetic pose, make the hips closer.
02. LIP KISS POSES
After a teaser, let take one more step to make a kiss pose. When kissing your partner, it’s easy to do so if you tilt your face a little bit. This cute couple pose will never get old. It's a must-have pose for your wedding photos.
Tips: close your eyes when kissing to forget about everything else.
03. FOREHEAD KISSING POSE
The best couple poses should honor the beauty and affection of the couple and reduce the difference or disadvantages. Sometimes, there is a height difference between you and your boyfriend. So having a forehead kiss will mitigate these differences.
04. CHEEKBONE KISS POSE
With this pose, the best way to preserve the mood is the lady closes her eyes, relaxes her entire body, and to have just a hint of a smile on her face, or she can make a full smile when her partner kisses her.
05. TANGO KISS POSE
I love this romantic pose so much because of the intimate look of the couple. It appears in a lot of wedding photographs. Don’t forget to put this pose on your wedding poses checklist.
Couples, this part is for romantic poses. Let’s learn some hugging poses.
01. “I LOVE YOU SO MUCH” HUG
In this case, we have an “I love you so much hug,” and therefore, the bride’s chin should be up, as it is in this case. If the chin is down, then the hug becomes a “You are my warm, cosy blanket” hug. If one hand is higher than the other, the hug becomes more believable and romantic to the viewer.
03. HIM BEHIND HER
This pose can be called “feature pose”. The man hugs his girl from behind and keeps looking at her while she looks at the camera with a confident looking.
TIP: The couple can talk to each other to make a more casual pose.
04. HER BEHIND HIM
We often use this pose when we want to show her beauty shoulder. Her eyes are closing, and her chin turning down a little bit bring an intimate look to the viewer.
06. I FEEL SAVE POSE
This pose works best for the couple has significant height difference. Lady, you can give him a lovely hug and gently lean on his chest.
PLAYFUL, MOVEMENT, AND CUTE POSES
To have the best couple poses, couples should have some poses which bring joyful, dynamic emotions. If you are looking for casual and fun poses, this part is for you.
01. LIFTING HER POSE
To make the pose more intimate couple photos, when you lift her, don’t forget to kiss her. This type of cute couple poses works best when you want some movement and active mood in your photos.
02. CARRY HER POSE
If you want a cute pose, this is a must. This couple pose will require a little bit of strength then you better prepare for that, guys!
03. SHOULDER SIT POSES
Man, it’s time to show your strength. This fun pose is definitely for young couples.
04. TURING AROUND POSES
Speaking about couple poses, this pose is so adorable. Man, you can turn her around and around when lift or carry her. Let’s have some fun!
05. TWIRL POSE
This one is one of my favourite cute couple poses. An airy dress will be a perfect prop for this pose.
06. RUNAWAY POSE
Let’s take her hand and run away. Why not? You will near get bored with this pose idea. This pose is one of the best poses for the couple who want to have fun in a couple photoshoot.
It’s time to take a rest by taking some cute sitting poses. This technique is also useful to reduce height differences. Just finding a nearby bench to take a couple of minutes to sit next together.
01. BENCH SITTING POSE
We love candid and intimate poses. In this picture, by having the couple talk close to each other and having gentle touches, we bring an intimate feeling to the photo.
02. BY YOUR SIDE POSE
"Man is always looking for someone to boast to; woman is always looking for a shoulder to put her head on."
03. RIVER CHILLING POSE
What is more romantic than when you two sat together on a sunset afternoon on the banks of the Seine.
04. CUTE COUPLE POSE
Let’s make her laugh. The most beautiful curve of a woman is her smile.
MATERNITY COUPLE POSES
You and your husband are looking forward to your soon-to-be-born child. A pregnancy photography session is indispensable to record the best images when you are about to be a mother. Here are some of the best couple poses for maternity couple.
01. PREGNANT MOM POSE
Of course, pregnant mom will be the protagonist in the maternity couple photoshoot; there's no reason not to have a pregnant portrait. Therefore, it is one of maternity couple portrait poses you should put in your list.
So how to get the most natural pregnancy photo?
First, stand comfortably. For pregnant mom, to be able to show the pregnant naturally, instead of face to face with the camera, you should turn left or right, depending on your favourite sides. Don't think that the pregnant mom can’t have any curve. Try to put your weight on one leg and push the other leg up a bit. Voila, you will still look very natural and charming. At this point, you can transform your poses by looking at the camera or looking at your pregnant belly. Don't forget to use your hand to support your belly gently.
02. DAD WITH BELLY
Now it's time for dad to appear in your maternity photos. In addition to the maternity couple poses above, one of the most beautiful poses is Dad With Belly pose. At that time, dad will kneel and kiss mommy pregnant belly. Surely the child in the abdomen will also feel the love of the father there.
Pro tips: to give the photo a more intimate connection, in addition to applying the suggestions from the previous pose, mommy can look at dad affectionately.
03. MATERNITY COUPLE SITTING
Sitting pose is one of the most comfortable maternity poses for a pregnant mom. The couple can choose where there is much nature, a lake to perform this maternity couple pose. For dad, the best sitting posture is to have one knee raise, as shown in the picture. And pregnant mom should have posture properly to avoid back pain. Draw yourself up and accentuate the curve of your back as far as possible. Don't forget to add a little connection to the image by touching or talking to each other.
04. MATERNITY COUPLE WALKING
Perhaps walking is one of the most common activities of pregnant mom, and this is also one of the worthwhile maternity couple poses. To perform this couple pose, you can choose a place with lots of trees and sunshine, and you and your partner will go on a walk together. The photographer will capture the most natural moments at this time.
SAME-SEX COUPLE POSES
The biggest goal of a couple photographer is to find a way to reveal true love, emotions of couples. Each couple with different personalities, from different cultures, with different customs and cultural norms, will need to have some different practical techniques. And that's also true When it comes to same-sex couple. Apart from the above poses couples, you can use for same-sex couple photoshoot, here are some other examples that are very useful for the same-sex couple poses.
01. Close Up Holding Hand Pose
To make things easier, instead of taking stiff posing photos, we can start with a few close-ups shot of a couple’s hands holding. This is a way to make taking photos of couples easier and more comfortable at the beginning. I really like this pose because somehow we can find interesting things from couples, like their engagement rings or meaningful tattoos.
02. Silent Touching Pose
This is one of the ways that can reveal true love moments of same-sex couples. Sometimes just telling the couple to talk like normal days, maybe having a little touching and for a moment, tell them to keep quiet for a few seconds and feel about each other. This is a fairly difficult technique but will help bring out the true feelings of the same-sex couple. And of course, this is not a pose but a technique that helps couples get the most emotional moments for a couple photoshoot.
03. Head To Head Pose
To make this pose more believable, let's share a happy or funny story so you two can laugh.
04. Couple Editorial Pose
Ok, you may think the previous instruction is a bit difficult to implement, this is one of the most practical poses you can try. The editorial couple pose is a posing way to express a story, personality, or characteristics of a couple. Do not think this is a stiff pose. Sometimes just by you and your partner staring at the camera, empty your mind, and asking the photographer to capture two of you. This Pose needs a bit of investment in costumes, and context to be able to tell the most about your story.
05. Same-sex couple featured pose
The featured pose is a pose where you want to focus on just one of the two. There are many ways to perform this pose. One of the simplest is that either of you will share a story with the other partner, perhaps by whispering. And remember, the story has to be interesting because we want to see happiness in photos.
06. Serial Fun Activities Poses
Now for the fun part. If you like candid poses, this is the pose you should try. Try a sequence of fun actions. You or your partner can take the lead. Think of a series of activities like holding hands and going in the same direction, and then you can give each other a sudden kiss, then you can run, have a dance, and then you can hug each one tightly and so on ... The moments taken will be really natural and you will be surprised by how good these poses are.
COUPLE SILHOUETTE POSES
If you want to add a bit of creativity to your couple photos, don't forget to try taking couple silhoutte photos. Look for areas with sun, or relatively strong light sources. I really like the time after sunrise or before sunset. Here are some of the couple poses that are great for silhoutee photography. You can completely learn the specific technique from the previous sections.
01. Sitting Side by side
02. Following You
03. Romantic Couple Silhoutte
04. Kissing Couple Silhouette
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