Why do you get this guide for free? Because I empathize. I care. No matter what photographer you choose, I want you to LOVE your images. I understand how scary posing can be. I remember when my best friend got married, she was so excited when she had finally received her wedding photos. As we pulled up her wedding photos to view the slideshow with the rest of our friends and her hubby, I remember her having a huge smile, but suddenly she looked devastated as we got to bride & groom portraits.
After we were done viewing the images, I asked why she looked so upset, and she said, “I look horrible, I mean I get that I am not super skinny but I like the way I look when you take my picture, I look awful in every pose, most of them are so stiff and unhappy or fake.”
The literal worst, right?
You spend all of this time and money dreaming of your big day and excited to have beautiful images to look at afterwards then see yourself and your loved ones and get disappointed. Only, it isn’t you, it was your photographer. Because of her experience I decided to take workshops and practice posing not only brides, but couples. Because your wedding day is not just yours. I want you to both look and feel amazing. I knew my next goal. To master the art of posing. Unfortunately, there are so many artists that focus on only one part of capturing weddings. Details. While details are incredible, they are not the only thing, beautiful composition, choosing the right backgrounds, and posing are so very important. As a photographer, you must not neglect any area, but especially posing. Brides deserve your attention. So I decided to dig a little deeper and heard some chilling facts when I came across one study in particular. And I came across this study by my friend Jordan, that mentioned that almost 40% of brides had regrets when it came to their wedding photos. “Insane” That was the word that came to mind. I would have never imagined that almost half of the brides felt this way.
1. “Our photographer was playing on their phone the entire time and we had to ask them to take our pictures 5+ times.”
2. “The photographer did not know how to prompt us or pose us, beyond literally saying cheese for every picture!”
3. “All we got back were detail pictures, no candids, none of our friends and family laughing and none of us other than posing. ” Those are just a few of the ones we read.
As an artist and professional, I can’t imagine ever leaving a bride feeling this way…My brides have never done anything other than rave about me publicly and shouted my praises, something I am so grateful for. I just can’t picture leaving a bride unhappy. Like Joshua & Jessica who said, “I’ll always go back to Eva to do our pictures, because she has a way of brilliantly capturing true joy and love in every photo.”
Now that you understand the why, let’s get to the good stuff, eh?