I photograph a lot of engagement sessions.  A LOT.  One thing that my clients love is that I am really fast with posing and moving on to the next location.  It allows us to get a lot of different pictures with a huge variety, without much time or effort involved.

You probably looked through my Location Guide already, but that is the first step in planning your engagement session.  You need to have a unique place that tells your story.  My location guide goes over several of my favorite spots in the Dallas area.

Once we arrive, that is when the magic starts.  I like conducting my sessions as though you are on a date… and you’re famous, as you have paparazzi following you =)  Really, though, I definitely love capturing the cute and cuddly poses and emotions that go along with them.  Here are a few of my favorite poses that I may reference in our time together.

Stand together and look at the camera
I’ll start with one of the easiest poses, and generally one that I start out with.  It is more traditional in nature, but they make great profile pictures and gifts for mom and grandma (they want to see your beautiful face, of course)

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Sitting down looking at the camera
Closely related to the first set of posing would be the sitting down and looking at the camera poses.  The thing tricky about these would be where to put your legs and arms.  I typically will have the guy’s knees bent upwards, and the girls legs wrapped to the side while holding onto her fiance.

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Get Together and Cuddle
This is harder than it sounds in order to look natural.  You just come in real close together, put your arms around each other and do whatever is normal to you.  For some, it is to laugh.  For others, it is to be sweet and sentimental.  Just do you, as I am trying to capture what naturally occurs between the two of you.

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Forehead to Forehead
Ok, so this one always gives me strange looks from my couple, but that’s only because they can’t visualize it at first.  They always love the shot later when they see it.  This is probably my absolute favorite pose, and the one I use quite often.  It often shows a quiet emotion and love between the couple.

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The Kiss Shot
The last pose goes naturally into a kiss shot.  Now, I don’t suggest a lot of kissing shots, but what is an engagement session without at least a few??

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Prom Pose
It’s not near as bad as it sounds, but I don’t know how to describe it any other way.  It is simply that you two are facing the same direction (at an angle toward the camera).  Again, you can be doing anything that comes natural… or as natural as prom pose can get, anyway.

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Laying On the Ground
There’s a right way to do laying on the ground, and a very very wrong way.  If done wrong, you just look deceased, and I like to show my clients alive.  =)  Here are some laying on the ground shots that I totally love, though.

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Only her looking at the camera
This one is pretty classic too, and it is really cute.  It can be done in any position and looks great either way.

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Close up with a hand on the face
I don’t have many of these because it’s honestly pretty hard to make it look natural.  Afterall, it’s not like we always sit around and just put our hands on each other’s faces.  Right?  The ones I like the best showcase the ring or his expression.

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Do what you do – The non-pose
These are my favorite non-poses.  What that means is simply, you are doing whatever it is you do and I am capturing the magic happening between you two.  Enjoying the fair?  Awesome.  Playing guitar?  Yes, please!  How about riding a bike?  Let’s do it.  I typically save these for the middle of the session because it is just fun to kick back and play, without the pressure of taking pictures.

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Reflection Shots
This isn’t so much a posing technique as it is a creative one.  The only reason I include them in this guide is to give you an idea of what I might be looking at.  I sometimes get strange glances from my couple that see me pointing my camera in the other direction… this is why…

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Silhouette Shots
The only really tricky thing about a silhouette shot is that you need to have some details (preferably the outline of your faces).  Otherwise, you will look like a giant blob.  We don’t want that!

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This guide is by far not comprehensive and doesn’t include very kind of shot.  There is a lot of room for spontaneity and fun, as well as creative ideas from either you, me, or Pinterest.

To schedule a session or consultation, please email me at christina@christinatruelove.com or call/text 469-432-2245.