On my way home from shooting a couple’s engagement session, I realized I had used not just one but THREE movie references during the shoot to guide the couple into poses. Yes, I’m guilty of using chick flicks to explain photo poses…don’t judge! ;)
Here’s the movie references and when I use them:
Hitch – Go 90% of the way to a kiss
Hitch is teaching Albert how to woo his dream girl and says you never go 100% of the way to a kiss.
I like to use this 90% reference to get couples nice and close, but not quite kissing. Sometimes, it’s the moments right before you kiss that are most photogenic.
This is especially useful when doing silhouette photos, since, as soon as you kiss each other, your faces will merge to form a two-headed blob like a siamese twin. While if you keep that last 10% apart, your profiles are visible.
Here are a few examples:
While You Were Sleeping – Is this guy leaning?
In While You Were Sleeping, Jack and Lucy talk about the difference between hugging and leaning.
The Lean is a fun pose anywhere there’s a wall or tree or something to lean on. It’s a great starting off point to play around and get some fun interactions.
Princess Diaries – The foot pop
Often when I’m shooting and I know your feet will show, I’ll tell you to make your foot pop a little. Like in Princess Diaries!
This pose can look awkward if you exaggerate the pop, but a small relaxed lift or tiptoe looks great.
So, these are some ideas I like to use for poses during photo shoots with couples.
REMEMBER: These poses aren’t stiff rules to follow. Each one is just a starting off place to which we add some emotions and interactions to make the photos feel exciting and real!
Can you think of any other movie references I can try?
BONUS ROUND: Me, doing the “Garden State”