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FAST CLASS: Posing 101

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Shoot: Bridal Couple Poses

Lindsay Adler

FAST CLASS: Posing 101

Lindsay Adler

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19. Shoot: Bridal Couple Poses


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1 Introduction To Posing Duration:04:38
3 Posing Guidelines Duration:16:05
6 Posing For Body Types Duration:05:00
7 Posing & Shooting Flaws Duration:03:59
8 Male Posing Guides Duration:03:41
9 Couples Duration:05:10
12 Shoot: Mature Male Poses Duration:01:47
13 Shoot: Mature Female Poses Duration:02:02
14 Shoot: Boudoir Poses Duration:03:45
15 Shoot: Plus Size Poses Duration:01:57
17 Shoot: Mature Couple Poses Duration:02:17
19 Shoot: Bridal Couple Poses Duration:02:06
20 Shoot: Group Poses Duration:02:38
21 Shoot: Bridal Party Poses Duration:03:00
22 Shoot: Family Poses Duration:03:49
24 Shoot: Single Child Poses Duration:03:56
25 Shoot: Maternity Poses Duration:04:55
26 Shoot: Maternity Couple Poses Duration:02:15
27 Shoot: Same-Sex Couple Poses Duration:02:00
28 Shoot: Fashion Female Poses Duration:03:12
29 Shoot: Beauty Poses Duration:02:19

Lesson Info

Shoot: Bridal Couple Poses

All right, let me go through my top five guidelines for photographing a bridal couple together. Um, avoid smooshy kiss pictures and intersecting noses. So a lot of times, because I'll say you want intimacy. You want multiple points of interaction, which is something I say in the couple section. When I say this, then people get a little too close. You don't want noses pushed together. You don't want noses overlapping and you don't want Smith, she kisses. So yes, multiple points of interaction. Intimacy Just not smushed into Missy. Um, Number two is It's not about a 1,000, different poses. You want to try unusual crops in depth of field to make poses look more dynamic and intimate. So it's It's not that you need to be doing a bunch of from poses, but crop in an unusual way. Tighter crops, unusual angles. I think that particularly for the bridal couple, you use more unusual depth of fields and one more unusual crops than any other type of portrait. Number three is to use that dok to occup...

y the bride's hands so you don't always need to figure out where her hand go. She can just hold the book a softly or to her hip. Eso utilize that to your benefit, but it doesn't mean it needs to be in every single shot. Number four is ring hands visible if you're going to be posing. So this, um, if you're gonna be posing with hands so this makes a difference of who's on what side because, for example, left hand, we need to go up on the person's chest of the girl would need to be on this side if you wanted to be able to see the ring finger versus switching. It's not going to be visible, so it just kind of keep that in mind. And then Number five is. They paid a lot of money for their suits, and they hate a lot of money for their dresses, and they wanted to look good. So you don't want to pick poses where everything Bunches up. You really do have to pay attention to those things, and there are a lot of poses you can't do in a suit in an address. So on the wedding day, there's a few essential ones. You work your angles on and keep these tips in mind

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Full-length class:  Posing 101 with Lindsay Adler

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  • Use camera angle, lens choice, and cropping to improve your poses
  • Hide unflattering problem areas
  • Address different body types through posing and wardrobe
  • Go for simple poses rather than extravagant ones
  • Pose couples, individuals, and groups to ensure everyone looks good
  • Understand the differences between posing women and men


Posing is one of the fundamentals of great photography. It’s also the thing that photographers have the least control over. We can choose our lenses, set up, lighting, and retouch with Adobe® Photoshop®. But when it comes to photography poses, we need to pay attention and work closely with our subjects to find the perfect pose and the best way to capture the most flattering image.

Fashion and portrait photographer Lindsay Adler will break down the fundamentals of perfect posing, giving you the basic rules you should follow to make your subjects and your photos look their best. Through live photo shoots and slides, Lindsay demonstrates the do’s and don’ts for every category of subject, including men, women, older people, couples, brides and grooms, groups, and more.

In this class, you’ll learn how to:

  • Connect with your subjects through sincere compliments, repeating their name and discovering their passions.
  • Avoid using negative terms that will make subjects feel ill at ease.
  • Master the rules of posing, then know when to break them.
  • Be confident when posing couples at a wedding whether it's a bride and groom, mature couple or same-sex couple.

This course is perfect for novice photographers just getting their feet wet in the world of portrait photography, but it also offers useful advice and techniques for even the most skilled professionals. By the end, you’ll be able to discover the beauty in every one of your subjects and bring it out for the world to see.


  • All levels of photographers who want to set themselves apart and up their posing game.
  • Professional photographers who want to learn new ways of posing women, men, children, couples, and groups so they can impress current clients and attract new ones.
  • Hobbyist photographers who want to learn to pose their family and friends.


Samantha Riegels

This is a great course for a quick reminder of things to keep in mind when headed out for a particular shoot. It's bullet points. General principals. If you are new to posing, you'll want a more in-depth course where she has live models and is positioning them rather than just talking about posing techniques. But for a Fast Class, I think this is perfect. Wonderful job, as always Lindsay!

a Creativelive Student

Fantastic quick but comprehensive summary of the key points for many different types of shoot. As always Lindsay Adlers delivers excellense. Brilliant