How to Shoot - Groom Portraits & Posing
Ok, we're here outside and I wanna go through some posing on how to photograph our groom James here. Say hi James. So right now I don't have my full set up for the wedding. I'm just out here, uh, during sort of the getting ready time, the girls are still getting ready. They're getting their makeup and their hair done and the dress is done. There's a lot going on there. I've taken James away from the groomsmen and we're outside in the shade and I have my 24 to 70 with my mirrorless camera and we're gonna start with just that I actually am just using the strap right now because I don't need my dual set up and, uh, we're actually gonna get rid of this for now. So we'll start with the 24 to 70 we're gonna pose them a couple of different ways and then I'm gonna work my way in. So we'll start with the 24 to 70 then we'll shift to a tighter lens and see how that goes. So it's a little warm out here. So we're gonna kind of do this quickly. Um, so, uh, yeah, go ahead and uh follow along. All ri...
ght, James. So if you could just start out with just um yeah, like you had your hands there and just square off to me really quick and then we're getting a little bit of uh sun on your face. So maybe let's just move that way. Yeah. Feel good there. All right. And let's turn the camera on. That helps. And if you're looking just right at me. Perfect. Fantastic. Now if you can uh yeah, big smile, look at you, you're posing, you know what you're doing. So if you go ahead and look down at your feet for me. Perfect. Yeah, that's good. And then back up at me. Very good. And then if you go ahead and just put your hands in your pockets, both hands in your pockets. Yeah. Nice square enough to me. That looks great. Good job. Big smile. Cheesy smile. Now look all the way to your right. Just your head. Yeah. Fantastic. And then back at me. Awesome, good job, man. And then um let's bring your left shoulder towards me a little bit more like extreme. Yeah, you can move it perfect and then just follow me with your head. There you go. Cool. Big smiles. Get a little bit closer. Fantastic. All right, cool. Now, if you could just um put your hands together like let's see what you do when I say that. Yeah, that's good. And then maybe like adjust your, adjust your, um, your, yeah, that, what's that called? I don't have a cuff, a cuff. Yeah, you're just adjusting your button and adjusting your sleeve. That's fantastic. Yeah, go ahead and do both. Great. Now, if you could do, uh, your hands kind of just behind your back like that. Very good. And then, um, let's, let's go profile. Let's bring your right shoulder all the way towards me. Yeah. Very good. Yeah, you can move your feet and then look at me like that. Yeah. Very good. Fantastic and smiles. You're getting married today, bud. It's so happy. Very cool. OK. And then now go ahead and face me again and let's put your hands in your pockets again and um go ahead and look down at your feet for me one more time. That's good and look like I know this is kind of weird, but look, there's a spot right here. Just look at that for me really quick. Fantastic. And then slowly look at me. Very good smiles. Awesome. All right, cool. So we just did. All right, we just shot with a 24 to 70. It's getting a little warm out here. I'm gonna switch to my 85 portrait lens because I like the way the background falls off with that lens. So let's go ahead and switch that and we'll run through the sort of the same quick poses that we just did. So I've switched to my 85 millimeter lens. This is a F 1.4 and I really love this lens as a portrait lens. Um We're gonna do kind of like half, half body up from the, from the stomach up as a kind of traditional portrait. So let's go ahead and run through some poses again. So I'll have you um squared off to me with your hands side like that perfect and then looking right at me fantastic. You, you can see how this photo has a lot more fall off at an F two in the background. The focus is really Boca and it looks very professional. Um Let's uh put your hands in your pocket again. Very good. And then go ahead and smiles. Yeah. Nice James. Look down at your feet for me. Very good over to that spot. Yep. And then look way over to your right big time. Nice, cool. And then you had a really cool pose earlier I saw with your hands like it was kind of like up. You're just like, yeah, like that. So I'm gonna use the 85 to get some really cool detail shots because he's got some cool tattoos on his hands and back to his face. Big smiles. Awesome, cool. Now let's put your hands in your pocket and bring one of your shoulders towards me. Whoa. Bugs. Yeah, you can move your feet. Yeah, that's good. Very regal, sir. It's looking awesome. Fantastic. And then look down at your feet for me. Cool. And then um keep stay right there. Actually. Go ahead and rotate back. Yeah. And then let's move you this way, the sun's starting to get you. You feel it all right. Maybe come this way. There it is right there. Yeah, that's better. So one thing I like to do with the 85 after I've gotten a nice traditional portrait is I'm gonna shoot, I'm gonna fill the entire frame with his suit and his body part of his face to make it look a little bit more avant garde. Um Sometimes I like doing this just to have options later. It makes a really good backdrop. Um If it's out of focus later, uh for like websites and stuff like that. So if you could go ahead and just, yeah, hold that and just look down at your hands for me really quick. And then if you can with just your eyes, look up at me nice. Now pick your head up a little bit. There you go. Keep picking it up. Fantastic. Smile, smiles. There you go. Fantastic, good. And then go ahead and let's bring your left shoulder towards me. You can move your feet if you need to dope. Very good. Let's try something. Let's have you look, keep that position, but look that way like with your whole head. Yeah. Awesome. You can smile a little bit. Picture your wife out there, your wife to be, I guess. There it is. Cool. All right, cool. This lady um All right, cool, cool. So now we've gotten like some really quick and easy poses of him just standing here. I'm gonna get my macro lens and get some close up macro shots of details very quickly. This is a picture. Just my nails in general. I don't know if they look good. Let me get you a little thing here. You can drop your hands if you want and then look down for me at your hands. Yeah, and just for prosperity because I use this camera as macro and as my side camera, I'm gonna take a couple portraits with it just because I like it and we're just kind of loose and uh yeah, that looks good. Now, go ahead and look out to that lady again. Nice and then down at your hands. Fantastic and then put your hands in your pockets for me. Cool and then back up at me, smiles very good. I mean kind of close, cool who I'm really close. So I always like shooting with this camera mostly because it's a fixed 28 millimeter and it's a little bit wider than we were doing with the 70 or the 85 and it just adds a little bit of difference. And that's what's so great about this lens in particular, it is not only a regular fixed 28 millimeter, but I can also switch it to macro. So I can shoot a portrait and then I can jump in and shoot the details where I need to. So that's some quick tips on posing a groom in a suit in an open sort of area. Let's go ahead and put him next to a tree really quick and just take a couple more shots. So sometimes you have objects that you may wanna use to help pose uh a person. And this is a good example of like a tree. We're gonna have him lean against the tree and see, I like to give my subjects a direction and see what it means to them and we'll see how it poses them and then work off of that. And sometimes you find that it's really great. Other times you find that it's not so great. So you may have to shift it. So we're just gonna tell him to go ahead and James, go ahead and just lean against the tree and let's see how you're feeling like what's comfortable for him. That looks pretty good. See, he did a really good job of just being comfortable. Now, he's in this position and normally I would have started shooting by now, but he naturally is leaning against a tree. And it's helpful to tell your subjects that because they will find the most comfortable position for themselves without you having to tell them. So go ahead and look at me once I turn the camera on, that's great. Big smiles. Look down at your shoes for me. Cool. I'm gonna back up. That looks great, man. Look off to your right. Big time. Yeah. And then go ahead and look at me. Big smiles, nice. And then down at your hands, four, that's just a real quick way to use an object. Tell them to pose, get comfortable and then you can see through these shots that they're a lot more natural. We've got some fall off and it's a little bit different than just standing there.