Let's go into the foundation posing. So guys, this is the piece that I have my clients understand I tell them this. There's five basic poses that literally almost every pose that you can think of come from these five positions. So let me teach you. Take notes, people. This is your money's worth right here! (participants laugh) We're getting right to it! So (chuckles) let's see. What we're gonna do, and do you guys by chance have preferred sides?
Yeah, this side.
Yeah okay. So we're gonna pose you on that side for all of our stuff. So for the entire shoot we'll have you pose on that side. So the V-up. This is the first one I want to show you guys is basically all you're gonna do is you're gonna stand together. And then Travis you're gonna bring your arm around over her back arm. There you go and go right onto her hip right here. Perfect! And then your hand can stay. You can put it on his back or you can also leave it relaxed, it doesn't really matter, Danielle. Then ...
with this hand you're just gonna give me a tiny bit of space, so I can see. Perfect, and then this hand can go in the pocket. And we call this the V-up because they're basically making a V shape. So what I'll have you guys do is tilt the heads slightly in towards each other. And this is, if you look at this, this is the pose that they do on everywhere, like a celebrity couple walking down a red carpet, and they pause and take a picture. This is that pose, why? Because it looks good. There's a few things that this pose does, okay. Generally the guy's gonna open up the shoulder just a little bit, so he has a nice powerful stance in the shot. He's using part of his body to conceal hers, so it's gonna slim her down. She has her curve front and center. If she has a pull on the dress you can see it. We have space between here, so we can see where her back and her arch of her back is. And we have a perfect shot of their faces. That is the shot that is gonna be used on every red carpet. So we call it a V because your shoulders make a V. Now here's the, (chuckles) the best part about this. If I say to you guys, the shoulder, where your shoulder's touching, if you pretend that that's the hinge on a door, and if I just say, Travis, open. Perfect. Travis, close. (Danielle laughs) Danielle, open. Danielle, close. Ah! Magical! (participants laughing) Can I get some booms?
Thank you. Got to be a little bit louder, 'cause you don't have mics on, so. (participants laughing) Be louder, so when I say, "Can I get a boom?" It's not like (whispers) ah, like from the audience's side, you know what I mean? Okay, so. Next, I'm gonna say, guys do this. Go into a closed posed. What do you guys think that would be? Okay, perfect. Closed is your feet facing in toward each other, chests are completely closed toward each other and away from the camera. So when I say closed, it means in relation to the camera. If I say go into an open pose, what do you think that means? Perfect, now hold hands right in the center, feet facing forward. An open pose, okay. You guys haven't done this before, right? In terms of like these poses, like nobody, we didn't practice this?
Good. You can take a couple that's never posed before, do this and they know naturally, 'cause now you're giving them context, you're giving them kind of a very simple, practical way of understanding how to pose. The next one we're gonna do is stacked. So stacked means one person's feet goes over the other. And one person's back is to one's chest. So if I say you stack in front of in front of Travis. Perfect, stacked. Okay, and then the last one is reverse. And this is a little bit more of an advanced one that we'll do like kind of later on, but it's fun because we can create really unique looks. So what that means is one person's feet is going one way and the other's going the other. So Danielle, let's have you face the audience and Travis you face the wall. Perfect, and usually with this pose, we'll do things like, Travis you're gonna look towards her. Perfect. And we're gonna get like type props and we can get like really cool like different types of shots. You can have him hug on her arm, focus on her eyes, those kinds of things, okay? Now tell me, do not almost every pose, guys go back to, go to a closed pose. Here we have a romantic closed pose right. Take a step apart from each other. Hold hands in the middle. Perfect. Lean across for a kiss. (participant laughing) You guys can actually kiss it's okay. (Travis and participant laughing) Perfect. Go into a open pose to the camera. So just open, hug onto his arm, perfect. Look towards her, great. Now hug onto his arm, Travis let your arm drop to your pocket. Perfect, now walk forward. Perfect. Like literally, almost every pose is based on these five feet positions. And they now know them and that's as long as it took, was just five minutes of explaining to get them to that point. And now what you're gonna do is, you don't want to over explain things to the clients. That's all they really need to know, at this point you start shooting, okay? As we go we give them a little bit more tips along the way. We give them a little more tips and guidance and we're watching for things now. So. Thank you guys, that was amazing. Actually I'm gonna steal, let's give them a round of applause. (participants applauding)
Couples want to capture their commitment to each other in high-quality, creatively shot photographs. They also expect their bliss to appear natural and evocative. Photographers who are trying to build their engagement photography portfolio need to be able to juggle both technical and creative expectations. Pye Jirsa’s Incredible Engagement Photography will teach students how to strike this balance with basic equipment.
In this course, you’ll discover how to:
Drawing on lessons taught in Pye’s other courses (Photography 101, Lighting 101, and Lighting 201), you will learn how to adapt to a variety of different lighting situations – indoor and outdoor, natural and urban. You’ll also gain a sense of the importance of storytelling and of developing a disarming interaction style for putting couples at ease during a shoot.
- Use simple on- and off-camera flash lighting
- Communicate effectively to devise creative, meaningful poses
- Develop post-processing and overall workflow
Conducting an engagement photography shoot requires a delicate mix of technical and interpersonal skills – but not an abundance of expensive, demanding equipment.