Posing Touch Points


Incredible Engagement Photography


Lesson Info

Posing Touch Points

Touchpoints, this is their body language. So basically, the more points of contact on the body, the more romantic a shot is getting, right? The less points of contact, I usually say whimsical, a shot gets very whimsical. You know, the shots where they're standing apart and they're holding hands in the center, or they might even be like standing apart looking at each other, those kind of things. It gets very whimsical, very kind of playful type stuff. Alright, so let me show you guys. So body language, more touchpoints, more romantic. Case in point. Aw, look at that. This is during our pre-shoot and I was like, hey guys, so more touch points means more romantic, and she's like, mmm. So look at this! (audience laughter) Boom, got got one, two, three, four, five, six, seven... Like, 20 something touch points. That's amazing, perfect. I used the word brilliant because he's English. Okay, you guys can take a break for one sec and I'll bring you guys back in just a minute. Let's go to this n...

ext one. So this is kind of a case in point. What they're doing here, if you think about what they're doing in your head, right? Here, they're kissing, which, would you not agree, that's a pretty intimate thing? I wouldn't go and kiss you, Steve, unless, you know, we were a little bit tighter that we are. Yeah. You know, that's just not... Yeah? Okay. So this is a kiss on the forehead, right? So which one is actually a more intimate action? Is not this one a more intimae action? Kissing on the lips is a more intimate action, but which one feels more romantic? That one, right? So when we analyze it, it's the touch points. So we only have two touch points here, versus this shot that has connections throughout the entire image. (audience member mumbling) What's that? I think their expressions too. That's definitely part of it too, definitely part of it. But honestly, if you imagine if she was looking into the camera, which I have that shot too, it's still gonna feel very romantic. If she was smiling and laughing when he was holding onto her that tight, it's still gonna feel very romantic. But expression does have a definite impact. So we did this head angle a second ago. There's head angle... I wanted to use my high school prom shot for this but they told me no, 'cause me and my date, you can see all the people posed are like, ahh, ahh, their heads close together, and then me and my date were like (honk), we're like... Yeah, it wasn't a good thing, but head angle in means it has a symbol of closeness, okay? So when you put two people together, and we're gonna demonstrate it in just a second, but when you have two people together and one of their heads are going away, it's generally not a good thing. It generally is gonna mean a lack of closeness there or... Oftentimes it's a lack of comfort with each other, right? Case in point. Here it's like, bros? This is my... I'm gonna do this a lot throughout this entire course. The people that are in the the slides, I'm gonna mention their names. They're incredible photographers, all of them, Check them out, they're really great. Is this John? That's John, right? Uh, yes. Yeah, John Curotto. This is Matt Roberts. Okay, so that's bros, head angle's kinda far apart, okay, but this one is bros, you know what I mean? And that's Trevor Dayley and Steven Fusella. I love his last name, Fusella. Okay. Head angle, people. I'm gonna leave it up there. If anybody wants to take a picture, screenshot, if you're at home right now, yeah, get the phone out. It's awesome. Okay. My wife will appreciate that. I figured that. Okay, so in reality... Now, this shot right here, what's happening is that our minds might go, hey, I kind of like this photograph a little bit better, and there's two things that might make you think that way, but you might not know it, okay? Well, the obvious thing is that his expression right here doesn't quite match what her expression is doing there, but the second thing is that the head angle, it doesn't match the body language, do you know what I'm saying? She's hugging into him with her head going away. So these are the whys that I want you guys to know, because when you look at that at first you go, there's something off about it. I want, at the end of this course, for you to go whether it's the lighting, whether it's the posing, whether it's whatever. I want you to identify what it is that makes it that way so you can fix it. So with the head angle in, the body body languages match and we get a really great shot, and we had him smile for that. Now, there's kind of a thing with head angle and laughing, by the way. Do you guys notice that if you put a couple together... Let me do this for a second. Lemme have you guys come in close together and I'm gonna have you just hug onto his arm, and then Travis, open up to the audience. Perfect, just like that. Now Travis, you're looking towards her, and if you were to laugh, what is your natural reaction when you laugh? (laughter) Okay. Your general natural reaction is not when you're... When you're laughing, you don't really look into each other's eyes. You usually laugh and the person looks away, okay? That is the one time where head angle and this kind of stuff doesn't really apply. If you capture in a good laugh and she's kind of going with her head away, it's totally fine. That's how it should look. If you were to say, okay, laugh but look at each other. (laughter) Well, that might actually work 'cause they're professionals. That was actually pretty good, but you get what I'm saying. Alright, thanks guys.

Class Description

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:

  • Use simple on- and off-camera flash lighting
  • Communicate effectively to devise creative, meaningful poses
  • Develop post-processing and overall workflow 
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. 

Conducting an engagement photography shoot requires a delicate mix of technical and interpersonal skills – but not an abundance of expensive, demanding equipment.