If our married couple is willing, we will often have them go into dance type poses for their wedding photography session. This simply involves placing the SF City Hall couple in dancing poses and having them try different (and simple) positions. In the image above we asked the groom to dip the bride slightly on the second floor of San Francisco city hall. We coached the groom on how to handle this in a safe and comfortable manner. We never push our married couples into anything they are not comfortable with. We do occasionally get couples who only want to do simple poses. In this particular case, the couple really went for it and dipped far beyond what we asked for. That works too! Then sometimes we end up with a bride and groom who are actually dancers or at the very least take ball room dancing lessons. When that happens, we let the couple take the lead! They can tell us more about what they are capable of doing then we can. This is when it gets fun with regard to dance poses. We just need to be ready with our cameras to capture the action.
We talk a lot about posing throughout our website, but never really go into detail regarding how we really do it. There are a great many ways to show a couple how to pose and we have found that different techniques work better for certain couples while others might benefit from another approach. The best wedding photographers can figure out how to help their newlyweds work with them to obtain the desired poses. This will lead to a better result and one that the couple will like better. I am going to create a list below of some of the most basic techniques and their benefits: