Ashley Newman Photography
The perfectly curated photos you see on insta or in your friend’s feeds had some help, and you can too! From assistance with picking out the perfect outfits, finding the best location, to making sure you look comfortable, a good photographer can go a long way.
Committing to taking photos can feel overwhelming- where do I put my hands…am I standing weird…where do I look…? With all the attention on the two of you, it’s enough to give any one anxiety.
You’ve already found your human, so let me do the rest!
My method is less posed, and more of a guide. I like to feel out my couples and get to know them a little before a session. I make suggestions on how to stand, where to look and how to move as we settle in- but there is no perfect formula for posing. It’s a lot about how everyone feels in the moment, and that is why I put together this guide for posing!
Here are my top tips for posing at your next session:
- Start Slow- begin your session by walking or holding hands and exploring the location together. If you have a favorite drink, bring that to loosen up and relax. Set the tone for yourself and remember that when you are having fun, the experience will flow much easier- take the pressure off and enjoy.
- Speak Up- if it feels too awkward, tell your photographer. Sometimes, when I am posing someone, I can sense a level of discomfort, and I will immediately change the pose. It happens! The way I see it in my mind and how it actually looks doesn’t translate and that is ok. I will always tell you if I don’t think it works- so always be open and tell me!
- Keep Moving- as the session progresses, expect movement. Come prepared to dance, sway, hold one another and walk around while we explore our location and find connections that work for you.
- Decide on Intimacy- not everyone feels comfortable with PDA. Let your photographer know your comfort level with showing affection. Do you want more images posed looking at the camera? Or something intimate and touchy-feely? My personal style is a lot less focused on looking at the camera, and more on your connections and storytelling. No matter what you prefer, make sure to communicate that and look at the portfolio of the photographer you are considering.
- Touching- if you have worked with me before, you have heard me say, “no dead arms”. Touch each other! We know you are here because you are crazy in love! A simple touch on the shoulder, cheek or neck can elevate an image instantly.
At the end of the day, you can look at hundreds of poses on Pinterest and instagram to get inspiration and still never truly replicate or capture them exactly. Every session is different and every connection is unique. I am always open to looking at inspiration, but at the end of the day your true connections and what feels good for *you* is way more important that what someone else is doing. Trust your photographer and let them guide you through the session.