Shooting Star : Tips for Posing a Couple at a Wedding


A bit ago, I had the honor of shooting Sharon and Ivan’s Houston Wedding at The Parador (which later got featured in the national issue of The Knot Magazine!), but what I remember most from the day is working with such an amazing couple. I truly loved working with people who were in love and trusted their wedding photographer implicitly.

The backstory to the day was that it was hot. Like, TEXAS HOT. The type of hot that makes your sweat, sweat. And yet Sharon and Ivan reveled in the time they had to take wedding photos.

The videographer for the day was Robert Harrington from Bella Vista Productions and he sent me behind-the-scenes footage of me working with the couple on the wedding day. I–of course–died of mortification when I realized just how weird I was in real life. After a round of CPR, my husband revived me and suggested it might make for an installment of Shooting Star.

So that’s what today’s about: Tips for Posing a Couple on a Wedding Day

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Happy Wednesday!

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  1. Katelyn K.

    January 30th, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    Thank you so much for this advice. I’m one of those people that finds it a little difficult to direct and talk with clients, even if they’re my friends. It’s like when the camera comes up, so does my shy side. These tips will be really useful.

  2. Kristyn Burnette

    January 30th, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    Great tips of course, but I had to comment that I love your bun in this video! You look too cute! πŸ™‚

  3. Paige Overturf

    January 30th, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    SO GREAT!! Love seeing you work with your clients…helps put what you say into perspective. Love love love it!! Thank you for sharing!!

  4. Jennifer Hudspeth

    January 30th, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    This was very helpful!! I am so glad you are not afraid to post your experiences, even when your not so sure of them. : ) It makes me feel like maybe I am doing something right, as well!

  5. Jessica Lobdell

    January 30th, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    Great tips! Thank you for sharing.

  6. Rebecca Hagen

    January 30th, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    Jasmine – Thank you so much for sharing this! Love it!

  7. Rebekah Hoyt

    January 30th, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    This is SO super helpful! More often than I not, I find that I put my couples in the end pose rather than allowing them to move organically into that pose. Thank you for sharing this!

  8. John Lindroth

    January 30th, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    What great ideas. I love the concept of shooting into the pose. So much better than posing then shooting. Thanks!

  9. Stacy Bathrick

    January 30th, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    Certainly NO reason to be mortified. Talkative and chatty is the "bomb"!! The beautiful images that result from your style of working with a couple is evidence of that. Thanks for the most recent Shooting Star video. Great tips.

  10. Amanda West

    January 30th, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    AHHHHmazing!!!! no wonder every bride wants you, your energy on their special day causes them to focus on the happy instead of the nerves. LOVE it!!

  11. jordan brittley

    January 30th, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    awww yay!! I love shooting star videos πŸ™‚ Thanks girl!

  12. Marissa Nicole

    January 30th, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    Good stuff. I absolutely love the behind the scenes footage it makes me feel not so awkard for how much I talk & how excited I get when i shoot.

  13. Pat

    January 30th, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    Great. Thanks Jasmine! Very helpful.

  14. Jessica

    January 30th, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    you are SO not weird lol! Anyway, I have actually been working really hard on incorportaing movement into my sessions, I’d love to hear more tips on this and suggestions on what you tell the couple. Like that did you tell the bride to make her run up and pop up behind the groom the in first minute? thanks j*!!

  15. Jess

    January 30th, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    the BEST installment of Shooting Star, ever!

  16. Jessica Vidmar Photography

    January 30th, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    thanks jasmine! gosh, you seem so calm and relaxed – i’m impressed! I think you should be proud of that footage : )

  17. Grace Macias

    January 30th, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    Wow! This post is so helpful and brilliant! One of the hardest things for me is posing. Thank you so much for posting this!!

  18. Karrah Flores

    January 30th, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    Great video! I will definitely be trying those tips at my next wedding!

  19. Matt Renaud

    January 30th, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    Love it. Thanks for the helpful tips with great examples!

  20. Lissette

    January 30th, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    I love your suggestions and advice. It comes so very natural to you. I just need to just do it and display that same confidence while speaking to my couples and making them feel comfortable. Thanks again for all your help!

  21. Paige Ewing

    January 30th, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    You had me laughing throughout the video. Great post. Besides your pictures, couples love you as their photographer bc of your personality:) Loved the advice. I’ve been using it since your trip to ATL for theFix. ((love the bun, btw))

  22. Natasha

    January 30th, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    As always loved shooting star!… and loving the updo – suits you x

  23. Cole Gorman

    January 30th, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    Lovin’ this one! Biggest (of many) of my weaknesses on any given wedding day and this was truly helpful. Thank you, Jasmine, for being so willing to share.

  24. Whitney Lane

    January 30th, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    Love it Jasmine! So great to see what you were conveying to us in ReSTARt in action on a wedding day πŸ™‚

  25. KIM

    January 30th, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    Love this one!! Thank you!

  26. Tom Harmon Photography

    January 30th, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    Such a great video. I learned a ton.

  27. kirk willcox

    January 30th, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    YAY anther video. Thanks for the tips Jasmine, and love your hair like that too.

  28. jennifer

    January 30th, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    What a great video post. I’m a novice and mostly take pics of my friends and their events for fun. You’ve got excellent on camera likeability!

  29. sadiemae

    January 30th, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    I love this video!
    PS–love your hair up too!

  30. Jennifer Medeiros

    January 30th, 2013 at 11:52 pm

    Thank you thank you thank you!!
    Fabulous as always. πŸ™‚

    xo, jm

  31. Gina

    January 31st, 2013 at 1:04 am

    Loved this! Thx!

  32. W. Lotus

    January 31st, 2013 at 2:06 am

    Thank you for explaining in detail how to move a couple into a pose. I remember you mentioning that in the past, but until now I didn’t understand what you meant. Seeing you in action helped.

  33. April Maura

    January 31st, 2013 at 4:20 am

    Jasmine thank you for the insightful tips, those were really helpful.

  34. Haley Johnston

    January 31st, 2013 at 4:37 am

    Love! So helpful and also makes me believe I’m not as awkward as I think I am with couples! πŸ™‚ Also, way to rock that bun!!

  35. Perth Wedding Photographer

    January 31st, 2013 at 6:18 am

    Hi Jasmine – wow thanks for sharing this – can’t agree with you more: relaxed + natural + genuine photographer => relaxed + natural + REAL images. It can be pretty easy to spot what’s happening if we see a couple who look uneasy in an image, it’s not their fault ….. PS Happy New Year from here in Australia!!

  36. cassandra-m

    January 31st, 2013 at 7:43 am

    I smiled the whole time I was watching you….I felt like a dork, but your voice makes me happy girl! Xoxoxoxo

  37. Nada Stankova

    January 31st, 2013 at 10:20 am

    Awesome tips, will try some of these on Saturday! Btw, I love how your face is in a smiling mood all the time :))

  38. Lindsey McClennahan

    January 31st, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    Great stuff! Thanks for sharing this with us, your hair is cute tah boot!
    I liked the "liiiight kiss!"

  39. Cheryl Ford

    January 31st, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    Jasmine, Amazing tips. Thank you so much. Posing couples is so much more fun than posing just one person I’m finding. I love the interaction between a couple, even if they aren’t totally comfortable in front of the camera.

  40. Heather Hamer Photography

    January 31st, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    We have an inspiration wall just like you do behind you!

  41. Megan

    January 31st, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    so helpful! love it, especially all the behind-the-scenes examples!!

  42. Ken Topham

    February 1st, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    Great Post Jasmine, very helpful way to look at posing… thank you!

  43. Ashley Christine

    February 2nd, 2013 at 12:42 am

    Dang! So helpful J! Thanks so much! btw, I LOVE it when you say "hey" to your clients; just makes me smile. πŸ™‚

  44. Megan

    February 2nd, 2013 at 3:38 am

    LOVE the bun!

  45. Lydia

    February 2nd, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    I need to keep hearing these tips over and over again! Thanks for using the video to help us out!

  46. Meghan Hochgesang

    February 4th, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    Awesome tips, jasmine! Can I ask who makes your top?? So sweet!

  47. s h e r r y

    February 23rd, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    Haha, this was great!! πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing.

  48. Bobbie Brown

    February 26th, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    Okay, this is a new favorite "shooting *" for me!!! LOVED it! Thanks so much Jasmine! (by the way, I said – out loud – "oohhh!" when it showed that shot you took with the foilage in the foreground…SO gorgeous!)

  49. Denver Boudoir Photographer | Brooke Summer

    March 25th, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    These are great tips for natural photos, love it! Thank you for sharing. πŸ™‚

  50. PH by PH

    December 16th, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    Thank you so much for your videos! Such a huge fan!!!
    For someone from Barcelona, sarting up, it is like continuing education, but way more addicting πŸ˜‰ Thanx for sharing your experience and knowledge. It speaks volumes about you.

  51. Eva

    June 30th, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    Love all the tips!

  52. Hannah Gamble

    July 12th, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    Your videos rock, Jasmine. Thanks for being so open about your workflow. Posing is my weakness, and your videos help me so much! In case no one has told you today, you are FABULOUS! πŸ˜‰

  53. Danielle Long

    October 21st, 2014 at 12:12 am

    PERFECT! You are my new favorite person. This is exactly what I needed to read. Excuse me while I read your entire blog and purchase everything you’ve written.

  54. Samantha

    February 4th, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    I love this video, your work is amazing! I am shooting for a wedding next week and need some advice.. The bride is very tall, Taller then the groom and a lot of the poses that I find are not looking great with a taller bride. Any advice on how to shoot couples with major height differences?

  55. Tatyana

    February 16th, 2015 at 11:07 pm

    Amazing video! Just what I needed πŸ™‚

  56. Evan

    June 8th, 2015 at 2:28 am

    Such good tips!! These make photos that are so much more unique to the couple than those that are fanatically posed.

  57. Sara

    January 8th, 2016 at 4:25 am

    Recently started following your blogs and even purchased one of the classes from Creative Live that you taught and absolutely have been a game changer in the way I’m approaching my wedding photography and clients. Thank you for being such an inspiration. It’s great seeing we women have the chance at becoming amazing success stories too. πŸ™‚