The key to any good couple’s photography is to capture a “natural” or effortless look and feel. Nothing looks worse than stiff bodies and unnatural, complex poses and gestures, especially in photos that are supposed to be special and capture important memories like your elopement.
But how is this accomplished without going to some kind of modeling school? You’re in luck, we have put together this small guide to help couples take stunning, natural-looking photos without any hassle.
The Importance of Bending Joints
Think about how you move around throughout the day. You’re rarely stiff, with your joints locked. This is the number one mistake people make when they “pose” for photos. You never want to lock your joints, it’s what gives you the appearance of being stiff and uncomfortable.
Not only this, but these kinds of stiff unnatural poses tend to show on the faces of the people being photographed, which usually means the whole composition comes off as awkward. This is the last thing you want for your elopement photography session! The more you look at each other, laugh with each other and kiss.. the better the photos come out. Your photographer will let you know when he/she would like for you to look directly at camera for a more formal pose.
When getting into a specific pose, remember to relax your body and bend. Don’t lock your knees (ladies should put all weight on back leg), bend your arms, and make sure your hands are doing something. It’s very rare during the course of a day when our hands are just flat and resting stiffly at our sides. That’s unnatural and it will show in the final product!
Don’t Be Afraid to Touch
One of the most important parts of capturing natural, stunning elopement or wedding photos is intimacy. No matter what pose or angle you take, there should be some kind of interaction between the couple.
There are some basic but highly effective posing tips for capturing natural intimacy that are super easy to do and will take your photos to the next level. To create as natural-looking photo as possible, you should be sure to touch each other as much as possible
Belly Button to Hip
This simple, classic pose has the typically shorter of the pair facing the hip of the taller, preferably in an embrace or at least touching. Remember to bend the elbows and knees, don’t force yourself into a stiff posture, and try gazing at one another for added effect!
Chest to Chest
Nothing says romance quite like a chest to chest pose. Can be an especially powerful pose to highlight peak moments of the ceremony or to show off anything you want to camera (like rings!) if the couples extend an arm toward the photographer.
Touch foreheads or kiss for an extra dash of romance. You can’t go wrong with this intimate pose.
Together But Separate
You don’t always have to be in an embrace to create a romantic composition. This pose has become popularized in social media like Instagram in recent years.
All you really need to be doing in this pose is holding hands with your significant other at a distance, but it helps if you look as if you are in the middle of doing something, like sharing a joke or just walking along.
A different take on a classic pose. Standing one in front of the other, one embraces the other from behind. Be sure to be touching each other’s arms or hands for added intimacy. This is one of those sweet poses that is easy to pull off and creates the perfect elopement feel.
Keep Lighting and Setting in Mind
When taking the perfect elopement shots, you want to make sure you start with the best conditions possible so that your photos come out the way you want them. This includes using the right backdrop or setting, time of day, and lighting.
Remember to keep time of day in mind if you are shooting outdoors. You want the light to be favorable and not too harsh, so early morning or evening lighting is preferable to noon or midday. Likewise, if you are indoors, try to take photos in ambient lighting, or with the right equipment so that shadows aren’t too harsh. You want soft light and a primary light source so there aren’t a bunch of messy shadows.
There are a lot of factors that go into stunning elopement photos but these are the most important. If you remember to stay flexible, pose naturally, and take your photos in good lighting, it’s easy to create beautiful shots that you will come out just the way you want and that you can cherish forever.
There’s nothing like the atmosphere and memories of an elopement in the fall. Make that double for one held in New Orleans. With the wide variety of entertainment and rich cultural history, New Orleans captures the spirit of fall like no other city in the country.
If you’re planning for a fall elopement, check out some of these ideas to take advantage of everything the city has to offer during this mysterious and beautiful time of year!
Oak Street Po-boy Fest
What exactly is a po’boy and why does it have its own festival, you might ask?
New Orleans is certainly famous for a lot of reasons, and one of those reasons is its excellent assortment of signature dishes. A po’boy is a traditional New Orleans specialty that is basically a fried seafood sandwich.
This tasty dish can come in an array of styles and flavors, and is such a hit that every year, people from all around New Orleans converge on Oak Street to partake of the different recipes and enjoy live music.
If your idea of a fun time is mixing it up in historic New Orleans and enjoying some down South comfort food, you can’t go wrong with the Oak Street Po’Boy Fest. While festivals like this are often held every year, this particular one is on November 11th. The perfect time to enjoy the fall weather and indulge!
Voodoo Music + Arts Experience
Speaking of festivals, New Orleans excels at them. Just about any time of the year you’re bound to find a unique cultural experience being celebrated in the streets. If you’re looking for one with that fall / Halloween kind of flair, the Voodoo Festival might be up your alley.
This special Halloween weekend event is one part music festival, one part culinary fair, one part art show! Experience an exciting array of costumes, street art, culinary delights, and local music. The festival makes it a point to give its attendees an immersive art experience – many of its attractions are designed to stimulate the senses.
Big artists like Childish Gambino and Artic Monkeys are headlining this year’s experience, and if that’s not enough for you, there’s a haunted Mortuary, amusement park rides, and a beer hall, all taking place right in City Park. What more could a newly eloped couple want?
New Orleans is truly a melting pot of culture and tradition, and its Oktoberfest celebrations are proof of that. Though the city is typically not well known for anything German, it’s a little-known fact that the city actually has some German roots, and has a thriving German culture, along with plenty of high quality restaurants and festivals.
No place does Oktoberfest quite like New Orleans. Celebrated all month long across from City Park on Bayou St. John, the festival includes a large selection of traditional German food, live music performances, family activities, and of course, plenty of beer. More than enough reason to incorporate it into your elopement festivities!
Just because Louisiana isn’t exactly famous for fall foliage, doesn’t mean you’ll be missing out on nature’s beauty. Fall is the perfect time of the year to visit New Orleans’s natural outdoors attractions, because the weather is more favorable and yes, some of the trees do change their leaves.
City Park hosts its own fall garden festival right in the Botanical Garden every year, which is the ideal spot for couples looking for some immaculate photography opportunities, and on top of that, it’s a great time too, that includes typical fall events and of course some great food.
Halloween Parades and More
New Orleans takes Halloween to a whole new level. If you’ve never experienced their Halloween parades, you’re in for a treat, and so is your significant other!
Hosted by some of the same people involved with New Orleans’ famous Mardi Gras celebrations, their annual Halloween parade is a dream for any couple looking to spice up their elopement and add a dash of the mysterious and fun.
If you’re of the ambitious sort, they even host a charitable “Zombie Run” right through the French Quarter, just remember to bring your costume!
And of course, numerous bars and restaurants take part in the Halloween Parade, helping to host various mini events and entertainment for all ages, including newly eloped couples looking for a fun night on the town.
New Orleans is proof you don’t have to settle for a boring old marriage ceremony. With all the fun and excitement the city has to offer, especially in the fall season, it’s easy to transform your elopement into a day (or night!) you won’t ever forget.