Pose a cou­ple

Two great people, six great poses: James Pater­son cre­ates a set of heart­warm­ing cou­ple shots

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Six ways to po­si­tion a pair of people for a por­trait, from for­mal to quirky

Pos­ing two people in a por­trait can of­ten be twice as hard as shoot­ing just one sit­ter. There are twice as many limbs to look out for, four eyes to keep in sharp fo­cus, and dou­ble the chances of blink­ing or dodgy ex­pres­sions. How­ever, it can also be in­cred­i­bly re­ward­ing. At the risk of sound­ing a lit­tle sen­ti­men­tal, it gives you the chance to show the bond two people share and cre­ate im­ages with real emo­tion.

So how do you go about tak­ing great shots of cou­ples? To show their spe­cial con­nec­tion you need to work on the com­po­si­tion, body lan­guage and ex­pres­sion. It’s al­ways best to keep things nat­u­ral, but it can help if you have a few stock poses to rely on. Here we’re go­ing to look at six poses that you can try out on any cou­ple. Each em­pha­sises some­thing dif­fer­ent about their re­la­tion­ship, from their close­ness to their sense of fun.

Don’t just go straight into the pos­ing. Be­fore the shoot, ask the

Be­fore the shoot, ask the cou­ple about the style of shots they’d like. It’ll give you a bet­ter idea of their tastes, and whether they’d pre­fer tra­di­tional or con­tem­po­rary por­traits

cou­ple about the style of shots they’d like. It’ll give you a bet­ter idea of their tastes, and whether they’d pre­fer tra­di­tional or con­tem­po­rary por­traits. They’ll be more re­laxed, and the pho­tos bet­ter, if they feel they’re get­ting the shots they want.

We’re go­ing to look at both for­mal and con­tem­po­rary styles of im­ages. We’ll start off with a tra­di­tional pose, then move on to more re­laxed, con­tem­po­rary ideas. Give these poses a go, and be ready to cap­ture the chance mo­ments that’ll crop up. You’ll take por­traits that are guar­an­teed to en­ter­tain and de­light.

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