Posing Your Hands and Eyes

      Posing Your Hands and Eyes

      I could write a book on how to pose hands and eyes… it’s the photographers job to not just “memorize” poses, but to learn how to “build” a pose for our brides and grooms.

      But here a few pointers so you’ll know what to do on your wedding day.

      Frame The Face

      Posing the Eyes

      So where should you look?

      Where you look can dramatically change the feel of the portrait. As you can see in the first two photos I had the brides look down, giving an almost candid feel of the portrait. But no matter where you look, you want to avoid only seeing the "white" part of your eye.

      In the portrait of Adriana, I had her pay very close attention to the movement in the camera...


      When you focus on something very hard, it triggers the Parietal Lobe in the brain. This brings out a VERY captivating look in the eyes.

      Did you know there is a way you should walk in front of the camera? Keep out for my posts to learn more!

      Photographers who don't know how to pose the hands and arms often give brides and grooms what is called the “floating head” (what you don't want). It's when you have a close up shot of the face, but no hands and arms in the photo.

      You can use hands and fingers to lead attention to where you want with a close up. In this portrait I wanted to lead attention to Adriana's eyes and lips. So I gently directed her hands naturally in this position. As you can see, this portrait does not look forced or rigid even though the hands are in a place that you would not expect. This can enhance a close up portrait in a really beautiful way.