Utah's photographer of the year, Marvell Smith did a presentation in front of the Utah County SMUG group about posing and gave some great golden nuggets that all of us can apply to our own work. The video quality is not the best but the information is extremely useful and worth checking out. Smith, of Vellvet Images, has a way of working with couples that create pictures that tell stories. A true professional! If you want to jump ahead to get right to the section about posing start the video about 30 minutes in.
In the video Marvell gives lots of great tips on learning to read body language in order to help couples tell the right story that they are trying to portray. He also brings people out of the audience on a number of different occasions to demonstrate poses and shows how small changes can entirely change a picture. From the small non-verbal cues of the eyes, head, hands and mouth Smith teaches way of helping your clients into poses that are both flattering and look natural. Schedule some time today or tomorrow to check out this talk by Smith or at least have it playing on your monitor while doing your next round of editing. You are sure to pick up some posing nuggets that will surely help you the next time you are out on a shoot with a couple.