5 Posing Tips For a Holiday Card Photo Shoot

Merry Christmas!

I want to thank Luisas Secret Photography for being our photographer for our first Holiday style photoshoot as Mr. and Mrs. This shoot was extra special because this is the first holiday of many that we are spending together as a married couple. There is just something so special our firsts as Mr. and Mrs. Also, I find it important to celebrate these mini milestones.

At first I thought the idea was silly, and I really just wanted some holiday photos "for the blog" ... always for the blog right? But as we got closer to the actual day, I realized I did want this to be special and fun of course. Which is why we did take the extra mile at not only looking our best, but choosing a beautiful location, and of course a GREAT photographer. Luisa and I have done MANY photoshoots together but this one is where I got to see her in action as weddings, engagements or couple sessions in general is totally her niche! I highly recommend her and her husband Douglas! They make such an amazing team!

Lastly, I realized that photoshoots with your spouse can be a lot of fun and maybe perhaps at times much needed! I read recently how it helps to focus on each other, provide laughter and really just live in the moment. That was so true! So if you and your spouse ever need to live in the moment (while there are many things to do), consider a fun photoshoot!

Ok I've been blabbing on this post. Here are some simple 5 posing tips that we learned during out shoot that I want to share with you! Because really, its not easy to pose!

5 Posing Tips for a Holiday Card Photo Shoot

Posing Tips in Detail

Walking

This is the most casual form of showing your love and affection for one another by staring at each other, staring away, looking down and around....all while smiling! Ladies, if you have a dress, make sure you grab your dress and play with it! Men, stick the hand that you are not using your pocket to keep looking cool and casual while you walk with your lady. 

Walking Pose Tips
walking pose
walking pose

Arms Wrapped Around

Ladies, wrap your arms around the neck of your man and allow him to lean in for a kiss on the cheek. Remember to all smile, laugh... look down, away and then back at him. You always want to make sure you are giving the photographer different angles to choose from! Men, lean in for a kiss on the cheek, then pull away to look at her with a smile. 

around wrapped around neck pose
around wrapped around neck pose
arms wrapped around neck pose

Dancing

My favorite! The technique to pull off an awesome dancing posing is to keep the arm you are "twirling" with straight, give your self some room and turn in a small circle every so slowly... stare and each other, implement a laugh and a smile. Ladies when you are turning under him... look over your shoulder on the hand that you are not using to hold your partners hand with. You can even do a mini dip with a slight bent at the knee to switch up the dance look! The trick is to kick your feet out slightly ladies! Example below! 

Dancing pose
Dancing Pose
dancing pose

Back to Back

For this pose, you want to make sure you fill in the gap on the back! You don't want to be too far away from each other, so focus on lining up your shoulders as closely together as possible. If there is a small gap on the lower back, that's ok! Then turn your heads towards each other, laugh, smile.. and pretend like your trying to take a peek especially if you are holding a present as a prop! Which by the way, these were real presents lol. 

back to back pose
back to back pose

Under the Mistletoe

Chances are, you can find a mistletoe at your nearest dollar store! That is where I got this one. Find a thin tree branch and place the mistletoe under the tree, positioning yourselves right under the mistletoe and have the man cup both of his hands together. Ladies then place her hands over his.. The position of the hands should be high on the chest. Lean in for a kiss, but while leaning in for a kiss... start smiling and laughing.. hold the kiss for a bout 3 seconds and then as you kiss away smile... to capture the best smooches ever!! This tip was by Luisas Secret Photography who is so awesome at capturing couples in their most memorable moments! Be sure to try different ways to kiss under the mistletoe! 

under the mistletoe pose
under the mistletoe pose
under the mistletoe pose

Bonus Poses 

 Belly to Hip

Belly to Hip

 Shoulder to shoulder

Shoulder to shoulder

 Hand on shoulder

Hand on shoulder

 Arms Wrapped Under

Arms Wrapped Under

I hope you enjoyed a few posing tips so you can nail your next holiday card photo shoot! Pin or share this blog post with a friend! 

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