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How to Unpose – The Secret to Authentic Photos

How to Unpose – The Secret to Authentic Photos

How to Unpose – The Secret to Authentic Photos
November 13, 2020
Elopement Photography | Engagement Photography | How To | Love Stories | Wedding Photography

 

I​f you are not a model, the thought of being in front of a camera can be daunting enough, trying to act natural on top of that is basically impossible. There are a lot of guides out there that will tell you how to “pose like a pro” for your photos but in this guide I am going to help you learn how to “unpose”.

 

W​ould you rather spend your wedding day having orders barked at you from someone with a camera telling you to hold your hands and tilt your head, OR spend it creating real and authentic memories that can be captured to tell the story of your love; as a result letting you relive your favorite moments for years to come?

 

P​ersonally I would prefer the latter, but you may be wondering how in the world are you supposed to be natural and candid in front of a camera? Here are a few things to keep in mind when taking pictures that will guarantee a natural flow to your photography sessions and give you images you will fall in love with over and over again.

 

 

F​irst

M​ake sure you are touching

S​o many times I have couples show up to their photo sessions and act as if they are afraid to touch each other. If you’re not a PDA person, I get it, but now is not the time to be shy. The camera and I will not judge we will eat up all of your displays of affection.

T​hroughout your session be conscious to be touching your partner. Hold their hand or rest your head on their shoulder. When hugging make sure you get close, this isn’t a middle school dance there is no three finger rule!

T​hink about how you would naturally touch your partner when you are home and want to display your affection. The real trick here is pretending the camera is not there and focusing only on your person in front of you and how much you absolutely adore and love them.

 

About Me


Born and raised in Florida, I love the ocean, but I hate the sand. Adventure and the possibility of new opportunity fuels my fire, but I have to return home from time to time to visit the fam and get big cuddles from our dog Easton!
-Emilie Becker

S​econd

M​ovement is key

 

W​hen it comes to any kind of modeling this is a golden rule. Often times when we are put in front of a camera we get really stiff and feel as though we need to freeze, but it’s not the 19th century anymore folks! My camera is more than capable of freezing motion way beyond you moving your hand or turning your head.

 

B​e fluid with your motion as if you are simply acting as you would behind closed doors. Hold your partner, sway with them, tuck a stray strand of hair behind their ear, kiss, adjust yourself as much as you want, these actions that are so natural in life are what create natural looking snapshots. The goal of a photograph is to freeze a moment in time, not capture and already frozen moment.

 

One of my favorite things is to have my couples dance together. Dancing can be extremely intimate or it can turn out to simply be super fun and ends in laughter. The best are the twirls, spins, and dips!

 

 

Third

Say I love you

 

An excellent way to creating real authentic moments is to remember why you are having photos taken in the first place. Think about how much you love the person standing in front of you. Think about why you love them. Tell them that. It’s important to voice your emotions during your session it will deepen the connection you have with each other and bring out those raw feelings of love that translate so well to your photos.

 

F​ourth

D​on’t forget to smile!

I​’m not talking about the say cheese kind of smile, I’m talking about the kind of smile that takes over your entire face no matter what you do. The smile that reaches all the way to your eyes. Think about what is actually happening in these moments. You are celebrating your love to your favorite person on earth, you are promising forever to them, now does that not put a smile on your face?

 

Fifth

Laugh often

 

W​hat’s the saying? Live fully, Love Fiercely and Laugh often? Yeah, apply that here. No, but seriously, what is life without laughter. Tell jokes to each other, now is the perfect time to whip out those inside jokes that only you two know about and make you laugh without fail.

 

It’s also fun to get a little dirty. Sometimes, I’ll have my couples whisper something dirty or naughty in each other’s ear, and without fail it always ends up in a laughing fit that results in some of the most beautiful, fun and genuine photos of the session. Couples who laugh together stay together!

 

 

Lastly

Have Fun!

 

T​he most important thing is to have fun and really focus on being in the moment. Most of my previous points have already stated this but it is the basis to good photos. If you are enjoying yourself throughout the session, your photos are bound to be amazing.

F​inal tip

C​hoose the right photographer

 

I have said this before in past writings, but I really cannot stress it enough. You want to choose a photographer who you feel 100% comfortable with. Try to find someone that you could literally see yourself hanging out with in general, it will guarantee you feel confident and comfortable in your photos so you can have the most real and authentic moments as possible!

About Me


Born and raised in Florida, I love the ocean, but I hate the sand. Adventure and the possibility of new opportunity fuels my fire, but I have to return home from time to time to visit the fam and get big cuddles from our dog Easton!
-Emilie Becker

Jen & Matt Florida Seaside Wedding

Jen & Matt Florida Seaside Wedding

Jen & Matt Florida Seaside Wedding
April 9, 2019
Wedding Photography

Jen and Matt are the epitome of love. I could tell that Matt was Jen’s rock. After a mini pre wedding jitters panic attack during prep, she was read to go see her groom. As soon as she was with him all of her fears and worries just disappeared. She was going to be just fine now that she was with her rock, her soul mate, her partner in crime for life. 

The day was one of clouds, despite being in the sunshine state, but that didn’t get them down at all. They embraced it together and had one of the most lovely days ever. I had such a good time getting to know these two and their love story. 

About Me


Born and raised in Florida, I love the ocean, but I hate the sand. Adventure and the possibility of new opportunity fuels my fire, but I have to return home from time to time to visit the fam and get big cuddles from our dog Easton!
-Emilie Becker

Chelsea & Micheal Florida Country Club Wedding

Chelsea & Micheal Florida Country Club Wedding

Chelsea & Micheal Florida Country Club Wedding
April 9, 2019
Wedding Photography

As soon as I met Chelsea, I knew we were going to get along. We went online couch shopping together to pick out the perfect couch for her wedding day. Not something that you do every day, and from that moment I knew they were going to be so fun to photograph on their wedding day. 

Chelsea and Micheal had this energy about them that everyone present that day could feel from across the room. Easy going and completely in love. The day was beautiful, full of laughter and good memories. I am honored I had the opportunity to tell the story of their big day.

About Me


Born and raised in Florida, I love the ocean, but I hate the sand. Adventure and the possibility of new opportunity fuels my fire, but I have to return home from time to time to visit the fam and get big cuddles from our dog Easton!
-Emilie Becker

Nick & Izzy’s Australian Outback Engagement

Nick & Izzy’s Australian Outback Engagement

Nick & Izzy’s Australian Outback Engagement
April 8, 2019
Engagement Photography

Hermidale, Australia, total population 131 people, is the definition of the middle of nowhere. But love exists in all places, even here. During my stay here, I have gotten to know this beautiful couple, Izzy and Nick and have seen love at work. When I found out they were engaged it was only a matter of time before we set up a date to shoot. We had such a blast, and I am so grateful to meet such wonderful people (even way out here) that are not so different from myself.

I was extremely moved by their story, as it is something I used to imagine for myself before I met my other half. I was lucky enough to get the story strait from Izzy:

“I was working behind the bar at the hostel that I worked at in Kampot. I saw him on the other side and found him sooooo cute. He was the first man I actually found attractive in so long. I don’t know how many shots of Jameson I had, but every time I tried to talk to him, I had to take another. Finally, at the end of the night, I went on the other side of the bar and told him, clumsily with my drunkin shy voice, “I just want to tell you, you are really gorgeous.” After that everything changed. He changed his travel plans including canceling his flight to stay a few more days with me. Then he went back to Australia for a few week and I went back to Canada, but that wasn’t goodbye. He quit his job and left everything behind to come live with me in Quebec and travel together, and the rest was history.”

Their story is just further proof that love has no boundaries and is meant to be celebrated. It can completely rock your world and change your path in life, but it’s all worth it.

About Me


Born and raised in Florida, I love the ocean, but I hate the sand. Adventure and the possibility of new opportunity fuels my fire, but I have to return home from time to time to visit the fam and get big cuddles from our dog Easton!
-Emilie Becker