Cues vs. poses — what’s the difference and why should I care?
Here’s why I love to give my couples a mix of static poses and posing CUES:
I despise inauthenticity. Is that even a word? Idk. You know what I mean! When I work with my couples, I give them a mix of poses and cues.
Poses are sometimes more comfortable for the couple because they’re being told exactly what to do, so it eliminates any thinking or doubt. BUT. They’re super duper aware of the camera during these poses. Sooooo I add in some cues to freshen things up!!
For example, in this photo I told Madde to stand at that spot on the hill and said “trust me” while I took Brian aside to give him some directions. I told him to walk up to her from behind and surprise her with a massive bear hug, sway back and forth, make her laugh, kiss her cheek, whatever he needed to do to make her smile.
I’m just a tad biased, I think it worked out pretty well 😉
Cues are great because it not only allows for some motion to be included in the photos, but it lets the couple FORGET that I’m even there at all!!! And THAT, my friends, is when you get some ~solid~ couples photos.
What would you rather, being told exactly how to stand or forgetting your photographer is even there??