111 Ways To Pose, Frame & Shoot A Couple For Your Next Session
111 Couple Poses & More
111 Couple Poses & More // As photographers, we often struggle to find the right way to shoot a couple. In the end, there are not infinite ways to take a photo. This is why we sat down and collected 111 couple poses that will help you with any of your next sessions. You do not have to take all of them seriously, but there will be a lot to inspire you. Just keep them in mind if you do some engagement photos soon.
For more inspiration, make sure to check out these 56 most amazing couple photos from 2020, these 77 most beautiful couple photos from 2019, and the post about rocking your next session after you´ve seen these couple photos.
The “framed by a deer “
Even though most of us will never be in a similar situation, try to remember this crazy way to frame a couple.
Adam Janoszek – WWW.ADAMJANOSZEK.COM
The “shape of water”
This stunning shot, for example, could have also been done on the set of “The shape of water.” If you are lucky enough to have an underwater session, keep in mind that bubbles and light might make your images more interesting.
Alejandro Diaz – WWW.ALEJANDRODIAZBORGES.COM
The “Choo Choo”
If you are trying to tell a story within your session, you might as well try to capture a cinematic goodbye kiss at a train station.
Alina & Patrick Photography – WWW.ALINAUNDPATRICK.DE
The “beer blanket”
Not much to explain here. Just a pretty relaxed and funny couple pose for your next session. All you need is a blanket and two cans of beer.
Aly Nickerson – WWW.ALYGRAPHS.COM
The “flower frame”
Just have your couple lay down in front of you and try to frame them through some flowers.
Amanda Basteen Photography – WWW.AMANDABASTEEN.COM
The “ocean hug”
You can pull off this couple pose in any body of water. Just have them take off their cloth and go for an intimate hug in the water.
Amber Nicole Koelling – WWW.AMBERKOELLINGPHOTGRAPHY.COM
The “Jack & Kate”
The iconic “Titanic” pose that we all know from Leonardo DiCaprio & Kate Winslet can be done anywhere.
Angela Ruscheinski – WWW.ANGELARUSCHEINSKI.COM
The “Double Exposure”
April Russell – WWW.APRILANDPAUL.COM
The “lean back”
Grab your lady and have her lean back all the way. One of the more classic couple poses.
Ashley Pigulski – WWW.ASHLEYPIGULSKI.COM
The “happy holidays”
Be sure to capture the mood of Christmas with the right colors and the right weather.
Ashley Wilkerson – WWW.ASHESPHOTOGRAPHY.COM
One of the more popular couples poses at the moment. The piggyback looks cool and certainly adds some movement to any session. Spice it up and have him bump her up in the air a bit.
Bahareh Ritter – WWW.RITTERCOLLECTIVE.COM
The “belly to belly”
The most basic of them all. The “belly to belly” can be done all the time and looks stunning if you add an excellent location and some awesome light.
Baylee Dennis Photography – WWW.BAYLEEDENNIS.COM
The “snowy boots”
Put on your snow boots and have your couple stand in the snow with the sun in the back. Stunning shot guaranteed!
Ben Kruse – WWW.BENKRUSE.NET
The “breaking the ice”
We hope that the ice will not break of course, but this lovely couple pose was made famous during the movie “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” Looks like Kate Winslet knows how to pose.
Bree Lion – WWW.BREEZEPHOTOS.CA
The “rainy day”
Shooting in the rain can be a challenge. Your camera will be covered in water, so make sure your gear is weatherproof before you try this.
Brittany Brenske – WWW.INSTAGRAM.COM/BRITTANYBRENSKE
The “on the floor”
The best couple poses can even be done at home. Have them lay on the floor together in an intimate way and let your camera do the talking.
Brooklyn Vaughn – WWW.BROOKSCAPTUREDMOMENTS.COM
The “London phone booth”
This probably counts more as a framing technique, but if you are ever in London, make sure to get one of these shots.
Bruno Garcez – WWW.BRUNOGARCEZ.COM
The “kiss on the forehead”
Kisses on foreheads are popular and will look good no matter where you are. Just looks at this example from an in-home session.
Bryden Giving – WWW.BRYDENGIVINGPHOTO.COM
The “mountain view”
Not much to say here. Just have your couple, pose in front of any form of mountains and be amazed by the results. Bonus points if you add some dramatic clouds.
Cara Bartelme – WWW.WILDEARTHWEDDINGS.COM
The “diner hug”
Super easy and super fun. Just take your couple to the next dinner and have him hug her. Just make sure that they are facing outside for that juicy window light.
Cari Hughes – WWW.CARIHUGHESPHOTOGRAPHY.COM
The “vertical” has to be done “horizontal.” I think you know what we mean. Just turn your image in post and try not to have any distracting elements in the frame.
Chloe Ramirez – WWW.CHLOERAMIREZPHOTO.COM
The “about to kiss”
What’s more exciting than a kiss? You are right, the second before it happens. Classic couple poses for sure.
Cory Regovich – WWW.REGOVICHIMAGING.COM
The “lens flare”
Spice up any of your images with some nasty lens flare. The posing does not play the most important role in here; make sure the lens flare is where you want it to be.
Daniel Zimmermann – WWW.LICHTERWERK.CH
The “framed bly flowers”
Try to use flowers in the foreground and background as a way to naturally pose your couple. Add a kiss to the mix, and you have a keeper!
Dan Thorson – WWW.DANTHORSON.COM
The “not so happy moment”
Relationships and love are not always full of joy and laughter. Every single couple out there fights, argues and sometimes even splits up. A huge thank you to Darien Funk for sending in this real-life moment. This image should be used as a reminder that we have to cherish any relationship that we have.
Darien Funk – WWW.DARIENFUNK.COM
A pretty popular couple pose again. The scissor is super easy and lets your couple connect pretty naturally while sitting on the ground.
Devin Begin – WWW.DEVINBEGINPHOTOGRAPHY.COM
The “up and down”
Have your couple lay down on a bed, place one of them the other way around, stand over them and you have a pretty epic shot. Just keep an eye out for the light source as you do not want to block the light from touching their bodies.
Diana Lubbers – WWW.DIANALUBBERSPHOTOGRAPHY.COM
A pretty artistic way to frame a couple, especially with the arc in the background. This shot is more about what is frames them as to what they are doing. The touch just adds that final connection you need.
Diane Villadsen – WWW.DVILLADSENPHOTOGRAPHY.COM
Probably one of the most trending couple poses from last year. Have your couple sit down on the ground ( Use The “scissor” for example ) and let the headlights of your car do the rest.
Erika Brooke Franta – WWW.ERIKABROOKE.COM
The “framed by a building”
Another one of these shots that won’t happen during every session. Again, keep in mind that you can frame people in buildings. Do not photoshop the people out of the frame. They certainly add some storytelling to the image.
Fire and Ice – WWW.INSTAGRAM.COM/FIREANDICE
The “flour embrace”
Grab a pound of flour and cover your couple with it. If they are up for it, you will get some pretty awesome shots.
Frank Stabrila – WWW.FRANKSTABRILA.COM
Have him embrace her from the back and hold her tight. Works every single time and looks super useful if you have some waterdrops in the frame to spice it up. Just make sure to have them looking into the light source.
Gione da Silva – WWW.GIONEDASILVA.COM
The “favorite thing.”
An advanced version of The “embrace.” Have him say what he likes the most about her. Hillarious things can happen like in this frame here. His response was “vagina.” No further words needed.
Hannah McMaster – WWW.HANNAHMCMASTER.COM
The “too sexy”
This frame is too hot even to describe it. I will try always. Have them get a bit naked and drop to the floor, to connect again. This is my favorite couple pose 😉
Heath Whorton – WWW.WHORTONFILMS.COM
The “whirlpool kiss”
Framing is critical in this one here again. The roof builds a natural frame, and the kiss in a whirlpool adds the final touch.
The “starry sky”
Have the last light of the day hit your subjects doing whatever you want and let the stars do the rest.
The “covered in foam”
We would say this is one of the more advanced couple poses. Not every couple will do this, but if they do… DAMN!
The “tree of love”
Another way to incorporate Double Exposure into your couple photography. Try to play around and see what works best for you.
Henry Tieu – WWW.HENRY-TIEU.COM
Most bodies of water will give you a perfect reflection. Pools are super quiet and ideal in that way. If you have an epic sunset going on, make sure to take as many shots as possible.
Isaac Gautschi – WWW.ISAACGAUTSCHI.COM
The “pidgeon chase”
This would not work without the pigeons. Just try to scare them away a bit next time, and you will have a super natural-looking shot.
Ivan Joseph Mangubat – WWW.INSTAGRAM.COM/IVANMANFOTOS
The “deer nearby”
I have to be honest as I had a hard time finding the right wording for this “couple pose” as it is more like a moment. I hope you will enjoy it, anyways.
Jaime Burrow – WWW.JAIMEBURROWPHOTOGRAPHY.COM
The “full speed”
The most “staged” couple pose in our collection for sure. Jump in the car, have them scream, add some blur in the post and you have the percent “funny” shot for your couple.
The “intimate touch”
Hands and Eyes are very intimate parts of our body. Try to combine them together, and you will get a similar result like this one.
Jan Rabara – WWW.JANRABARA.SK
If there are a beach and a surfboard, go for this shot. You can not fail to try to get this. Just make sure you are close to the beach as that will make it easier to pull it off.
The “where are our heads”
Sometimes you don’t even need heads in frames as all of the other body parts can tell the story as well.
Jasmine Abbey – WWW.NEWWAVEHAWAII.COM
The “real-life fairytale”
Fairy tales can happen in real life and make your couple feel like a king and queen on their wedding day.
Jere Satamo – WWW.JERESATAMO.COM
You do not really need epic locations all the time. Sometimes the sidewalk is all you need and the connection between your couple will do the rest.
Jex Sollis – WWW.ORANGEANDPOPPYSEED.COM
The “how the hell did he take that photo?”
Can we just take a second to stare at this frame and be like… “how?”
Jonah Deaton – WWW.JONAHDEATONPHOTOGRAPHY.COM
The “North of the wall”
Walk away from each other is most likely the real name of this couple pose, but I could not stop myself from calling it differently. The majority of people live happy north of the wall nowadays, so feel free to take your couples there.
Juliana Summers – WWW.JULIANARENEEPHOTOGRAPHY.COM
Try to mix up your sessions with some dramatic posing as well. Just look how awesome this couple is looking. Bonus points when the background feels connected to your couple.
Julie Godbolt – WWW.JULIEG.PHOTOGRAPHY
The “morning mirror”
Not much to say here. The most original photo of them all, and you can pull it off every single day.
Katch Silva – WWW.KATCHSILVA.COM
Remember that you can shoot in a greenhouse all year around. You will be amazed at how cool it looks and how dreamy the light can be.
Katie Denton – WWW.KATIEDENTON.COM
Just have him grab her from the back and add some movement on top. You will be amazed at how good it will look. Try to add some more laughter with a small tickle from his side
Kayla Mattox – WWW.KAYLAMATTOXPHOTOGRAPHY.COM
The “pretend to play the guitar while lying topless on a bed to show off your tattoos”
I will just let the title speak for itself here 😉
Kayla M Ruiz – WWW.INSTAGRAM.COM/KAYMRUIZ
Just as the iconic painting from Michelangelo, a touch of two hands can be all you need for a great photo
Kebenae Weis – WWW.KEBENAEWEIS.SQUARESPACE.COM
The “bathtub love”
This is probably another one of the “more advanced” couple poses. Only works with couples that are okay with it.
Kirsten Stewart – WWW.INSTAGRAM.COM/KIRSTENMARIAPHOTOS
The “never too old”
Never too old for love is all I can say about this frame. You can feel the connection, and the hands add another layer of “love” to this frame.
Klisza Art Studio – WWW.KLISZA-ART-STUDIO.PL
Just like the “surfboard”, this pose can be done on most beaches if there is a surfboard around. This shot is super cool because you also have a tiny reflection on the board.
Krzysztof Antas – WWW.ANTASKRZYSZTOF.COM
The “opera house”
An opera or theatre will give you a pretty epic location for your next session.
Kwestia Kadru – WWW.KWESTIAKADRU.PL
The “big bird”
If you are lucky enough to pose your couple in front of a large plane, you got lucky.
Kylie Farmer – WWW.KYLIEFARMER.COM
The “golden hour”
The light during the golden houris always beautiful, especially with a kissing couple.
Kylie Farmer – WWW.KYLIEFARMER.COM
If you have a couple that wears a uniform at their workplace, tell them to put it on.
Kylie Farmer – WWW.KYLIEFARMER.COM
The “pilot kiss”
This one could be taken right out of a movie. I guess pilots are way too cool not to kiss them!
Kylie Farmer – WWW.KYLIEFARMER.COM
A tiptoe adds an extra layer of cuteness to any couple kissing. It certainly looks perfect in this shot.
Kylie Farmer – WWW.KYLIEFARMER.COM
The “plane in the sky”
There are many ways to incorporate planes in a shoot as you just learned. The best is this one.
Laura Wallkotter – WWW.CAPTURE-LIFE.DE
The “spread your wings”
Similar to the “Titanic” this pose is super cool if you have your couple dance a bit while doing it.
The “cannon beach”
There is not much to say about Cannon Beach. It will be hard for you to take a wicked photo there. That means, whenever you can, head out and shoot there.
Leanne Rose Zayac – WWW.LEANNEROSEPHOTOGRAPHY.COM
We are calling this one the “Architect.” Just be aware of architecture and the way you can frame & pose your couples.
Lena Larsson – WWW.LENALARSSON.COM
Glamping is becoming more and more popular nowadays. You might as well use that to your advantage. Just check out how beautiful it can look.
Lukas Zysk – WWW.PROJEKT35.PL
The “chilling on a tree”
Brave couples will climb trees so you can take some epic shots.
Mario Schmitt – WWW.LOVEANDLIGHTS.DE
A personal fav of mine. Shooting through windows is underrated. If you can pull it off right, magic will happen.
Marissa Yuhas – WWW.MNYPHOTOGRAPHY.COM
The “last light”
The very last minutes of daylight are undoubtedly the most beautiful and intense ones. Perfect light for intimate shots like this one here.
Martijn Roos – WWW.MARTIJNROOS.COM
The “straight out of a movie”
Big fans of cinema might try this one next time. Set up a cool scene and add some black bars top and bottom to make it look like a screenshot.
Matteo Gueli – WWW.MATTEOGUELI.COM
Everyone loves fun fares, right? Jump on a carousel with your couple and try to take some awesome shots while flying through the air.
Megan Norman – WWW.THEBEATIFICLENS.COM
Nicolas Cage and John Travolta were the first ones. A pretty cool idea for any couple session.
Melissa Bales – WWW.COPPERANDIVYCOLLECTIVE.COM
The “shopping cart”
The “Jackass” guys made shopping carts famous, but there are also other ways to use them.
Melissa Jane Photography – WWW.MELISSAJANE.PHOTOGRAPHY
The “windy hair”
The wind is your best friend, remember that. The movement that it creates in hair and dresses can turn every standard image into a masterpiece.
Mic Panic – WWW.INSTAGRAM.COM/MIC.PANIC
The “fairy lights”
Fairy lights as props are super cool and super trendy. There are many ways to use them, and it does not matter how old a couple is.
Michal Dzido – WWW.YESIDO.NET.PL
The “blogger couple”
If you want to be Insta famous, this is the way to go. Indeed more posed and staged as all of the other shots, but maybe useful in some shoots.
Michal Lastowski – WWW.PARTIMETRAVELERS.COM
The “snuggle up”
It is always hard to make a sitting couple look natural and unposed. Just tell them to snuggle up to each other, and you should be fine.
Mike Zawadzki – WWW.MIKEZAWADZKI.COM
The “cheek to cheek”
Similar to the “face-off,” you can also do this shot with your couple touching cheeks and maybe even close eyes.
Miranda Anthony – WWW.INSTAGRAM.COM/MIRANDAANTHONY_LIFESTYLEPHOTO
The “spin around”
If you are a fan of movement in images, the “spin around” is your best option. It creates a natural flow every single time.
Miranda Cheney – WWW.MIRANDACHENEYPHOTOGRAPHY.COM
The “half scissor”
We showed you the “scissor” already, but you can also do it halfway as that will look a bit more natural.
Naba Zabih – WWW.NABAZABIH.COM
The “down by the river”
Rivers do always look good in images, so make sure to use them whenever you can.
Natalia Swiader – WWW.NATALIASWIADER.COM
Just like the wind, fog adds a specific magical layer to any of your images. It will also give you super soft skin tones.
Nicola Leigh Photography – WWW.NICOLALEIGH.COM
It might be better to change perspective sometimes. Just turn your images around or have your couple lay down the other way around to make it look more appealing.
OScar Dominguez – WWW.OSCARANDDASSI.COM
The “I will always love you”
A kiss can be more than just a kiss. It is the ultimate connection and the recipe for a healthy and long marriage.
Pablo Beglez – WWW.PABLOBEGLEZ.COM
The “panoramic view”
Try to use the environment to your advantage, especially if there are an ocean and islands nearby.
Pavol Delej – WWW.PAVOLDELEJ.SK
The “snowy city”
Most people tend to shoot in nature when it is snowing. Do not forget that cityscapes can also look super cute during the winter.
Pierre Atelier – WWW.PIERREATELIER.COM
The “perfect moment”
A couple, a pool, and that one moment. If your couple is into this, you might want to try your luck next time.
Piotr Zawada – WWW.PIOTRZAWADA.PL
The “off road.”
Just like rivers, roads can be creative elements for every image. Use their symmetry or direction to your advantage.
Przemyslaw Stradczuk – WWW.STRADPHOTO.COM
The “particle effect”
Tiny and small elements like dust or water can turn your image into an epic piece of art. Just look at how the sun is playing with these elements.
Qay Majid – WWW.WEDDINGSBYQAY.COM
The “magic moment”
It is hard even to find words to describe this shot. Everything comes together here.
Ricardo Quintana – WWW.RICARDOQUINTANAPHOTOGRAPHY.COM
The “dark hedges”
Dark hedges is a pretty famous spot in Northern Ireland. We highly recommend shooting there if you are around. Just look at how epic and creepy it is.
Rob Dight – WWW.EPICLOVEPHOTOGRAPHY.COM
Exposing for the sky, especially at sunset, will give you a fantastic silhouette of your couple.
Sage Justice – WWW.JUSTICEPHOTO.COM
The “sunflower field”
The symbol of happiness and the perfect place for a couple of shoots. If you are lucky enough to have a field anywhere near you, go out and create some magic reflections on rainy streets are the best. If your couple is brave enough to shoot under these conditions, use them to your advantage.
Samantha Byrd – WWW.SAMANTHABYRDPHOTOGRAPHY.COM
The “rainy street”
Reflections on rainy streets are the best. If your couple is brave enough to shoot under these conditions, use them to your advantage.
Sarah Brenner – WWW.SARAHBPHOTO.COM
The “Wes Anderson”
Always in the middle. That is what Wes Anderson movies are known for from a visual point of view. A pretty “hip” couple pose nowadays
Sarah England – WWW.SARAHENGLANDPHOTOGRAPHY.COM
The “couch potato”
You do not always need to head outside and look for epic locations. A couple spends the majority of their time together on a couch or in their bed. That is just the way it is. You might as well use that for some shots.
Shawn Ngirmang – WWW.TREESANDSEAS.COM
The “laughing kiss”
Adding a beautiful smile to a kiss can make any image look more genuine and real. This is one of the best examples.
Stephanie Hoffmann – WWW.SANDANDHAZEL.COM
The “touch your foreheads”
Touching foreheads is undoubtedly one of the oldest couple poses there is. Use it if you want to show the connection of a couple in a quiet moment.
Tanja Vagner – WWW.TANJANIWEDDINGS.COM
The “sporty one”
Sometimes it is smart to take photos at a sports location to showcase the hobby or passion a couple has for a sport.
Tasha Cline – WWW.TASHACLINEPHOTOGRAPHY.COM
The “booty” can be used for all of your wild couples that are crazy and okay with having their bareback seen by family and friends.
Tessa Woolworth – WWW.FOLKANDWAYFARER.COM
The “American beauty”
Laying down in a bed of flowers or flower petal will look good every single time. Try it out next time during your session.
The Ramsdens – WWW.WEARETHERAMSDENS.COM
The “epic sky”
Without the sky, this would probably be “another” couple shot. Good thing the color of the sky made this one special. You always want clouds for a dramatic sunset.
Theo Barros – WWW.THEOBARROSFOTOGRAFO.COM
The “slow shutter”
Drop your shutter speed, have your couple stand still and enjoy the blurry effect of movement.
Tiffany Roubert – WWW.TIFFANYROUBERT.COM
The “light leak”
Hated by some, loved by many. Light leaks can make your image stand out and also be used as a frame as you can see here.
Tiffany Watts – WWW.TIFFANYCURTIS.CO.NZ
The “ray of light”
Rays of light can look magical if you spice them up with dust, water or even smoke. Use that to your advantage and create something unique.
Tomasz Konopka – WWW.FOTOKONOPKA.PL
The moment when the sun drops under the horizon is the moment you have to pick up the camera and shoot. Face your couple towards the area, where the sun just set and enjoy the creamy goodness of beautiful skin tones.
Trina Cary – WWW.TRINACARYPHOTOGRAPHY.COM
The “flower field”
Flowers are your best friend and always look fantastic in images. Bonus points if the color matches the dress.