Couple portraits are all about capturing the fun and intimate moments that encompass a couple, but sometimes people need a little help to relax and forget there’s a camera pointed in their direction. Lucky for you, we created a list of our favorite posing prompts that are a sure way to get your couple feeling carefree and for you to switch up your go-to poses.
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photo by Cedar and Pines
Movement Posing Prompts
With arms around each other, walk towards me like you’re drunk.
With arms around each other, take large steps in front of your partner (but be careful not to fall!).
Play the couple’s favorite song and have them dance.
Face one another and spin around in circles while holding hands.
Have your couple stand far away from each other and then run towards each other for a big bear hug.
Have one person slightly walk in front of the other, leading them while looking back every so often.
Stand next to each other and bump hips, trying to get the other person off-balance.
Lift and spin your partner around.
Give your partner a piggyback ride.
Run around and play tag.
Hold hands and run towards me.
Run up behind your partner and give them a surprise bear hug.
Dance like you’re at your wedding reception—bumpin’ music playing, surrounded by all of your friends, and a few drinks in.
photo by Laurken Kendall
Intimate Posing Prompts
Kissing game! Kiss your partner in three places that are not on the mouth.
Get close and express how much you love one another with only using your eyes.
Go in for a kiss, but don’t kiss until I say. Hold still for a moment.
Have one person nuzzle the other’s cheek with their nose.
With your foreheads touching and eyes closed, breathe each other in and out.
Hug like you won’t see each other for six months.
Give butterfly kisses on each other’s cheeks, necks, shoulders, etc.
Tell your partner why you love them.
Play with each other’s hair.
Sit down on the floor and tie yourselves up like a human pretzel.
photo by Henry Tieu
Silly Posing Prompts
In your sexiest voice, whisper your grocery list into your partner’s ear.
Pinch your partner’s butt!
Stand side-by-side holding hands and tell me an embarrassing story about your partner.
Tickle your partner.
Play with his beard.
Tell a joke.
Quote a funny line from your favorite movie.
photo by Laura Olson
Home Session Posing Prompts
While you can use the above prompts at a couple’s home session, here are a few more that are focused on getting cozy and intimate inside.
Jump on the bed.
Lay down, tangle up with each other’s arms, and just be in the moment.
Dance around and play with your pet.
Make a drink together—coffee, tea, cocktail, etc.
Get cozy on the couch and sip on your beverage.
And of course, when in doubt—kiss!
What’s one of your favorite posing prompts to use with your couples? Tell us below!
photo by Fox & Kin