#1 Think on your feet
Posing starts from the feet up. For the guys, feet shoulder width apart communicates a strong and masculine stance. For the ladies put you weight on the foot furthest from the camera and bend the knee closest to the camera. This will do two things, make your hips look smaller and it gives your body extra curves.
#2 - What about my hands
This is the most common question I get and during an engagement session and the answer is easy, they should go on your favorite person. :-)
If you find that your hands are idle, for the guys it's easy to put them in your pocket. For the girls there are a few of options. Placing your hand on your waist adds curves and gives you the bonus of thinner looking arms. Another option is to place your hand on your thigh and then bend you elbow. If you are wearing a dress you can always hold your dress, coat, or hat.
The good news is you don't have to remember to think about it. I will help you depending on the location or situation where the best place to put your hands is.
#3 - Get close and comfortable
Be sure you brush your teeth before your engagement session because you are about to get up close and personal with your future spouse. Nothing communicates love and longing like being close with each other. Even if you are not a couple that normally shows affection in public, your engagement pictures should be an exception.
#4 - To kiss or not to kiss
During your engagement session I will ask you to kiss on the lips at least once or twice, but what I will ask for is forehead and cheek kisses. While I find these moments sweet and I love the way they translate into pictures you have to be careful how you pose your face. Avoid puckering up for the kiss. Simply put, when giving your fiance that sweet kiss, simply press your lips on their cheek, forehead or wherever you are giving them a kiss.
If you are going in for the kiss, better than the kiss on the lips is the almost kiss. Take moment, pause, and build the anticipation of the kiss before going in for it. Trust me this looks great in pictures.
#5 - Love, laugh, and enjoy
Some of the best pictures are not posed, they are candid and spontaneous. One of my favorite tricks for getting candid pictures is to have my couples walk. Other prompts to get those wonderful candid moments are; tell him a joke, tell her your favorite breakfast cereal in your sexiest voice, attack her with kisses. Don't get too caught up in posing and enjoy your session. Let me worry about placing your feet and hands and finding the right angles.