To Pose or Not to Pose

I often hear people say that they don’t like “posed” photos and would prefer photos to look “natural”. For a long time I have wondered why this is so since the some of the greatest wedding photos ever created by world famous wedding photographers such as Doug Gordon, Sal Cincotta and Jerry Ghionnis are all posed. I then read a comment by Doug Gordon on a website that people do not like “posed” photos because photographers put them in poses which do not produce flattering photos appropriate to the moment. He went on to say that it is the photographers responsibility to pose people correctly for every situation and mood. Sal Cincotta says very much the same and further notes that fantasy and romance in photos cannot be captured by waiting for a moment to happen, but rather by creating a moment of romance or fantasy by correct posing and then capturing it to look natural.

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