Perfect Posing Techniques for Wedding Photographers By Jerry Ghionis

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As a wedding photographer you want your clients to look and feel amazing, and in this class Jerry Ghionis will teach you how to pose the bride, the groom, and the family, while bringing out their strengths and minimizing their weaknesses.

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Join Jerry Ghionis as he shares his ideas on posing, and teaches you the language you can use to confidently and effectively direct your subjects.
The female form is all about curves, and when posing a bride you want to make sure you are posing her in ways that accentuates her strengths, minimizes her weaknesses, and creates flattering curves.
When it comes to posing, the groom is often forgotten or not posed at all, but this is a missed opportunity. By paying attention to how you position his chest and shoulders you can create photos that really stand out from all the rest.
When posing guys we can sometimes run out of things to do. Jerry shares a number of additional posing techniques to expand your repertoire.
Jerry shares a number of techniques for bringing out the best in your couples. By making subtle changes in fundamental poses, as well as your shooting position, you'll never run out of poses again!
Learn how to avoid those common mistakes when photographing your couples.
From groups of bridesmaids to entire families, learn pro tips for capturing over 25 different styles of shots in under 5 minutes.
Jerry wraps up the day with some ideas for how to change up your family shots, and a quick recap of everything covered in class.
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Jerry Ghionis


Widely regarded as one of the top five best wedding photographers in the world. Jerry Ghionis is based in both Melbourne, Australia and Beverly Hills, California. He travels frequently on international photography assignments and speaking engagements. With the flair of a fashion designer and the ingenuity of an architect his style can be ...

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  1. Profile photo of rh rh

    Jerry-freaking-Ghionis! This guy is amazing! Great photographer. Great guy. Excellent course.

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    This course alone is worth what I paid for the yearly subscription !!

  3. Profile photo of sleepyking sleepyking

    Hi Jerry, I am waiting for your next video !!
    You forgot your fans here ??

  4. Profile photo of Markus Markus

    I very much enjoyed this. Excellent teacher and very solid course. One of the best overall on Kelby One (with perhaps the ones with Jay Maisel, he’s such an interesting person, really someone who you should listen to closely if you want to improve as a photographer).

  5. Profile photo of Bob Bob

    DO NOT WATCH THIS CLASS if you are a wedding photographer in my area! This material is the last thing I want my competitors watching.

    I’m kidding about nobody watching these videos – if you are a wedding photographer in any market, don’t miss this material.

    Real skill, true practical knowledge… these come from being in the trenches, banging your head against a problem again and again, losing sleep over it until one night – WAM – you get it.

    Jerry has clearly had many of these “Aha” moments in his career. He’s named his techniques – the way you do with things you love because you fought long and hard for them. This makes the material entertaining, but more, it makes it memorable.

    I know that this Sunday, I’ll be posing a bride and I’m going to think “Telephone Number” or “Always Soft…” These are tools that will be in my arsenal for a very long time.

    Thanks, Jerry, for doing the struggling for us. And thanks for making it so entertaining and memorable that I watched all of the videos (the first time) in one day, and didn’t even notice the time.

  6. Profile photo of Staceyliza Staceyliza

    Amazing course! So much great information and Jerry does a great job of laying out out for us! Thanks!

  7. Profile photo of quentinsf quentinsf

    I’ve enjoyed all the Kelby courses I’ve watched, but Jerry is definitely one of the best. More please!

  8. Profile photo of lucienr lucienr

    Good course. Thanks for the good tips! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  9. Profile photo of dutchinny dutchinny

    Outstanding!!!! Love his use of metaphors because it’s so much easier to remember. Just put the keywords such as ‘PHONE #’ in my IPhone notes and I’ll remember how to generate a million poses effortlessly! I hope!!!! One of the best classes!!!! BRAVO!! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  10. Profile photo of debhenley debhenley

    Great instructor, down to earth, funny, clear. Loved all of it. Can’t wait to see if he has more courses. If he doesn’t, bring him back to do more! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  11. Profile photo of MikMc77 MikMc77

    Great instruction on a subject that so many of us struggle with. Jerry does an excellent job of communicating and demonstrating what works and what doesn’t work. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  12. Profile photo of Creekside Creekside

    I’ve read all four of Scott Kelby’s Digital Photography books twice! Once, when I first wanted to learn about photography about 8 months ago, and just recently after I’ve learned more and understand and retained even more the second time. Now, I just watched Jerry Ghionis Perfect Posing Techniques for Wedding Photography. Everything he said, every point me made was very important and informational. He didn’t blather on and bore me, I could barely take all the great advice in fast enough. Everything he said had purpose. Incredible! I can’t wait to try his suggestions out. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  13. Profile photo of dilipjoshi.boss dilipjoshi.boss

    Absolute genius! Fantastic knowledge and experience communicated brilliantly – one of the best trainers and courses on Kelby Training. One or two courses like this alone are worth the annual subscription! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  14. Profile photo of tonyfwhite tonyfwhite

    Great, very helpful and down to earth. Useful for any kind of posing and portrait work not just weddings. Looking forward to seeing more from Jerry —- Yes, please post my feedback

  15. Profile photo of barts7 barts7

    Awesome presentation on positioning. Certainly applicable for all portrait sessions, not just for wedding photography. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  16. Profile photo of Michael Lloyd Michael Lloyd

    This was an eye opening course that has given me insight into posing in general (not just wedding poses). I am glad that I took the time to watch it. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  17. Profile photo of Moroni Moroni

    This was the BEST posing training I have ever seen! Just outstanding! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  18. Profile photo of bouncekaren bouncekaren

    I’m not even through this course (my first) and I’m thrilled beyond words with what I’m learning! AMAZING! Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge. It’s worth the price and then some. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  19. Profile photo of Richard Garrow Richard Garrow

    Great course it really gave me some idea’s. I could not say enough about Jerry. Thanks! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  20. Profile photo of Jock Goodman Jock Goodman

    One of the MOST usefull classes I’ve taken on KT,. Posing is definitely my weak point, but now I’m more confident to shoot a wedding….well, I’ll start as second shooter. I’m mostly a sports shooter, so this will be a new skill. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  21. Profile photo of wonka wonka

    Excelent speaker, precise, direct and to the point. No nonsense but light hearted. What i get most out of this lesson is how to speak to the subject and for them to be confident not only in me as the photographer but in themselves, that im there to guide (pose) and capture their best side and moment possible. This was an excellent lesson and one that is well worth watching again and again! Im sure i will get more out of this lesson every time i watch it. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  22. Profile photo of PMGrambo PMGrambo

    This is one of the best instructors you have at Kelby training. And allthough the theme is wedding, the things that he teaches can be transferred to any kind of people photography. Let’s see some more of this guy! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  23. Profile photo of Ocean-Staff Ocean-Staff

    Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge. I have made some mistakes in the past and was looking for ways of getting things right. Especially with the bride posing. Direction of light and just bringing out the best in her. My next bride will be happier and i will be much more confident. Thank you. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  24. Profile photo of dilumjr dilumjr

    really good.

  25. Profile photo of jd300x jd300x

    Great course! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  26. Profile photo of evlens56 evlens56

    very pleasant guy easy to follow lots of good tips

  27. Profile photo of geekay79 geekay79

    Just brilliant. Ive seen this over and over again (primarily cuz I’m a slow learner !) and I love seeing it each time. Best course on Kelby so far!! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  28. Profile photo of 1060436 1060436

    What a tremendously useful tutorial for all portrait photographers with so many new details offered for posing people to best advantage. Delivery was first class. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  29. Profile photo of Karen Jones Karen Jones

    I loved the course, especially the part on shooting larger people.

  30. Profile photo of Diane Schulman Diane Schulman

    Excellent course and PHENOMENAL instructor! The posing techniques and the information in this course was very valuable and not just for wedding photography! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  31. Profile photo of LexaDryke LexaDryke

    Great course! Very instructive and fun. Thanks Jerry! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  32. Profile photo of Wayne Wayne

    This was amazing!! A real professional approach to technique and taught with exceptional confidence. Jerry is a gifted teacher and an asset to the profession. KelbyTraining is one of the best investments I have made in my efforts to become a better photographer! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  33. Profile photo of Glen Mahan Glen Mahan

    This is just a great class! Jerry teaches you through these posing techniques how to put the “art” back into photography, which is something a lot of us has forgotten how to do. I would love to see Jerry do more of these posing techniques! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  34. Profile photo of Sean Holder Sean Holder

    Jerry Ghionis courses are excellent. Learned more in this short period of time than shooting several weddings. Incredible instructor! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  35. Profile photo of vizio2010 vizio2010

    Excellent! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  36. Profile photo of jibba02 jibba02

    Priceless. Didn’t think money could buy information like this. Please get him back Scott —- Yes, please post my feedback

  37. Profile photo of scozz scozz

    Outstanding…compliments. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  38. Profile photo of AussieInLondonUK AussieInLondonUK

    Just loved this course. Okay, I am biased as I am an Aussie too. But I learned a lot of things that never occurred to me. And I am NOT a wedding photographer.

    Thoroughly enjoyable. Good, simple language. (even stuff that only Aussies relate to. LOL)

    Would recommend in a New York Minute. (See Johnny Carson Show for explanation of NYM.)

    Mark —- Yes, please post my feedback

  39. Profile photo of jimcostello jimcostello

    I learned a lot and every time I watch the presentation I learn more.
    Jim Costello —- Yes, please post my feedback

  40. Profile photo of drmckay drmckay

    Wow, I learned more in these two posing courses than the last five years. Good thing that it isne video tape I would wear it out. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  41. Profile photo of Stan Nowotny Stan Nowotny

    This course was excellent. I would love to see more like it! Instruction was quick and to the point. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  42. Profile photo of RPanick RPanick

    Very useful techniques, thank you.

    As a follow up, assuming you haven’t done it yet, it would be cool to do a similar session for studio work, perhaps with examples of lighting. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  43. Profile photo of Juliecortens Juliecortens

    I have watched this three time now. Wow it is FULL of wonderful nuggets of information and ideas. Jerry is concise, to the point and fun to watch and learn from; a great teacher! He packs a lot of information into his class. Love him! My only regret is that there are only two sessions from him here on Kelby training. Would surely love more please. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  44. Profile photo of Alain Robitaille Alain Robitaille

    I’ve been watching it for the 4th time now. This course is amazing. Lots of good infos. Thanks

    Montreal Canada —- Yes, please post my feedback

  45. Profile photo of Juan Carlos Guzman Juan Carlos Guzman

    awesome class man, now I have more guidelines about to pose people, very nice class, congrats, great instructor —- Yes, please post my feedback

  46. Profile photo of rabadi.tareq rabadi.tareq

    Amazing Amazing Amazing lesson, we need more like these please , we need more on wedding stuff from this guy —- Yes, please post my feedback

  47. Profile photo of GregSamborski GregSamborski

    I’ve never taken so many notes for one video. Not only is Jerry great at posing, he’s a phenomenal teacher. I’d really like more lessons on interacting with clients. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  48. Profile photo of bfiser bfiser

    Love Jerry, I saw him on tour with Sandy Puc’, he is great. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  49. Profile photo of Ross Ross

    This class in posing for wedding photographs is superb. Jerry’s teaching style is easy to follow but still moves quickly. I found many of the concepts applicable outside of wedding photography which suits my needs well. His methods are logical and sensible and will work with subjects who are not necessarily comfortable in front of the camera. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  50. Profile photo of Nick Nick

    Over all, I liked the session, but I would have preferred that it be done on location in a real life situtation instead against a white backdrop – was a little annoying. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  51. Profile photo of allypuk allypuk

    I think thats the most usefull class I have ever watched, this was fab and really really helped me, thank you! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  52. Profile photo of traps27 traps27

    Excellent workshop, great advice mate, I love your work I hope you do another workshop this time Posing with light, may a location shoot as well. ( John Ferraro ) —- Yes, please post my feedback

  53. Profile photo of Darrell Hancock Darrell Hancock

    I have a new favorite instructor now, finally someone who can explain posing in a way that helps you remember it.

    Thanks Kelby Training
    Darrell —- Yes, please post my feedback

  54. Profile photo of Shawn Sprouse Shawn Sprouse

    Great video series. The section on group shots and multiple shots in little time I found to be very valuable and helpful. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  55. Profile photo of brackets77 brackets77

    Love this training video makes so much sense and learnt loads —- Yes, please post my feedback

  56. Profile photo of barrie01 barrie01

    Absolutely loved both of Jerry’s classes. Easy to understand with simple techniques that just work. Have always struggled a little with posing but after watching Jerry’s class has given me more confidence and to feel in control.

    Barrie —- Yes, please post my feedback

  57. Profile photo of Sandra Crocker Sandra Crocker

    Liked this course a lot due to the content and presentation. Got to the point quickly and effectively. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  58. Profile photo of cindyt01 cindyt01

    The best course I have done on here yet! So simple to understand & he does an awesome job at explaining things. Hope to see more like this! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  59. Profile photo of bmdillar bmdillar

    I like the format of this class for a change of pace. Good content too. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  60. Profile photo of John Ferreira John Ferreira

    Just excellent – very good information – enjoyed watching and hope to put into practice —- Yes, please post my feedback

  61. Profile photo of ajitharavind ajitharavind

    Brilliant! Hands down the best teacher out there… —- Yes, please post my feedback

  62. Profile photo of Ann Thompson Ann Thompson

    Wow! This was wonderful! All seemed so real and comfortable! Examples were superb!

  63. Profile photo of knlpix knlpix

    Learned so much from Jerry Ghionis in a very short period of time – he’s great at communicating, both verbally and visually – he made great use of available light in each scenario – this course is time well spent watching Jerry Ghionis in action – —- Yes, please post my feedback

  64. Profile photo of Carsten H Carsten H

    This course helped me so much to understand what impact great posing can have. What an eyeopener this was. Thank you Jerry! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  65. Profile photo of Gregory Gregory

    I’m in total agreement with the past comments. Outstanding! This is the way to teach. Understandable, applicable and entertaining. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  66. Profile photo of Martin Zwick Martin Zwick

    Exciting, Simple, easy to understand, European ease. Lots of useable information. I am waiting for his next course on kelby training.

    (In my german dialekt from the south, we would say ” Et schlecht, hot er kenna / not bad, he has his job well done:)”

    Applause Applause :)
    Greetings Martin —- Yes, please post my feedback

  67. Profile photo of 1038158 1038158

    Fantastic course! By far the best I’ve seen on wedding posing. More from Jerry G — Please! —- No, I’d keep it between us

  68. Profile photo of Andrew Andrew

    Been a member now for a few years and this has got to be one of the best course Ive seen so far. Great teachers can take something seemingly complicated and turn it into a ‘of course’ moment. When Jerry explained things, I heard the light bulbs go of in my head. . Informative, easy to follow an entertaining. More please. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  69. Profile photo of divot00 divot00

    This course was exactly what I was looking for. I have studied a lot about lighting and technique but did not know much at all about posing. It would be great if you could do a few more videos on posing of groups, families and casual portraits. Those are the basics that are critical.
    Thanks for this video! Please do more from different instructors to understand how each person has a different technique and way to execute. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  70. Profile photo of Jan Winther Sorensen Jan Winther Sorensen

    Honestly, that was probably the most useful, incredible, and penny-dropping (hope you know what i mean) course on wedding photography yet. Wow. I really hope to see more from Jerry in the future, what an amazing teacher and instructor. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  71. Profile photo of Leanne Leanne

    As an Aussie – it is great to see another Aussie as one of your instructors, but importantly I believe this is a very practical and informative course! Lots I can use for my own portrait sessions. Definitely one of your best courses here at Kelby Training! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  72. Profile photo of cparedesb cparedesb

    just terrific,very practical. this is the way courses should be. help us make money so we can buy equipment. the new format of the course is good with the audience. do the same course about posing in FASHION. posing is 80% of the picture. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  73. Profile photo of kford263 kford263

    I really enjoyed this course. I’ve watch several that talk about other important aspects of photography (light, location, composition), but when I went to practice those lessons learned I had some serious brain-lock on how to get the subjects into a position that compliments them best. Great course! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  74. Profile photo of Michael Conner Michael Conner

    Most straight forward, and practical course I’ve seen yet. Simple, yet perfect tricks and tips to make an average “shoot” become a top notch “shoot”. I may watch again, and jot down notes to keep in my bag. Thanks Kelby Training….. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  75. Profile photo of laurentp laurentp

    Really Really great course. Quick and instructive. Thank you this will help me very much ! —- No, I’d keep it between us

  76. Profile photo of andeslo andeslo

    I wish that there is more! Awesome course! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  77. Profile photo of rookie rookie

    I’ve been Kelby Training subscriber for at least three years, and this is by far, the best course ever produce by you guys. Great work! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  78. Profile photo of davidkey davidkey

    This was a great course, would love to see more on posing. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  79. Profile photo of justindabuet justindabuet

    Effin great! Even if you don’t shoot weddings this has a lot of great tips for the aspiring professional. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  80. Profile photo of chadp23 chadp23

    The Best Poser Out there, Bar None. Traditional Techniques with Craft but with a Modern Twist —- Yes, please post my feedback

  81. Profile photo of kfmdesigns kfmdesigns

    In my short tome as a Wedding and Portrait photographer, I have shot over 500 weddings and many portraits. This course was amazing, I always say that if I come away with one good point it was worth the money for the month. With what I learned I think that I will be good for the year.

    I had a mentor years ago Donal Jack that was amazing and though me a lot. Jerry is a modern day Donal on steroids.

    Please have him back again.

    Thanks Scott to you and your team, July’s instructor has big shoes to fill.

    KFM Designs
    Flagstaff AZ —- Yes, please post my feedback

  82. Profile photo of Denis Denis

    Excellent course. Would love to see Jerry putting his techniques to work in a live wedding / other shoot situation. More please —- Yes, please post my feedback

  83. Profile photo of ricpix ricpix

    This guy is amazing! I love this curse. Keep it up! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  84. Profile photo of colmarino colmarino

    This was a very well made course about how to direct people into great posing.
    Gerry is a fantastic teacher and transpires tones of confidence when teaching, he has shown a lot of great techniques and poses that are really easy to put into practice.

    Definitely a must see video course! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  85. Profile photo of Alex Grace Alex Grace

    Fantastic class! Makes you feel more confident in posing regardless of what type photography you’re doing! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  86. Profile photo of Chris Rowe Chris Rowe

    Relaxed, funny, natural and above all informative. One of the best classes I’ve ever seen on posing and up there with the best of any videos on Kelby. And it includes posing groups which is always a nightmare!

    Can you get him back to do more classes soon?!

    You do however owe me for cleaning a monitor covered in coke when he did the “guy posing on chair watching the game” :-)

    —- Yes, please post my feedback

  87. Profile photo of Pierre Lavigne Pierre Lavigne

    Exciting. Really effective course. I am starting in wedding photography for fun (even if I have 60). I learned a lot. Thank you and I am anxious to see your next session on lighting. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  88. Profile photo of loml2loml loml2loml

    Thank you so much for bringing Jerry onboard. I can’t count the hours I’ve spent researching posing and lighting, and I’ve never seen anyone better. He offers the complete package of lighting, posing, emotion, and composition. Posing has become my biggest challenge, so the detailed explanations are very helpful. Would love to see him do a course on working with window light, including how he determines his exposures. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  89. Profile photo of abuenavi abuenavi

    Love this! I have always admired Jerry Ghionis’ work. I wanted to join ICE society(jerry’s own educational website) but it was just out of my budget. I am sure there are much more content there but this is awesome as well. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  90. Profile photo of Marty99 Marty99

    Great video. One of the best on Kelbytraining. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  91. Profile photo of JohnnieDowling JohnnieDowling

    Just fantastic. By far and away the best course I’ve seen on Kelby Training. More please! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  92. Profile photo of lucianajustice lucianajustice

    Another amazing course, Jerry Ghionis teaches some simple yet valuable concepts and tips for posing the male and female body, not only for weddings but that can be used in any type of photosession. Loved this course, not long, just right! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  93. Profile photo of Brian Wanyama Brian Wanyama

    Brilliant course! It was really easy to follow and the tips even easier to remember. Jerry has a great way of interacting with the models and the audience which in and of itself is was a learning experience for me. I hope to see more courses like this one. —- Yes, please post my feedback

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