Capturing those perfect moments with just the Bride & Groom is my all-time favourite part of a Wedding. It takes time, experience and a lot of skill to perfect portraiture in photography and my approach has always been to capture natural & creative photographs of the Bride & Groom.
Each week I will share one of my Wedding Images, sharing my tips on posing, how to encourage the couple with feedback and prompts and give an overview of my camera settings.
Remember that each Wedding is different, I have a handful of posing ideas I use, each pose can lead to something different and unique. Capturing a perfect portrait is not always about posing, asking the Bride and Groom to kiss can lead to genuine laughter, that moment can create some of the best photographs of the day.
Group shots... I can picture many wedding photographers screaming at their desks just reading the title of this week's Wedding Photographers Posing Guide, it's safe to say group shots aren't every photographer's favourite, but there are ways to make them fun... I promise!
The trick with group shots is to spend less time on the formalities, standing symmetrically, everyone's shoulders facing in the correct direction etc and more time on making them informal, fun and quick. Let's be honest, other than the grandparents, most Bride & Grooms along with all their guests don't want to spend hours posing for formal group shots.
For fun, natural and a hint of formal group shots, place the Bride & Groom as the foundation of the image - usually central but don't be afraid to break this mould either. From there you can add couples, parents individuals and families, try layering people rather than positioning them in a straight line. For this particular shot of Allanah & Duncan and their family, I place the Bride & Groom slightly off centre to the camera's left and placed emphasis on their son & daughter at the front of the image. One good tip with children is never leave them secluded from the image, if they're young enough, ask the parents to pick them up in their arms, or if they're a tad too big try suggesting younger family members (teens/young adults) to crouch down with them to place some focus on them.
Capturing groups this way creates a more editorial style shot, it's 100 times better than the whole family stood in a straight line and it's actually less effort for you, the photographer. As with all group shots, be sure to evaluate the shot before you let them all head off to the bar, also make sure you take a few of the same shots, you're always bound to have eyes closed or strange facial expressions.