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 photographs, you and your clients either love them or hate them, but whatever your outlook they're usually an important part of the couple's big day and a great chance for you to grab a few gorgeous snaps of family & friends. One in particular is the groom, bride, best-man and all the bridesmaids. If you have a stunning backdrop, awesome wall/barn door or anything that just looks cool then use it to your advantage for a few group shots. For this particular shot of Alison & Patrick, along with the bridal party, I new the castle would make for a brilliant backdrop. I began by placing the bride and groom in the middle, firstly I positioned them in the pose which I have described in a previous posing guide: GRIT & CONTRAST #14. Once you have the newly weds in place start to add other members, don't focus too much on posing anyone else, let them stand in positions they feel comfortable and be ready to snap any genuine smiles and laughter as they try to organise themselves. The only posing I focus on during group shots, other than the bride & groom, is asking the individuals to move closer together and slightly turn their shoulder (furtherest from the bride & groom) towards the camera.
Remember to always be ready to capture unexpected moments, 50% of my favourite group shots have come from very limited guidance from myself.