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.
For this cute and connected shot of Zoe & Billy, I found a flat backdrop I was happy to work with, in this case an old barn door on a farm. Position the groom so he is facing towards the camera, once you're happy with his positioning and posture ask the bride to stand by his side and then direct her to cuddle into him. Suggest to the groom to kiss her forehead, ensure the groom is tall enough to spare any embarrassing situations. I can guarantee the longer you ask him to continue with the kiss, the more 'awkward' laughter the pose will bring. Ask the bride to look into the distance, or if you have a group of guests/on lookers ask her to look towards them and suggest to the group 'it's their job to make her laugh'.
Ensure you experiment with your composition and angles, I particularly love to shoot this pose from slightly lower than the couples eye line, but it can also work as an even closer crop, a side view placing more emphasis on either the bride or groom or as a wide shot to capture more of the backdrop.
If you're struggling to capture genuine smiles and laughter, suggest the bride squeezes her husband really hard, usually this will make them both bring a giggle to the shot. You may decide to approach this pose with a more subtle approach to their facial expressions, it works perfectly as a more traditional 'look towards the camera' look.