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.
Sometimes as a wedding photographer you can be invited to capture a wedding in the most amazing venues, if you're lucky enough to be faced with an awesome backdrop/location make sure you utilise the space to your advantage. Whilst most wedding photographers will jump at the chance to snap the bride & groom portraits outside, make sure you're aware of what inside the venue has to offer. Finding luxury decors and elegant designs inside can create stunning portraits for your clients and has the potential to have that 'fashion magazine' appeal.
For this particular shot of Natasha & Josh, I was blessed with this awesome backdrop. If the space you have has a chair or bench ask the bride to take a seat. A seated bride isn't something you see everyday in wedding photography but it can make for a gorgeous and elegant look that the bride will love. When placing emphasis on the location, you can relax your posing instructions to the bride and groom as not all the focus is on them.
Posing the bride and groom casually and centred gives that candid and stylish look, ensure that their bodies slightly point towards each other rather than straight towards the camera. Having a chair means you can ask grooms who may feel awkward with their hands and arms to place them on the back of the chair or their wife's shoulder.
Once you're happy with the shot, ask the bride & groom to interact with each other and capture some variations. Don't be afraid to spend a little longer on awesome locations and backdrops, your clients, and not to mention the venue, will appreciate it when they see the finished photographs!