THE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS POSING GUIDE | SOFT FOCUS BRIDES #43

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.

Capturing those gorgeous portraits of the bride is essential for any wedding photographer to master and I'll let you into a secret, they don't always require precise posing or direction. You usually have limited time with the bride once she has slipped into her wedding dress and before she is due to leave for the ceremony, so mastering the bridal portraits is something you should become accustomed to very quickly. To ensure you always nail the portrait, find a place that has great natural light either indoors near a window or, weather permitting, outside. If you find a funky backdrop or some gorgeous natural light flowing in from a window ask your bride to position her self by it. For bridal portraits I always try and shoot at a slightly higher angle, whether that's standing on my tip toes, using a chair or anything else I can find to  get some leverage. I always attempt to grab a shot that focuses more on the bouquet than the bride but overtime I have found this a great way to grab a candid snap of the bride...

Ask the bride to lift her bouquet slightly higher and towards her face, asking her to look down towards the bouquet and suggesting that her face won't be in this photograph so she can pull whatever facial expression she wants, usually ends in a genuine smile and laughter which you can't help but snap. Notice that my focus and shallow depth of field is on the bouquet, whilst this brings more attention to the colours and textures in the bouquet, it also creates a gorgeous soft focus on the bride's facial features.