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 all those wedding photographers and brides out there, rain can be a very scary subject and if it's something you don't talk about with your clients / photographer before the big day, wet weather can be a tough cookie to master. When the heavens do open, you need to have enough practice to use rain to your advantage, seriously next time it rains and you have a spare couple of hours, go out and practice shooting your friends/family in the rain.
I actually relish the challenge of shooting in the rain, my car is packed with cute and wacky umbrellas and the couples I capture are usually more than happy to get outside and shoot... mainly because we have discussed the possibility prior. There are so many ways you can pose your couples under umbrellas, for this particular shot of Jo & Rich I used a see through umbrella which allowed me to capture this super cute portrait of them both. Transparent umbrellas are so awesome and actually quite practical, having the couples heads fully underneath the umbrella means you wont be ruining any of those gorgeous hairstyles. Top Tip, if your couples would rather wait for the rain to pass, pop up an umbrella and leave it outside in the rain, once the rain stops take the couple outside and get a few shots with the 'wet' umbrella - there's just something about raindrops that rock!
For the pose itself you can be fairly simple with your directions, a subtle kiss or smile will make for a great shot, you may even get a few giggles because no one expects a bride & groom to be stood outside in the rain. Be conscious about the background you choose, something a little wacky or different can really make these shots pop.
Don't forget to try and keep yourself as dry as possible and your camera gear dry at all times, there are plenty of plastic covers for your lens and camera bodies out there.