THE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS POSING GUIDE | TAKE COVER #44

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. 

 

 

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. 


THE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS POSING GUIDE | SMILING FACES AND AWESOME PLACES #42

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! 

THE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS POSING GUIDE | TOGETHER IN LOVE #41

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.