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 moments of the Bride & Groom saying 'I Do' is significant and very important moments. Whilst there aren't any posing instructions required from the photographer, it does require a lot of knowledge and experience to capture the perfect shots. Firstly, I would always recommend you have spoken to the couple about the wedding ceremony, ensure they have an idea of the shots you want to capture and ideally where you will be standing - that way you will avoid any awkwardness between the couple and your camera lens. Secondly, you need to speak to the venue and registrars, priest or the person responsible for leading the ceremony. 9 times out of 10, as long as you have spoken prior to the ceremony, be it before the wedding date or 10 minutes before the ceremony, you will all be singing from the same hymn sheet... pardon the pun. Some venues and individuals have certain restrictions, some may not allow you to stand at the front, some may not allow you to photograph at certain points or at all, or some may say 'Hey, do what you like'!
I personally prefer to be stood at the front just over the Grooms shoulder in order to capture the expressions of the bride. I limit my movements during ceremonies so it's not always possible to capture the Groom's expressions, again it all depends on various factors. I'm very conscious about my movements during the ceremony, you want all the guests, and of course the Bride & Groom, to be looking at each other so by limiting your movements you wont draw any attention to you. Using the Holdfast Money Maker camera strap also allows me to have two camera bodies and lenses with me without having to bend down and swap lenses during a ceremony. Always be prepared to capture genuine moments of love, laughter and even tears. I always bump my ISO high to allow my shutter speed to be fast enough to capture any quick moments, worry less about perfecting your settings and more about capturing those genuine expressions of love.