THE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS POSING GUIDE | THE ALTERNATIVE KISS #5

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. 

  NIKON D700 | 50MM NIKKOR 1.4 LENS | 1/640 sec | ISO 320 | F 1.4

NIKON D700 | 50MM NIKKOR 1.4 LENS | 1/640 sec | ISO 320 | F 1.4

Couples love those romantic shots, everyone knows the type of shot, it looks natural, there is no eye contact with the camera and the image really portrays the couples love for each other. Sure you have plenty of opportunities through the day to capture those candid shots, but many a time you can create a very special moment in your posing. 

To achieve this pose, firstly, you need your groom to be at least slightly taller than his Bride. You can achieve more height by asking the Groom to stand slightly on his tiptoes which you can see, if you look closely, in this image of Louise & Marty.  Direct the Bride to hold her bouquet central to herself and the groom and point the bouquet slightly towards the camera and ask the groom to also hold the bouquet to create that symmetric look. Have the groom kiss the Brides forehand and ask them both to close their eyes and hold the pose. 

Once you have captured the wide shot, move in for a tighter crop, you may want to try the Bride & Groom smiling for a cropped shot. Without changing the pose you can ask both the Bride & Groom to face the camera and ask the Bride to place her head on the Groom's Chest, I spoke about this pose a few weeks ago CUTE AND CUDDLY

Tip: The shot places a lot of emphasis on both the Bride’s Dress and Groom’s Suit, make sure you pay particular attention to how the Bride’s dress looks.You may need to 'fluff out' her dress so it sits perfectly on the ground. 


Do you have any useful tips when asking your Bride & Groom to hold a pose? Have you captured a similar photograph and pose?