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.
This lovely shot of Bride Emily was captured just before she left for the ceremony, you are often limited with how much time you have between the bride getting into her dress to her leaving for the wedding so it's crucial you maximise the small photo opportunities you have. For an elegant shot of the bride place her on a chair or the edge of the bed near to a window, this will allow you as the photographer to elevate yourself. Capturing portraits slightly above the eye line of your subject creates flattering portraits that your clients will really appreciate. It's also the perfect angle if the room is full of distractions or even people (bridesmaids) that you don't want in the background of your shot.
The bride will usually feel comfortable and relaxed sat down so don't be afraid to capture a range of facial expressions and try slight adjustments to your positioning. For this shot in particular, I asked Emily to look down to her right just above her bouquet. Rather than putting all the focus on the brides facial expression this places focus on the details of the dress and bouquet.
Use this same angle to capture similar images of the bride adjusting her earrings for example, this type of shot will go down especially well with the brides parents and grandparents!