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 the groom and groomsmen before the ceremony is a must for any wedding photographer. If you’re a one man army/photographer like me, you will probably spend most of the morning with the bride and only have a few minuets with the groom and groomsmen just before they go into the ceremony. I always ask the gents to line up against a funky background, place the groom in the centre and ask the groomsmen to crowd around him. Ask the guys to relax while you perfect your camera settings, make sure you snap a few sly pictures whilst they think you’re not taking any, you can capture some fantastic moments. Ask the guys to stay relaxed and look towards the camera, experiment with your crops, don’t assume all your shots have to feature their feet. In this shot I decided to add more backdrop to the top of the image, be creative and break the mould.
Try mixing up the backgrounds with male and female groups, you can choose more ‘masculine’ backdrops for the groomsmen, think steel shutters, brick walls and so on. Having a variety of backgrounds in your group shots between the bridal party and the groomsmen will make the collection of images you deliver even more awesome!
Do you have any top tips for photographing the groomsmen? Do you shoot weddings as a lone wolf?