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 all important gorgeous portraits of the Bride before she heads off to marry the man of her dreams is a challenging aspect for any wedding photographer. You're usually short on time, the room you're in is chaotic and there are plenty of distractions in the background. For a quick 2 second portrait of the Bride, ask her to stand with one of her shoulders facing a window, then stand yourself on a chair or something to gain a higher vantage point. The angle from above along with a tight crop and shallow depth of field will firstly eliminate any distractions in the background, and secondly give you a perfect flattering image of the Bride.
Many hotel rooms or bedrooms where Brides get ready are poorly lit, so make use of window light and don't forget you can also raise your ISO to help you out in these situations. Whilst you have the bride in this position, direct her to look in various directions around the room and then finally back at the camera. If you master this pose I guarantee you will use it at every wedding you shoot.