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 absolutely gorgeous portrait of Amy was captured on the morning of her Wedding just before she left for the ceremony. I'm a big fan of backlight in portraiture and it works especially well when photographing a full length shot of the bride in her wedding dress. It's a fairly simply shot that can create a flattering portrait of the Bride.
I used a large window behind Amy to provide the backlight, I made sure the room was reflecting enough light back onto Amy so that I didn't have to use flash. I asked Amy to position herself on the edge of the chair, that way it forces the subject to sit upright, and ensures the Bride's posture and figure looks perfect. I initially asked Amy to look directly into the camera, I then asked Mum & Dad who was stood to the side how proud they were which created this absolutely gorgeous photograph.
If you prefer a similar effect can be created by having the Bride stand up or by using a backlight doorway, always ensure there is enough light on the subject, a flash or reflector can be very handy for these type of shots. If you're not confident with you exposure triangle, try using spot metering on the Brides face to ensure you don't under expose the photograph. Don't forget to keep a close eye on your highlights if the Bride is wearing a white dress, and make sure not to crop out the bottom of the dress.
What is your experience with backlit portraits? Do you have tips for achieving similar photographs?