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.
Focusing your attention on the Bride & Groom all day, typically, is a mistake many photographers just starting out make at their first few weddings. Not only will the Bride & Groom be burnt out with posing within a few hours, they also won't appreciate that you forgot to capture the most important people closest to them. Bridesmaids are probably the second most important people after the newly weds, capturing some stunning portraits and group shots of the lovely bridesmaids gives you the opportunity to really impress your clients.
If the bridesmaids are lucky enough to have their own transport to the wedding, make sure it features in some of your shots. To capture the car in all its glory, position the bridesmaids at the front left or right wheel and ask them to face the direction of the wheel if it was facing outwards. Ask the bridesmaids on either end of the group to slightly turn in, and if there is a chief bridesmaid try and position her centrally. For this type of formal shot, ask your bridesmaids to hold their bouquets at the same level and pointing out slightly.
For any flower girls or younger bridesmaids, place them at the forefront of the group, ideally you still want the bridesmaid’s dresses in full view, so make sure the little ones don't block those gorgeous dresses.
Remember, Bridesmaids probably aren't expecting to be in any photographs without the Bride so they may feel a little nervous when you start putting them in front of the camera. Keep them confident by explaining what you're doing, offer posing advice and what you need from them.
For an alternative shot, ask the bridesmaids to stay in place but relax and have a chat. Allowing for casual conversation and naturally holding their bouquets loosely makes for a very natural shot, even when they notice you're still snapping, 9 times out of 10 they will begin laughing that you caught them off guard... just don't forget to capture their laughter!
Do you have any tips for posing Bridesmaids? Feel free to share your thoughts on how much time you dedicated to group shots.