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.
Living in the United Kingdom there is a good chance you may expect rain on a Wedding Day. I always discuss with the Bride & Groom potential weather scenarios a long time before the Wedding Day arrives. If it rains on a couple's big day, it is part of their story, I never try and hide the fact it rained but instead use it to my advantage. 99% of the Bride & Grooms I capture are totally fine with the possibility of it raining during their Wedding day because we have discussed the situation prior and after all the day will still be amazing regardless of the weather!
On this occasion Vicky & her Bridesmaids were more than happy to step outside for some group shots. When shooting a bride with her bridesmaids, ask the Bridesmaids to gather around the bride for a tight and fun shot. Vary the poses between them all and ask a few of them to turn for variation. Use open suggestions such as asking for their 'signature/ go to' pose. Bridesmaids are always more than happy to help create some awesome shots on the bride's wedding day, suggesting they do something different or humorous allows them all to show a little bit about their individual personality.
Make sure you give plenty of feedback and praise, consider saying something funny to capture some laughter. If the wedding party feel comfortable around you they will not only feel comfortable around you all day, but they're more likely to recommend you or even book you for their wedding in the future.
Have you had any experience of shooting weddings in the rain? Do you have any useful tips for posing group shots?