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 shots of the Bride in her wedding dress before anyone else sees her can sometimes be a challenging aspect of a wedding photographer's day. You're tasked with capturing a gorgeous flattering image of the bride usually within a very short amount of time. One useful posing tip I can offer is to find a wall, door or backdrop that adds some colour or contrast to the image, it works especially well if the bride is wearing a white wedding dress. Natural light is key for these types of shots to work, so make sure there is plenty of light flooding in from a window, and that plenty of the light is reaching your subject. Be mindful of harsh shadows when using window light, you can combat this by ensuring the bride faces directly into the light source or alternatively you can use diffusers (think outside the box by using white sheets or thin curtains).
For the composition ensure you capture both a full length image, ensuring the dress is within the frame, and a close up which places more emphasis on the bride's facial features and of course her bouquet. Once you have the backdrop/location use it to your advantage, consider a sequence of poses from the bride, some where she is looking at the camera, others where she is looking down at her bouquet.