THE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS POSING GUIDE | CLOSE ENCOUNTER #9

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. 

  NIKON D700 | 50MM SIGMA 1.4 ART LENS | 1/125 sec | ISO 500 | F 2.2

NIKON D700 | 50MM SIGMA 1.4 ART LENS | 1/125 sec | ISO 500 | F 2.2

Pre Wedding shoots are a fantastic way to experiment with your crops & framing, with the couple central to the frame and captured from below the subjects creates that feeling of intimacy. Always be on the look out for natural landmarks, creative backdrops and other elements that can easily be enhanced with creative in-camera cropping. 

For this shot I positioned Zoe and Billy and asked them to simply interact with each other rather than wait for me to compose the shot. The advantage of shooting upwards creates that intimate moment between the couple and always helps you to embrace the backdrop - it's always great if you have a skyline or cloud coverage you want to capture in the shot. 

Consider how much of the backdrop you want to be in focus. A small aperture of f/2.4 can create some interesting background shapes and outlines, alternatively f/8 will keep everything in focus. Don't be afraid to experiment when shooting pre wedding shoots, they can be a fantastic way to learn the ins and outs of your camera settings whilst building your couple’s confidence in front of the camera. 

For alternative shots keep the couple together and keep asking them to interact, these moments can lead to genuine laughter. 


Do you have any examples of shooting lower than the subjects? What is your experience with experimenting on pre wedding shoots?