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.
Using a gritty and contrasting backdrop behind the Bride & Groom can certainly add more range to the final images you send your clients. You may have to go searching for it, but most wedding venues/close by locations will have different backdrops for you to work with; Think Brick Walls, Barn Doors, Broken Fences and Stone backdrops.
For this pose I asked Mike the groom to stand causally with one hand in his pocket whilst Jenny his beautiful wife stood slightly behind to his right with her hand on his right shoulder. Ask the bride to lift her bouquet slightly higher than usual and look towards her husband. Try asking them to share something funny, tell a joke or whisper a secret to capture genuine laughter.
It's important you keep giving constant direction and instructions until you know you have the shot you want.
Do you have experience shooting against contrasting backdrops? Do you like to break the traditions with wedding photography?