THE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS POSING GUIDE | IN HIS ARMS #22

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. 

Sometimes the weather and nightfall stops you from creating those amazing images outside, don’t be afraid if you’re forced to stay indoors with the couple, there’s always plenty to work with. To create awesome portraits of the happy couple indoors, try thinking outside the box a little and use the architecture of the building, interior design or seasonal decorations to your advantage. For this lovely shot of Elise & Gareth I positioned them in front of a Christmas tree on display for their winter themed wedding. Asking the groom to lift his bride into his arms isn’t for everybody, so make sure your couple will feel comfortable before you attempt a shot like this. It’s certainly more adventurous than most poses for a wedding and the last thing you would want is a bride ripping her wedding dress or ending up in a heap on the floor. If the couple are happy to go ahead, firstly position them in the setting and make sure you’re taking advantage of the location. Once you’re happy with the positioning ask the groom to sweep his bride into his arms, consider asking a groomsman to be on guard incase it doesn't all go to plan. Make sure their faces look genuine and relaxed, if you’re quick with the shutter you should be able to capture some genuine laughter as the groom picks up the bride.