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.
This week I'm sharing one of my most recent photographs, I captured this image late December 2015 during Emily & Adam's Pre Wedding shoot in Peterborough. I always try something new and take more risks on my pre wedding shoots, you have more time to work 1 on 1 with the couple during pre wedding shoots than you do during weddings. I very rarely shoot heavily vignetted images, usually my style is very bright and clean, but as it was a cold dark December day I thought I would try this approach, guess what, I am mega mega impressed with the result!
To make a shot that has natural vignetting which creates an intimate moment between the couple, position the couple in a doorway or entrance that has light pouring into the couple but no light from behind the subjects. Ask you couple to interact with each other and relax whilst you master your in camera settings. Ideally you want to be slightly under exposing a shot like this to ensure you keep those dark edges and don't loose the highlights on the subjects.
For pre wedding shots you ideally want to place the bride-to-be on the cameras right so that her engagement ring is on show. Once you have your setting perfected as your couple to kiss, you may need to capture this shot a few times to ensure you capture a relaxed and intimate kiss. Vignetting your subjects places all the focus onto them, especially their facial features so make sure you double check the kiss looks natural and the angle is flattering to the subjects. It may mean the couple need to stand there a little longer but it's better getting it correct in-camera than having to work on post production.