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.
Let's be honest, I'm in this wedding photography game to capture images of couples brimming with romance and love. This image taken from Sally & Christopher's Wedding certainly reflects that with their facial expressions and positioning. To achieve this pose, firstly ask your couple to cuddle into each other with their camera-facing shoulder directly inline with the camera. Once you have the couple positioned, ask the groom to place his left hand on the Bride's lower back and ask him to be ready to support her weight. Encourage the Bride to lean backwards into the grooms hand, this will feel slightly unusual for a couple so have your shutter finger ready to capture genuine laughter.
Once framed and positioned, you can try alterations with the positioning of the Bride's bouquet, experiment with her holding the bouquet with two hands and then with one hand holding the bouquet loosely by her side. If the Bride is wearing a long veil ensure you wrap it across her left shoulder (closest to the camera), if you're struggling to keep it in place ask the groom to hold it with his free hand and let go just before you take the shot.
Finally, this is a great pose to experiment with your crop, you can easily consider all crops with this pose. A full length crop including their feet will show the Bridal Dress to it's full potential, alternatively a close crop of just their faces will provide those intimate images all couples love!