THE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS POSING GUIDE | SHOULDER REST #2

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 D750 | 50MM SIGMA 1.4 ART LENS | 1/1600 sec | ISO 400 | F 2.2

NIKON D750 | 50MM SIGMA 1.4 ART LENS | 1/1600 sec | ISO 400 | F 2.2

One of my favourites from Allanah & Duncan's gorgeous Yorkshire Wedding at Holdsworth House. 

Using the Bride as the main focal point of the image can lead to gorgeous photographs that certainly appear in the Parents of the Bride's Top 10. Ask the Groom to stand looking straight forward and ask the Bride to go to his right shoulder, at this point I find it much easier to do the pose myself with the groom, which always brings a laugh. Once positioned, ask the Bride & Groom to look at each other and move yourself to the Groom's right shoulder and focus on the Bride's Eyes. I like to use a shallow depth-of-field to put focus on the Bride's facial expressions. Make sure the Bride is positioned the opposite side to the Groom's Flower to add some details to the bottom right of the shot. 

You may need to prompt  them into a small conversation to get them interacting and smiling. From here you can ask them for a short kiss, grab a lovely shot of the Bride's Wedding Ring on his shoulder. Try moving to the other side to capture the Groom's facial expressions, be careful if your Groom is slightly uncomfortable in front of the camera as this will be fairly obvious when all the focus is on him. 


Are you a fan of Depth-of-Field in Wedding Portraiture? I would love to see similar poses with varied lenses!