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.
I'm starting the 'The Wedding Photographers Posing Guide' with one of my favourite poses I use at Weddings. Zoe & Billy's Farm Wedding in Spalding Moor, Yorkshire, is providing the vast green background. I absolutely adore this Photograph, Zoe & Billy perfected the atmosphere I was hoping for, I couldn't of asked for anything more in this Photograph!
If a Groom is slightly uncomfortable being photographed this pose places the emphasis on them as a couple. This pose is best for a Groom who is taller than his Bride, I wouldn't suggest this pose if your Bride & Groom are of a similar height.
For this romantic shot, I explained to Zoe where I would like her to place her head by putting my hand on Billy's chest. I build up my relationships with couples so they feel comfortable with me doing this but it may not always be appropriate. I then asked Billy to wrap his arm around Zoe and either close his eyes or look down towards the floor. I asked Zoe if she could look forward and I proceeded to move around them both to capture this scene from various positions, I also took the opportunity for a second shot by moving in closer for a very tight frame of their faces in the same pose.
Do you capture a similar pose? Which Lens is your favourite for this type of Photograph?