THE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS POSING GUIDE | THE SECOND SHOOTER #16

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. 

For an awesome moment of a lovely couple, in love and giggling, capture them from either side of the bride or groom. Generally this type of shot is captured by the second shooter/ assistant and I can guarantee it will be the couple's favourite. Not because the second shooter is a more gifted photographer, but because the shot looks natural and unposed. If you're not lucky enough to have an assistant, pose the couple as you require looking straight towards you and then ask them to keep looking forward. If there is a guest to hand ask them to snap a few photographs on their own camera or iPhone, that way the Bride & Groom will be engaged and you can start to postion your self to the side. Experiment with your Aperture, shooting slightly to the side gives you a great opportunity to single out either the Bride or Groom. 


Do you have an assistant who accompanies you during weddings? Do you have any tips for capturing 'natural' shots?