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.
Unless you work in Sydney or another guaranteed sun-filled destination, you're probably going to be capturing weddings in the UK. We all know the UK isn't exactly the most dry place, so there is a good chance you can expect rain even in the summer months. If rain does make an appearance during the time you have allocated to capture images of the bride and groom, try and use it to your advantage.
For this shot of the lovely Vicky & Michael, I asked them to stop for a quick kiss whilst I positioned myself in a vantage point to make the most of the background. Break the mould a little and ask the Bride to hold the umbrella, grooms generally feel more awkward in-front of the lens than Brides, so passing the umbrella to the Bride will draw some of that attention away from him.
Wet weather may restrict places you can go with the Bride & Groom, generally unless the bride's brought alternative footwear, grass is out of the question. Consider your composition and positioning, you may have to keep the couple on solid surfaces but you can still manipulate your crop to take advantage of the backdrop. I purposely shot this image against the fence, although this type of shot also looks awesome in doorways/archways, against a cool looking brick wall or anything that generally frames them.
As a photographer you're paid to document wedding days, so why hide the fact it rained? Use it to your advantage, think outside the box a little bit and pack plenty of umbrellas in the back of your car. Even if it doesn't rain, using umbrellas can come in useful, firstly they offer another variation to add to your shot list on the day and also can help shade the couple if you're battling harsh sunlight.
Finally, having a 'rain plan' in place will make you a whole lot more confident if you read the weather forecast the night before and it's forecast rain... if you don't have a plan, trust me you won't be able to sleep! Not only that, but people who book you are more than likely going to ask you what happens if it rains? By answering their questions before they've even asked them, helps them gain confidence in you.
I'd love to hear your experiences of shooting weddings in the rain? Do you have any awesome tips for wet weather scenarios?