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.
Pre Wedding shoots are an awesome way for couples to feel more comfortable in front of the camera, and in the same respect, allows the photographer to feel more comfortable with his/her clients. If you're wanting to know more about pre wedding shoots give Wedding Day Tips: Making the Most of Engagement Shoots a read. I personally love pre wedding shoots and I see them as much more than just allowing the couple to iron out any camera shyness, I use pre wedding sessions to capture awesome portraits that I may not be able to capture on the couple's big day. Use the time to try out new things, you can literally try everything from double exposures, silhouettes, have the couple jumping around, new lenses or equipment..basically anything that may be a slight risk or challenge to shoot on a wedding day, give it a go during a pre wedding shoot.
Finally, allow time for the couple to show some of their personality in the shots, the more rapport you build will make the shots on their wedding day not only more comfortable but the couple are more likely to express themselves a little more on their big day. I had to use this shot from last weeks pre wedding shoot with Verity & Gareth, this is what I mean when you can take awesome portraits that you may not capture when they're suited and booted in their wedding attire.
So even though we're talking 'posing tips' sometimes it's just as good to position the couple in a beautiful surrounding and let them do their thing!