ESSEX WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER : MY TOP TIPS TO POSING.
Hi all and welcome to my latest blog!
Well today I am going to focus on something very specific……..Posing. Now before I go any further I have to say not one couple I have ever captured, whether it be an engagement shoot or a wedding likes to “pose” for their photos. I would say that at least 80% of all emails I receive from couples enquiring about Wedding photography say they hate having their photo taken.
So how do I go about dealing with this? Well to begin with I always re-assure couples that at least 90% of the photos from your wedding day are going to be naturally captured, with me standing back and letting moments occur in front of me. It’s the pesky 10% left over EVERYONE hates, including group shots.
So let’s start with the group shots. During my pre-meeting before the wedding days, I have had couples provide me lists of 30 group shots they want on their day. Now this may be a controversial thing to say but its generally unrealistic that I will be able to capture that many group shots in between the ceremony and the traditional wedding breakfast. I always hear horror stories of Wedding photographers spending 2 hours on the group shots and the couple’s photos never get captured! This should never happen! I always state that the maximum time I should be spending on the group shots is 45 minutes, and there shouldn’t really be any more than 15-20 group shots. Organising these particular shots can be rather difficult and have been likened to “herding cats”, so over the years I have gathered my little tricks of the trade to help me. The biggest asset I have at my disposal is ME! If anyone has worked with me before, you will know I am rather…………animated. I always strive to make the group shots as fun as possible, and I am always cracking “Dad Jokes” along the way. You will see that many of my group shots, including bridesmaids and groomsmen, they aren’t looking at me, but at one another. This is where I implement what I believe is the most important advice I give anyone to anyone………..This is not about me and the camera, it’s about you and your friendship/love for the individual who’s with you.
When it comes to the couples I always ask who the "comedian is" and get them to whisper in the other’s ears, or pull faces at one another. This is where the magic happens as when they laugh or smile (or both), I take the shot. A couples interaction with one another is the best way to capture natural shots. Who wants bland boring photos? NO ONE!
To refine this process I always ensure that couples hands and clothing (and the background) is looking good throughout. There is nothing worse than having a lovely photo and there is a lampost in the way. My main aim is to get the most natural shot, and normally one whereby there are smiles or laughter. So what’s my best advice to anyone having their photo taken on their wedding day? Be yourself……….The photographer is someone who should guide you through positioning etc, couples should just concentrate on being them, and enjoying it. Here are a few shots that are posed/staged using these techniques and tips. Enjoy.
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