There are so many different elements that need to come together to make a stunning wedding photograph. It is paramount to get the posing right when the bride and/or groom is involved in the creation of the photograph. I have come up with some ideas and tips for your consideration.
Working with your photographer, discover what works and what doesn’t.
I do understand posing for photographs is a scary prospect for lots of people. Many of the brides and grooms I work with feel this way. Therefore, I always have a pre-wedding photography session 1 month before the wedding. This gives me the opportunity to teach my soon to wed couple how to pose, and it’s also a great way to have them get used to me photographing them. Most people infrequently or never have professional photographs which can make it feel like an uneasy experience.
Having a pre-wedding photo session with your photographer is also a chance for the photographer to see what you are capable of. In my experience, I often find I can bring out the best of my subject just by getting to know them better.
Working with your photographer to get the best result.
“Use the limbs to create shapes then add curves by relaxing the torso.”
Curve and twist
The human body is naturally curved and round, it’s also most relaxed when it is not rigid. The rule of good posing is to use the limbs to create shapes then add curves by relaxing the torso. It’s an elegant look that suits most brides.
Get comfortable and lost in the moment
Getting yourselves comfortable is the easiest way to achieve a stunning pose for most couples. Nothing too complicated, just relax and enjoy the moment. Although this is sometimes easier said than done. Wedding couples are the centre of attention and it’s normal to feel nervous as all the spot lights are on you. My suggestion to the bride and groom is to immerse themselves in their own world. Just enjoy each other’s company and do what feels natural. You’ll be surprised what you can produce when you are relaxed.
There are lots of emotion on the wedding day, use that emotion and create something special.
“Relax and enjoy the moment.”
Incorporate the location and use what’s around you.
The venue is a big part of your wedding. It could be a registry office, a mansion house, an old church, or a stunning castle. The idea is to use your surroundings to create poses that correspond with the architecture. For example, you could lean on a beautiful arch door or a decorative porch. A good photographer would know how to enhance your wedding photography by utilising the features of the location.
Wedding venue often stunning. Therefore, use it.
“I believe wedding photography should be an experience rather than just me turning up on the day and snapping away.”
Make it really special, use props and interesting set ups.
I am always very keen to do something special for the wedding couple. I believe wedding photography should be an experience rather than just me turning up on the day and snapping away. A talented wedding photographer will use what’s on hand to make it part of the photography, such as a bouquet or vail, and for grooms it may be a hat or other accessories. I often bring different props with me to enhance the wedding photography experience. It could be sunglasses, a vintage camera, a decorative umbrella, or even apple crates. All these ideas and extra effort I put in will add that extra dimension to your wedding photography.
I believe wedding photography should be an experience not just taking photos
Your wedding is one of the most important occasions in your life. The planning of your wedding could take months, if not years. As a wedding photographer, it comes down to me to create wedding photography that not only documents your special day, but elevates it into memories that will last for a life time.
Consider this; there is no way to re-do your wedding day and there are succession of tasks to go through on the day that need to fit together like a perfectly cut jigsaw.
The following words are some helpful pointers on how best to plan the timeline on your wedding day. They are recommendations I give to couples on how to run the day and how to get the best out of your wedding photography in the planning stage.
Morning preparation stage is an important part of your wedding day, arrange enough time both bride and groom to be photographed
Tight but loose at the same time
Paradoxical! I know. It’s about organising your day properly. Having enough gaps in between each activity and working out the time needed for them in order to keep the day flowing. For example, you might have a very busy schedule before the ceremony but have a long wait between the ceremony and the start of the wedding breakfast. I would suggest pushing the ceremony later in the day so the day is spread out better.
Location, Location, Location
Most weddings taking place at multiple locations. It could be 3 to 4 different locations. From preparation in the morning, the groom/grooms men getting ready, the church and the venue(s). For me, a fair amount of time will be dedicated to traveling between them and I always recommend having the locations as close to each other as possible. This will give me more time to photograph every stage of the preparation and keep the day flowing as planned. It is important to factor in the photographer’s travel time when planning.
Its goes without saying that the groom plays a massive part of your wedding, As the grooms usually getting ready in different location, it would be ideal to factor in the traveling time for the photographer.
Start at the end and work backwards
Yet another paradoxical concept but let me explain. You should always plan every stage of the wedding from the end of your last activity. For example, your ceremony starts at 2pm and your wedding breakfast starts at 4pm. On paper, 2 hours is sufficient time. In practice, this might not be enough for your photography. The ceremony will take around 30 to 40 minutes, then the reception with your guests. This will most likely leave only 1 hour for your wedding photography. Which isn’t ideal. I usually suggest to my clients to push the wedding breakfast back for 30 minutes or so, which gives us more time. The last thing I want to do is rush your wedding photographs.
Think of your wedding guests
Goes without saying! The wedding guests are your beloved family and friends. They are a massive part of your day. There will be times they have to wait and are not doing much. Therefore, keeping them entertained and fed is always a good idea, especially if you have lots of children at your wedding.
Arrange plenty of activities for your guests.
Chat with your supplier
Your supplier is a great asset for your wedding. They have much more experience in organising a wedding than you do. Considering most people only get married once, this isn’t surprising. Their input could be a real help.
Stick to your timeline.
In my experience, it is hard to see how the day will pan out regardless of how much planning you have done before hand. However, as a photographer, my job is to produce beautiful wedding photographs on your big day, and to do that I rely on a plan that works. It is highly recommended that we stick to the same timeline so your wedding day is photographed to the best of my ability.
A well planned wedding is like a fantastic wedding party group portrait, all the elements need to be at the right place and at the same time.
Cellnovo is an international company with staff and management team from different parts of the world. To photograph them would be a challenge considering the time constrain and location. Especially when there is a call for a group photograph.
I was given a short period of time to photograph the individual board members and a group photograph of all 9 board members. I decided to use high key backdrop to keep its uniformity. First I photograph for the individual portraits then another for the group. where I can put them together in post production.
The result speak for themselves. You can also see how is the company utilise the images on there website by click on the images.
Use high key background to photography individuals then put them together in post production
Its the third time Liga come to the studio for the PR images, this time, we are going for something a bit out there. The theme is neon and my thought is to keep the portrait low key but making sure the nails will glow. Almost like glowing stick in the night club. Definitely a departure from the family portraits I usually do in my studio. I think the result speak for itself. You can’t help to notice the nail is the star of the show.
Using blue lighting as a theme for the shoot, the idea is to make the nails look like glow sticks in the dark.
Using the low key lighting and produced a mono tone look apart from the nails.
Using neon lighting tubes and blue lights to create glowing effect
Have the privilege of 3 beautiful French Bulldogs in my studio just a week ago, the result speaks for itself. The dogs belongs to Lyndsey who is a pet breeder. You can find out more about her at Lynseys LittleRascals
It was a great shoot thou very hard work to control 3 very excited dogs. Lynsey did a great job in the studio and we are very happy with the shoot.
Black dog on black background is one of my speciality when I am doing portraits. This is is the best so far
The 3 girls together with different facial expression. Whats really make this photograph is one of the Bulldog’s paw is rest on another’s.
This is one of my favourite pose for the dogs, she managed to stay on the back of the little bench for me to capture this fantastic shot.
Apart from the different expression of the dogs, the colour of their fur is actually different, one is black and another one is dark brown. Can you tell the difference?
For business or organisations with a number of employees, it would not be feasible to come to the studio for their portraits. I can however provide a location studio solution in your premises. This allows me to provide studio quality images without the need for your staff to leave their work place and thereby minimising disruption to their working day. I was on the second day of the shoot in a company in Fleet which I shot this time-lapse video. Its a really quick demonstration to let people know how this will work.
Jayne is the owner of A Type Of Design where she customised items of clothing, mugs or just framed pictures, specifically words/names on the popular “Not on the high street”. She’s impressed with my lifestyle portraits with families and came to me for images of new line of clothing for baby and toddlers.
There was 4 models in my studio age from 1 year old to 5 years old, one boy and 3 girls. Lots of outfit changes and different props. the shoot was a lot of fun. Really happy with the result, especially with the different props and the use of bench, big box and the swings.
Took Louisa and Sy out to the local woods for some photography fun. Our mock “SuperDry” catalogue fashion shoot. 3 images with 3 different effects. We brought the decorative frame with me in the woods and secure it on the branches to make it look like its floating in the mid-air. Thou, some of the images comes out look like its just been super imposed in. Lesson learnt!
Louisa took some photos on her phone too. I try to get the flashgun working.