You are getting married and you’r looking at different wedding photographers out there, but you really don’t want any posing, you are not a supermodel after all. Shocker but most people don’t feel like super models in front of the camera. In fact one of the biggest things couples tell me when they meet me is they don’t like having their picture taken. Normally its said in hush tones, why would you be booking a wedding photographer if you don’t like having your picture taken? You are wedding planning a picking a good photographer to capture your wedding day is a big priority. You want all those authentic candid moments to look back on but you hate being in front of the camera. Don’t panic! I hear you! It’s completely normally to feel this way. In truth I take pictures all the time but when I am the other site of the camera I feel exactly the same. Picking your photographer carefully and these worries will fade away.
You really want stunning wedding day pictures but hate posed photographs.
I really think “Posed” has become a bit of a dirty word in the world of wedding photography. Every other wedding photographer (including me) talks about how they work in documentary natural and unobtrusive style. Words like natural and relaxed are thrown around (yes again, me also) in an attempt to ease the worries of couples landing on our websites. But it’s confession time, I do really enjoy posed photography. Please don’t leave yet I also live documentary photography, when I capture that perfect belly laugh, or a tear rolling down a guest cheek, I give myself a high five. I love it! Documentary makes up a large portion of the images I capture on a wedding day. If I was to put a number on it I would say about 80% of my wedding day images are Natural, Unobtrusive, Documentary, Coverage. I know this is one of the reason couples book me time and time again, through documentary photography I am able to tell the story of your day as it happens. All the details all the day documented as they happened.
But I also love to capture some stunning portraits, this does involve a little amount of posing. Posing is not something you need to be scared of. Posing is not being awkward, not being cheesy, not making you do something stupid or unnatural
Good posing looks completely un-posed…
It might sound a little cheesy but it is true. Good posing can be tricky as a photographer there is a lot to think about, the best location, making the couple relaxed, your camera setting, the lighting, but that’s why I love it. I do tend to position couples and then let them interact with each other, by doing this the couple relax and I am able to get the best of both. A well positioned image but then some natural interaction between the couple which shows their personality and who they are.
Totally relaxed photography…
On a wedding day I won’t be stealing the couple away for portraits for too long. I want to get you back to the party and your guests as quickly as I can but also get some stunning Portraits you can hang on your wall. I normally ask for about 20-30 minuets of your time this is normally done between the ceremony and the wedding breakfast. Most of my couples agree it really quite nice to take a moment away from the main wedding for a short time. Some times my posing might start with a short walk around the venue these can create some stunning portrait images. Before visiting some spots around the venue for some portraits. Don’t worry tho I won’t be barking orders at you but will give you some light directed about where to put your hands or where to look. I’ll be cracking a terrible joke or having a non serious quarrel with my second photographer whilst they take the piss out of me for lying on the floor. Basically, what I’m trying to get across is, that whilst you’re being posed, it hopefully wont feel that way at all!
How to get the most out of your wedding day portrait session.
1 – Stop giving a shit! It sounds harsh but its true. Please stop worrying about how you look on camera. When you look back at these images in your old age you’ll see laughter and happiness and true enjoyment. And youth. You wont care about that little double chin or that your arms weren’t as thin as you would have liked. You honestly won’t.
2 – Have a pre wedding shoot. This isn’t some kind of up-sell I promise. But they can be very beneficial to couples who are worried about their camera shyness potentially ruining their wedding portraits. Pre wedding shoots normally take around 1 hour – much longer than your portraits on your wedding day. They are a great way to have a little trial run, it’s an opportunity to see that’s it’s probably not as scary as you’re imagining. They also give you some stunning portraits to compliment your wedding day. Some couples choose to use them for their save the dates, or even a signing from on their wedding day. For more information on engagement shoots check out this blog all about them.
3 – Finally…..trust. Trust that your photographer (and hopefully that’s me) wants the best for you. I wants to make you look and feel you best. I wants to give you images that you’ll love and treasure for the rest of your life. If you want to discuss your wedding portraits or speak about an engagement shoot please feel free to get in touch