Posed VS Documentary

I understand you have decided to get married and you are starting to look at all the different wedding photographers around but you don’t fancy posing all day long.  You want to get married and not to have a photoshoot all day.  In fact, one of the biggest things couples tell me when they meet me is they don’t like having their picture taken.  Still, your planning your wedding and choosing the correct photographer is very important.  You want all those authentic and candid moments to look back on but you really hate being in front of the camera.  Please don’t panic!  I completely understand! It’s normal in fact, most couples feel the same.  I’ll let you into a little secret I take pictures all the time but really don’t like when I am on the other side of the camera, I would 100% feel exactly the same.  This is one of the reasons it’s so important to pick your wedding photographer carefully, you not only need to love their work but it’s important that you get along with your photographer and you choose someone who can help put you at ease on your wedding day.

You really want stunning wedding day pictures but hate the thought posed photographs.

I really think “Posed” has become a bit of a dirty word in the world of wedding photography.  There is a lot of photographers out there, me included who use words like documentary and natural to describe their wedding photography.  (Me included.) It’s all true I really enjoy the candid side of wedding photography.  I get a little excited when I capture that special unplanned unscripted moment.  But!  I’ll be honest with you I also enjoy the more posed pictures.  Please hear me out its not that scary I promise.  The documentary side of things does make up most of my images on a wedding day, approximately 80%.  My documentary unobtrusive style is one of the big reason couples book me for their wedding day.  There is another side tho.  The more posed images.  It really is not something you need to be worried or scared of.  Posing is not cheesy it not making you look unnatural quite the opposite, good posing looks completely natural.  Posing for me is getting the most out of an image, making the image the best it can be for you.

bride at Hazlewood Castle on her wedding day
Natural, Unobtrusive, Documentary, Coverage.
Relaxed, Natural, Fun, Portraits.
Classic Group Shots

Good Posing Really Looks Completely Un-Posed

I understand this sounds completely cheesy but it really is true.  A photographer has a lot to thing about and good posing can be tricky but that’s one of the reasons I really enjoy 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.  

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Relaxed Wedding Photography

On your wedding day please don’t worry I wont be stealing you away for endless portraits.  I will try and have you back to the main wedding as quick as possible but also capturing some stunning portraits of you both.  All I normally ask for is about 20 minuets, this is normally done between the ceremony and the wedding breakfast.  This is flexible tho, for example if you are having a church wedding you might want some pictures of you both at the church and then later at the venue.  I might also steal you away a little later in the day if for example we get a stunning sun set.

Normally the couple shoot consists of a short walk around the venue before finding some nice spots for pictures of you both.  Please don’t panic ill keep it super chilled I wont be shouting orders at you, there will be some direction and help to get the most out of the picture.  I promise tho to keep it super chilled out my aim is the while your being posed it wont feel that way at all.

south Yorkshire wedding-photography | Leeds wedding photographer | Dave Waller Photography
south Yorkshire wedding-photography | Leeds wedding photographer | Dave Waller Photography
south Yorkshire wedding-photography | Leeds wedding photographer | Dave Waller Photography

Top tips for getting most out of your wedding day couple session.

– Firstly relax and don’t worry.  Don’t worry about how you look on the camera.  When you look back on your wedding pictures in years to come you will look back with joy and excitement reminiscing about your wedding day.  You won’t be looking back on that double chin or how your nose looked in the pictures.  Trust me on this one.

– Have a pre-wedding shoot.  This honestly is not a big sell, honestly, it’s not.  A couple  shoot can help you understand how I work and how I will work on your wedding day.  After the couple shoot, you will understand there really is nothing to worry about, you will also have some amazing pictures to look back on.  You can also use your couple shoot pictures for things like your save the dates, a signing board on your wedding day, or just a really nice Facebook profile pictures.

– Last top tip is to trust me.  The last thing I want to do is make you look bad.  literally, my job is to make you look good in stunning wedding pictures, so trust me to do this.  You can take a look over on my gallery to see some of my previous work.  Or take a look at my recent weddings page.

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