9 Things The Wedding Photographer Will Do
Photography is one of the most important things to get right for a wedding.
Once the cake has been eaten, the wedding venue has been cleared and the dress dry-cleaned and hung up, they are the only ways you will have to remember your day.
Get it right, and you will adorn your walls with the pictures and cherish them forever. Get it wrong, and it will be one of your biggest regrets as you cannot replay the day at a later date.
Here’s 9 things a wedding photographer will (or should) do when it comes to shooting you as a couple on the Day.
1. Focus on Arm Placement
As I begin to pose a couple, I focus on their arm placement. By default, they will likely have their arms straight to their side. Since this causes the arms to look unnatural, the trick is to position them in a way which makes them look and feel comfortable in front of the camera. The couple will pose together, where the arms are interlocked or they hold hands.
2. Create Diagonal Lines
I also pay attention to the lines each body part creates. This is especially important for the arms, since those can be the hardest to pose. A couple’s first instinct might be to place their arms directly to their side, which may make them look uncomfortable. To add dimension and interest to the photo, I ask the bride to bend her arm and pick up her dress. This creates a diagonal line and also includes movement.
3. Encourage Natural Interaction
When a couple is first in front of the camera, they are usually a little timid. Because the photos from the wedding day should represent the love and connection they have, I find ways to make them comfortable. So I set poses where they hold hands and walk, sit close to one another and talk, or where the groom wraps his arms around the bride. The more at ease they are, the easier it will be to capture their genuine emotions.
4. Set the Correct Posture
Posture is an extremely important part of posing. If the couple slouches, the poses are not as effective. I’ll provide direction and let them know to breathe in right before I take the photo. This helps them straighten their posture, and will make a big difference in the image. I use this tool throughout the shoot, especially during the family formal. There are so many people involved, so if one person slouches, it can throw off the entire image.
5. Clear the Background
When I set poses to flatter the couple and contribute to the overall wedding story, I ensure to pay attention to the background. Even the best poses can suffer if the background is cluttered, or has conflicting light or colours. Before I take the shot, I look at the area where my couple is posed, and make sure it avoids any distractions which force the eye to focus on other elements in the scene.
6. Showcase Genuine Expressions
Keep an eye on their facial expressions. If I pose them together and create interaction, but their expressions are lacking, the photo I take may not be as strong. I continue to help the couple relax and enjoy the shoot, and have them share about the things they love about one another. When they start to share their stories, they will think less about the pose and you can capture their genuine expressions.
7. Change Shoulder Angles
One necessary part of posing my couple is to pay attention to the position the shoulders. Say I set my couple in a pose where they face one another and you shoot from the side. If the bride’s shoulder is too high, it can be distracting. To eliminate any distracting elements, I ask the bride to drop down her shoulder and turn her body clockwise. This helps give a little separation between the couple, as well.
8. Focus on Hands and Fingers
Once I set my couple in the perfect pose, I’ll pay attention to the placement of their hands and fingers. If the pose has the couple interlocked, I make sure their hands and fingers look natural. If I only see the groom’s fingers on the bride’s waist, it forces you to question where the fingers originated (and causes distractions in the image). To create a seamless pose, I’ll pay close attention to the direction and placement of hands and fingers.
9. Position the Legs
During the wedding day, my couples stands for long periods of time (the bride in heels!). This can cause them to feel uncomfortable, which will affect their genuine emotions. Adjust the position of their legs and have them switch which leg they place their weight. The adjustments allow the couple to feel relaxed and comfortable, and creates interest through the poses.