Having your photos taken on your wedding day, doesn't have to be stressful and make you feel uncomfortable! With a little practice it is possible to avoid those standard, awkward and sometimes, forced smile shots.
As your photographer, I understand that you may be camera shy and being in front of the camera is a pressure you just don't need on the day. It's my job to guide you and make suggestions that will help you to relax and get the very best out of your couple and group photos.
For the majority of the day, I tend to capture more candid shots, where you don't know you are being photographed and these always look great, but there are occasions where it's important to get couple and group shots for framing and use on social media profiles etc.
I've selected 6 of my favourite couple poses that demonstrate how much better your photos will look with my guidance. In these photos, there isn't any need to look directly at the camera and forced smiles are replaced by a more romantic look, where you are both comfortable doing what comes naturally.
Dance as though no one is watching: Although you will have lots of photos from your official first dance, it can get a little congested with guests also trying to get photos on their phones etc. I like to use this pose, because there is no pressure and it's just you together without having to look at the camera.
Simple blessing: Whilst it's always nice to pose snuggling or holding each other, it can be very powerful and romantic just to bestow a simple kiss on your partner's forehead or cheek.
A Penny for your thoughts: A nice way of capturing a wistful moment of bliss, where you are both deep in each others thoughts.
Spooning: This pose is possibly one of the most natural and comfortable and allows you to get much closer to each other.
The most important thing to remember when capturing your couple moments is that it's all about you. You don't need to look at the camera, just each other!
Your couple photos are a great opportunity to relax and catch your breath after the ceremony and catching up with all your guests etc.
I know you don't want to be away from your guests and all the celebrations for too long, so I normally allow for about 15 to 20 minutes just to get some great shots of your first time together as newlyweds.
In my next blog I'll look at some of the more whimsical, often hilarious, couple and group shots.