Posing for wedding photographs.
I have to admit that personally the words ‘posing for photos’ fills me with dread.I prefer to stay behind the camera so I totally understand the fear of posing for photographs.
It brings back the trauma of the annual school photos, forced smiles and awkward poses and the mortification of having them hung on the walls.
For most bride and grooms The dreaded school photograph may be the last time most of them had a ‘professional’ photo done and the idea of wedding photos may equally cause a feeling of nausea.
Here are a few of my own personal tips for brides and grooms to help make the most of your wedding photographs
Sounds silly but it makes a big difference. When you are tense you tend you breathe unnaturally but if you relax your body and slow your breathe you will form a more natural pose.
There is nothing worse than posing in an unnatural pose that you wouldn’t do in real life. You will look so much better if you take your natural pose and then I can direct you on any small changes that might make you look even better.
For most of your wedding day you will be captured simply doing your thing. However there are a few occasions when you will need to pose. I love to capture a special portrait of the bride just as her make up is finished and she has just put her dress on. I think this is a very special personal moment for the woman before she goes to meet her groom.
Not the cheesy one that makes your mouth hurt. From experience i know that there is an uncontrollable happiness that leaves the bride and groom smiling all day. I have never had to ask anyone to smile on a wedding day, it’s a day naturally filled with joy so embrace it and let me capture that joy. There is nothing more beautiful than a natural smile.
4. Remember the importance of these photos.
It may not be until long after your wedding day that you realise how precious these photographs are. They are photographs that you will look back on fondly in many years to come, and that will become part of your family heirloom. You only get one chance to get these photos done so please make the most of having a professional photographer to get keepsakes of the special people in your life.
My favourite wedding photographs are the moments when the couple are caught mid laughter with real expressions. Your wedding album doesn’t have to be a collection of serious photographs. Tell me things that you like and all the personal details for your celebration and let’s make your wedding photographs really good craic!
I usually like to take the bridal party for at least around an hour to somewhere special to do the main wedding photographs. From experience this is a great time for the couple to have a private moment away from their guests in the middle of their busy day.
Use Pinterest as a great tool to show me any ideas that you really like that we could recreate. Follow my blog and also my Facebook to look at my style and tell me what you like. Be adventurous on your wedding day, make sure you end up with images that are totally different that anybody else’s.
7.Trust me, I’m a photographer!
When you have employed me as your photographer, let me take the stress of the day of you. Your day will go so quick (it really does) so I don’t want you to worry about anything. I will meet with you before your wedding to get all the details, big and small. I will get to know your locations and how I can make the most of them. I will also make a plan for family photos so that they will run smoothly.
The best advice I would give a bride and groom is to simply relax and enjoy your special day, don’t let nerves take over-this is YOUR day, that you have been looking forward to and planning for so long- embrace it!xx