When you are photographing a wedding there is a lot of pressure to get it just right. The bride and groom want to remember their special day and look back fondly on the photographs for the rest of their lives.
There are lots of different elements to wedding photography – group shots, candid shots, venue shots etc. One of the most important parts of wedding photography is the bride and groom photoshoot.
If you want to make sure that you get some perfect shots of the bride and groom together, you need to plan ahead. This guide includes some important tips for you to remember as well as the best ideas for poses to try with the bride and groom.
Moments You Should Photograph
There are certain moments between the bride and groom at any wedding that you need to try and capture on camera. These are the pinnacle moments that the bride and groom will want to remember for years to come.
Make sure you receive a schedule of the wedding ahead of time so you can plan where you need to be to capture these shots.
The first look photograph captures the moment that the groom first sees the bride on the day of their wedding.
This can be done just before the ceremony begins. Try to get a shot of the bride approaching her husband before he sees her, capturing both of their anticipation.
Timing is everything – you need to capture the groom’s immediate reaction to make these photographs special.
Some couples prefer to save the reveal for the wedding ceremony.
This means that you will need to keep your camera on the groom when the bride first enters the room, take a few shots, then quickly turn your attention back to the bride to capture her walking down the aisle.
There is a middle ground which involves photographing the bride and groom together but their eyes closed, or with a screen or a door between them.
This can build excitement and anticipation and is a lovely moment for the bride and groom to look back on when they receive their wedding photographs.
When the couple read out their wedding vows it was a very emotional moment. The promises they make to each other have a deep and significant meaning, and hearing your partner say these words to you is a special moment.
Make sure you take plenty of photos, adjusting your angle to capture the facial expressions of both the bride and the groom.
If the vows are handwritten, try and get a close up shot of the bride or groom holding the vows in their hand. This is a lovely detail that the couple will really appreciate when they look back at their special day.
The exchanging of the rings is a very important part of the wedding ceremony and makes for some wonderful photographs.
Try some close up shots of the bride and groom’s hands as well as some full length photographs that capture their facial expressions and wedding outfits to give the photograph some more context.
This is also a great moment to get some candid shots of the couple, as this part of the ceremony tends to involve a lot of eye contact and nervous laughter between the bride and groom.
Depending on the type of wedding ceremony being held, the bride and groom may need to sign a wedding register. This is an important moment to capture on camera as this is when the marriage becomes legally binding.
You can also set up some posed shots with the marriage register once the document has been officially signed.
As the couple leaves the wedding ceremony, this is a time for great celebration. The guests gather to wave them out and confetti is thrown.
This is the perfect chance to get some fun, dynamic shots of the bride and groom with a sense of movement and excitement. Make sure you leave the ceremony before the bride and groom so that you can capture their exit on camera.
It is a good idea to give the guests some advice on how to throw confetti properly – it needs to be thrown high in the air in small amounts rather than large clumps thrown directly at the couple. This way it will look much better in photographs.
Speak to the bride and groom beforehand about what type of photographs they want as they leave the ceremony. They might want candid walking shots, they might want to pose under the confetti or have a romantic kiss.