Posing for Wedding Photography
Whoever said you have to pose for your wedding photography? Some couples like it, some don't. Some photographers like it, some don't.
I'm not a big fan and I probably land somewhere in-between posing and not posing.
This is your big day and it has to go the way you want it to. So if you don't like posing or you feel incredibly awkward in front of the camera, my advice is to be as natural as you can be. The more natural you are, the more beautiful your photos will be.
It's always a good idea to meet with your photographer before the wedding, perhaps have an engagement shoot, so that you can ensure you'll be comfortable on the big day.
I Don't Like Posing Couples
I love to let my wedding couples be by themselves and I encourage them to just have a chat between themselves while "I'm just testing light and stuff.....". They are so happy for their big day, they'll usually stand close to each other and may even steal a kiss.
Just Be Yourselves
So many times, I've heard photographers say "ok, act like you're in love", or "look at each other romantically". What on earth is that? When you've just gotten married, you definitely won't have to 'act' like anything, because it's all there. You're both so consumed by the love and beauty of your day, you won't be able to look like anything else.
I'll guide you where to stand, but it's important that you're left to be the couple that you are. No point in me telling you when to smile, or how to hold your loved one or how to look into each other's eyes, especially if it's not natural for you.
I generally tell couples to get close to each other, walk towards me or walk away from me; and I leave the rest up to them.
These are the most beautiful images in wedding photography, when couples are just allowed to be themselves.
I'll Get Groups Into Position
Naturally it's necessary to get groups together and manage how that happens, otherwise it can be a messy image.
After each wedding my couples say how comfortable they were made to feel. And before weddings, prospective couples tell me they like the natural look and feel of my photography - not too much posing.
What People Say...
"Neither of us enjoy having our photo taken, and Dee was great at directing the whole group and made us feel at ease. We'd definitely recommend Dee as a photographer!
Natalie (London Wedding)
"My partner and I, really struggle with photos and posing. Luckily, we didn't have to do any of it and whilst Dee was working in the background managed to capture all the emotions, laughs and even things we missed...
Sheza (Portugal Wedding)
"For a bride who doesn’t like her photograph taken she instantly put me at ease she was attentive, unobtrusive and casual in her approach and went the extra mile to make sure we were happy and relaxed and got everything we wanted from our day....
Samantha (Kent Wedding)
Being camera shy myself, I can totally relate to the awkwardness people feel on the receiving end of a camera lens, so it's definitely my job to make all my couples and clients feel as comfortable as possible.
Be in Touch
If you're a bride-to-be or groom-to-be getting married and you'd rather not spend your big day posing and saying 'cheese', be in touch with me, and let's see if we can get you booked.
Lots of love. Dee xx