Below are a few scenarios that look at the idea of natural photography and posed photography; of candid moments and posed, or staged moments. I’m totally flexible on my approach so you’ll never miss out on gorgeous portraits or feel uncomfortable with what I’m doing. I work everything out beforehand with my couples which means relaxed photography all day long.
We Would Like Natural Wedding Photography
The most common answer that I get from a couple when I ask what style of photography they’d like on their day, is that it should be natural. I love that. Spontaneous, unposed photos which capture the real emotion and story of the day. If there’s not a single ‘posed’ photo to be had then that works for me.
We Would Like Some Posed Photos
I Iove to create portraits that bring out the natural chemistry between a couple on their wedding day. Posed photos needn’t be awkward, cheesy or overly staged. Keeping it light and relaxed it can be as simple as going for a wander together and enjoying some space on their wedding day. Before they know it I’ve taken natural reactions to each other forgetting I was even there. Couples choose a special place to be on their day and simple wedding portraits with that special place as a backdrop can tell a beautiful story.
Half of the time on a wedding day the couple are completely unaware that I am there. I make sure that they are not the focus the whole time. I focus on the other guests, the elements the bride and groom cannot see and the detail. But every now and then I like to take a single portrait, just a very quick snap shot of the bride, or groom, on their own. Quick, simple and beautiful.
Creating Special Wedding Photographs
I also love creating photos with couples, too. In choosing a place for the big day, there is usually a reason why. It may be the wider context like The Lake District and the fells; it may be the stately home and it’s beautiful building; it may be tipis and the festival vibe – and whatever it is – I love to create photos that will embody that place and that feeling. We share ideas beforehand, I work it out on the day and it is done in a really relaxed and efficient way. This kind of photo can happen spontaneously and still feel completely natural whilst creating something special together.