Our responsibility as wedding photographers is to produce fabulous wedding photos, if you find yourself just attending a wedding and running through the same shots you always take, the safe shots then you seriously need to look at a different profession, yes you need to ensure you get the safe shots in the bag firstly but then, move, change your angle, look at the light, the shadows, produce those images that make all who view them smile.
There are many small details that we need to see when photographing a wedding or portrait photo shoot; keeping up with my last blogs with regards to posing your subjects at weddings; one area I notice time and time again at weddings is how the groom quite often forget’s to put his arm around his new Bride, the arm hanging down when it could be wrapped around the bride’s waist, the subject sitting down and their corset/waistcoat pushing their chest up, the bride standing straight on to you, instead of at an angle with her weight on the furthest leg away from you (always try to have the hips going away from the light source to aid thinning) having arms and legs not bent (if it bends then bend it) having a bride lie down and look back at you causing her to have wrinkles in her forehead, having the bride lean against or onto something so her elbow is inverted, hands fully in pockets (never ask the men to have their hands full in their trouser pockets, Instead ask them to place them only slightly in so that the tip of the thumb is on the outside of the pocket) having heads straight, it is always worth having the head tipped slightly to one side, the wrong expression for the pose, it is important that the expression matches the pose, the wrong pose for the body type or personality.
There is little to be gained from trying to do a high fashion pose from a low angle with a larger person as it simply looks silly. The pose should be suited to the individual.
Tilted images. In my opinion tilted images show a lack of compositional skill and imagination. When included in an album they confuse the viewer’s eye due to horizon lines at various angles.
There are times to tilt though, such as when a subject is in motion or you are cropped-in tightly and there are no horizontal or vertical lines. Otherwise please avoid.
Spot colour. This has got to be the most awful edit of an image; we should never use spot colour it is old fashioned, dates easily and is visually horrific. I fully realize that this will offend a number of people but please move on from it.
It does not matter that your clients love it, as your clients should be choosing you for your artistic ability and vision.
Our aim is to create poses that flatter our subjects. Remember to ensure that arms are away from bodies to aid slimming and also ask your subjects to lean forward slightly and raise their heads to avoid double chins.
If you are having trouble getting someone to smile naturally, ask them to sing the letter E happily. Try this yourself—it makes the mouth naturally adopt the smiling position.
Done in unison it may well inspire the bride and groom to laugh naturally together, resulting in beautiful posed but natural shots.