One of the biggest myths in wedding photography is that we’re all the same. There are many different types of wedding photography (candid, posed, photojournalistic), and just as many different editing styles once the photos are captured (light and airy, dark and moody, light and moody, saturated). Add to that the photographers preferred shots (some like playful, fun expressions, others like soulful, emotional expressions). Not to mention up close and personal shots, pulled back dramatic shots, and a smattering of detail shots. Mix and match all of these different options, and brides have quite a lot of choices when choosing photographers for their big day.
Personally, I favor a light and airy editing style, and I love posed photos that look candid – like you’re sneaking a peek into an intimate moment. My particular posing style is great for couples who feel uncomfortable being in front of the camera and being told to “just act natural.”
I don’t know about you, but as soon as I get in front of a camera, I feel so awkward and I have no idea what to do or how to move my body in any kind of a natural way, AND I DO THIS FOR A LIVING! The first time we ever hired a photographer to take photos of us, she didn’t coach us or pose us at all, and I remember sitting in the car on the way home telling Jeremy that I was really nervous about the photos, because we both felt so awkward the whole time!
(Do you remember in How I Met Your Mother where Marshall can’t figure out what to do with his hands? THAT’S ME!!)
I do this style of posing and photography because this is what I need when I’m being photographed, and I am willing to bet that you feel the same! (If you feel totally natural in front of the camera, I’m super jealous, and I definitely need tips!)
I want you to look at a photograph and remember the emotions of your big day, feel that welling up of all the love and happiness you felt. I want to make you forget how awkward you feel in front of the camera and just sink into the love, relish it, and remember it for years to come.