Long gone are the days of over posed W-day photography and stuffy “group” line-ups. Any photographer worth their salt knows it’s all about capturing the most important moments in all of their natural and effortless glory, the joy, the laughter the love….*sigh*
But there’s one little niggling doubt in the back of my Blog Queen brain that I need to um…address with you all.
And that’s your portrait shots, i.e. just you, your boy, some time out from the day’s fun-filled delights and the opportunity for your photographer to produce something really “Wow”.
You see, last year I received some feedback that brides and grooms are making the decision to not have any portraits done of them specifically together at all….and this makes me sad.
Now then, we are the last people to tell you what you should or shouldn’t do and I know that there are folks out there who shudder at the thought of having their pictures taken at all, let alone purposefully pouting at a camera lens. But here’s the thing, you don’t have to pout at all, you can just take five to have a chat, meander around your venue, kiss under a tree or sit down and have a rest for five minutes before the evening’s frivolities ensue. Just as long as you are both together in a situation where your photographer can focus purely on YOU…..I promise there will be a gorgeous image (or 15) that you will want to treasure forever.
If you have never liked a picture of yourself in your life or there is a particular angle/side/type of pose that you feel prettiest then I’d recommend a pre-shoot or an “engagement” shoot as they are so often called, offered by most wedding photographers and more often than not as part of your overall package.
That way you literally get to practise – and your chosen professional super snapper will give you plenty of their expert advice on what works/make you feel at ease in front of the lens in preparation for the REAL DEAL.
And if the only way you ever feel confident in front of the camera is when you are genuinely having a laugh then why not do exactly that? introduce some props, sexy glasses, silly signs, a selection of giant balloons – whatever you think will take the emphasis of the fact you are the centre of attention.
The portrait session at my own wedding was one of the most memorable (and my favourite) part of the day. And I promise I’m not getting all liar-liar-panties-on-fire to try and reiterate this post – it was genuinely brilliant.
Mr O’Shea and I got some time to wander around sipping champagne and enjoying each others company whilst our photographer took the opportunity to capture us right in that moment and some time later our guests gradually um…followed us around – pulling faces, shouting direction…..making us kill ourselves laughing.
Those are some of my most favourite images of all.
Of course you may be extremely lucky and just happen to be stood in the right place at the right time without anything in the way and your photographer can get the “money” shot (yes I know – I sound like ruddy Simon Cowell) but…..then you really would be leaving it to chance.
So please please lovelies, even if it’s just for ten minutes, take some time out – and make sure the professional with the camera is there with you.
Big Portrait Love
P.S The pretty bride in the images (Cecile)’s blog is With A Love Like That