To pose or not to pose?

My couples book me because they want a laid back and fun wedding photographer, who captures real moments and natural portraits on their wedding day. They nearly always describe themselves as either nervous or awkward in front of a camera and when it comes to portraits, they say ‘nothing posed pleased.’

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Well, I’m here to let you in on a little secret - the natural, relaxed portraits you see on my gallery? They’re kinda posed! Let me explain…

The word ‘posed’ can conjure up images of mega-cringe and awkward looking photos that look like something the couple would never normally do. ‘Posed’ is nearly always seen as a negative thing and I know photographers avoid using the word like the plague.

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But picture this, it’s your wedding day (yay!), you’ve stepped away from your guests and you have 15 minutes to get some portraits. Your photographer says ‘act natural’…what do you? If you’re like most people, you probably freeze up. You’ve never been more aware that you have fingers and hands and suddenly have no idea what to do with them, and that person you’ve just married? You now feel totally weird stood next to and don’t know how to interact with them!

This is where a good photographer would step in and give you some direction to help you get the best portraits.

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When it comes to directing my couples, I keep it very simple, getting you to interact so you’re more comfortable and look natural and relaxed. I tend to start by asking you to go for a little walk together, or to sit down and cosy up close - I even have a couple of silly games to play to help take your mind off the picture-taking part.

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The portraits you see on my website have all had this level of direction (posing) because it’s my job to help you get the best possible portraits, that really reflect you and look natural and relaxed. This is the part of the day I get to be most creative and I’m looking for the best possible light all whilst capturing you both looking happy, natural and like yourselves.

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What can you do to help?

Go with it and have fun. Be willing to participate - it’s okay to feel nervous, okay to feel a bit awkward - I can work with both those things. But if someone is unwilling to participate and just doesn’t want to get involved, then I can only do so much. Remind yourself of why you’re doing this - to capture some wonderful memories with the person you love, on one of the best days of your life. Relish the opportunity to spend some time just the two of you and cuddle up, have a snog, hold hands, practise your first dance - whatever feels natural to you. Enjoy it!

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If you’re looking for a Manchester wedding photographer specialising in natural, laid back portraits, get in touch!