Wedding Photography Poses – Part Two

What you can’t get enough wedding posing ideas?

Another traditional yet cool shot is of the groom getting advice from Dad. This makes such a good shot that you might even consider staging it. It’s easy, the dad can straighten the grooms tie or point his finger at him while the groom crosses his arm and rolls his eyes as if not listening. There are so many fun and creative ways that you can compose those all-important before shots.

The father and groom together before the wedding are a wedding standard. And the groom and best man will probably be chatting alone off in a corner somewhere. This also makes a fantastic groomsman before shot.

If the bride and her party are getting ready at the site of the wedding, which is entirely common then the arrival shots of them in their street clothes bringing in their cloths and supplies is another great shot.

By all means capture the bride arriving to the wedding location and before she’s in the gown.

You can take exterior shots of the wedding location along with portraits of the inside of the church or hall. Is there a gorgeous portrait hanging in the entry way? Take the photo. Are the isles decorated with lovely floral arrangements, don’t forget to take those close-ups. Are the pews decorated? Take some unique photos of everything and anything. You can never go wrong with more photos vs. a few.

Group shots are another staple of wedding photography. The couple will want shots of the groom with the best man, with the best man and groomsmen with his parents, grand-parents, brothers and sisters and possibly with the bride’s family too.

Later, you’ll want pictures of the groom with the maid of honor and bridesmaids, but this will have to wait until they’re ready. You can throw in a few fun ones too. This is where you can let your (and the wedding party’s) imagination flow.

If you run out of ideas and feel inspired, why not ask the wedding party or families if they have any ideas for creative poses. You’ll make a lot of new friends this way and possibly other wedding photography referrals. When the group sees how hard you’ve worked to create the perfect pictures you’ll be the talk of the town.

There’s no shame in making sure the bride and groom get the best possible wedding portraits. So whatever it takes do it! Trust me, you’ll be appreciated for your efforts.

Simple Suggestions For Decorating Your Wedding Reception

The outdoor wedding poses special problems to couples and florists alike. The regular furnishings and objects that you usually have in the enclosed wedding hall and the church halls are not available if you hold an outdoor wedding event. This means you will have to be very creative with your décor and improvise. How far you can improvise will depend on the locality and the theme of the wedding. Given these limitations it has become necessarily for wedding planners to seek various ways of overcoming this shortcoming and then put up a décor that the guest will admire. We take a look at the challenges and various ways you can overcome them to get a super outdoor wedding décor.

Outdoor weddings are usually fun events. Use brightly colored floral to exude an atmosphere of cheerfulness. Since most are held in summer, you can use green red and purple floral. Try to avoid synthetic flowers as they do not go with the season and look too dull. Outdoor events can get windy so use strongly bundled flowers that will not wilt easily when exposed to the sun. Avoid reflective materials for your tables so that you reduce glittering for the guests. Candles and votives also work best for this occasion.

For safety reasons, you must ensure that the decorations you have at the outdoor wedding are robust and firm. Any loose object can cause injury in the event of storm or strong winds. Again, you must avoid glittering objects so that their refection in the sun does not interfere with vision. Too much white is also considered inimical to the décor efforts so you need to dampen the colors with dull colors. Again, you should ensure that the décor you put up does not interfere with the seating or walking of the guests. Since there are no walls, the guests can come in and leave the wedding venue by all sides so you should not place anything that impedes their access.

Photography Tips For Weddings – Ideas For Group Wedding Poses

Many clients come to me looking for Reportage style photography, and I advise the following. Obviously wedding and funerals are the only time that families really get together and it is important that the group shots are done as its a great record of family, and they all look their best!

I have met couples in the past who have said to me that they do not want any group shots but on the day, the story changes as Grandparents and parents and even the bride and groom decide that they would like the group shot, so its better to have an agreed understanding that at some point you will ‘do these shots’ and this helps plan the day as well.

Unfortunately though, unless handled well, they can also be the most stressful photographs of the day, not least to the bride and groom and the photographer!

Quite often the ‘guests and potential group you want to shoot are poised and ready waiting and wanting to do the confetti shot, its at this time you should take advantage that all the guests are in the same place at the same time and granddad is not propping up the bar!

So a good plan would be to simply announce your intentions to the guests, even state that this is the least favorite part for you guys as I know you want to get to the bar, watch them nod in agreement! and tell them that you appreciate them taking a short while to get these all important shots for the bride and groom, people are only to pleased to help.

A good tip is to create a walkway for the bride and groom to come down and get covered in confetti, as the bride and groom walk down, the space behind automatically closes!, and the bride and groom are there in front of the main group, before you know it hey presto, there is the group shot with the bride and groom central and they don’t even realise they have been organised.

After that you can ask the main family members and stag party and hen party to remain and everyone else can go to the bar! Many stay to get the shots you organise, don’t be annul about it, let them. It is good PR and you never know who may want to book you next! also you can get the natural shots of people looking at other people taking their photograph, these are very natural and happy shots.

One of the biggest bugbears couples have about wedding photography is having to wait around whilst the group shots are taken. Taking the big groups first and then making the groups smaller and smaller, until only the bride and groom are left, means that guests are not left waiting around – and at a wedding that will be appreciated by everybody!

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