Wedding Day Photography: 11 Tips For Capturing a Couple

Are you interested in wedding photography? Do you struggle with unique ways to photograph a couple on one of the happiest days of their lives? Here we have for you 11 simple tips for capturing a couple in love from 5 experienced wedding photographers from Clickin Moms.

1. Don't forget to start of with a traditional portrait of both the bride and groom smiling and looking at the camera. While it may not be the most creative pose, it is a big seller.

traditional bride and groom photo by Allison Zercher

*image by Allison Zercher of Snippets from Suburbia

2. You're photographing a couple who are madly in love, don't forget to draw out their sexy side. A little nuzzling and some strong light from off camera lighting or bright middle of the day sun can add just enough drama to an image without crossing a line.

 

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*image by April Nienhuis for Andrea Murphy

3. Close up portraits are classic and always beautiful, but for variety make sure to include some environmental portraits of the bride and groom with lots of negative space. This will help the couple remember the beauty of their venue and surroundings, as well as provide some options for great wall art.

 

include-the-environment-in-your-wedding-photos-by-Sarah-Vaughn

*image by Sarah Vaughn for Sunshine Lane Photography

4. Use unique architectural elements of the couple's venue to help frame the newlyweds at portrait time. Find some part(s) of their location that make it special, and include those spaces in your portaits. Oftentimes, the venue where the wedding is being held is a special place for the couple - make sure to capture the location as well as your bride and groom.

silhouette-wedding-portrait-with-American-flag-by-Allison-Zercher

*image by Allison Zercher of Snippets from Suburbia

5. Keep an eye out for reflections. Reflections can help you strengthen your composition and add interest to your portraits, detail shots, or documentary work. While water is an obvious place to find a reflection, look for glass, metal and other shiny surfaces to provide an interesting reflection as well.

 

reflections-in-wedding-portraits-by-Michelle-Turner

*image by Michelle Turner

6. After you have your couple look at the camera and smile for the perfect portrait, don't forget to have them turn and interact with each other. This allows you to get an entirely different image without changing the pose or your position and helps capture a more intimate moment.

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*image by April Nienhuis for Andrea Murphy

7. Look for different ways to compose the same shot. Sometimes your first composition won't be your favorite, so look for ways to photograph the same scene from a different vantage point. If you can't change locations, try shooting from the ground or elevating yourself to alter your perspective.

 

use-different-perspectives-for-your-wedding-portraits-by-Michelle-Turner

*image by Michelle Turner

8. In addition to your traditional wedding portraits, tailor your images to suit the personality of the couple. Are they quiet and romantic, a little bit quirky, or fun and spontaneous? By incorporating their personality into the posing and atmosphere of the portraits, you will add something that is more personal and uniquely them that they will treasure.

 

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*image by Sarah Vaughn for Sunshine Lane Photography

9. Include the bride and groom in some of the detail shots. Details can help tell the story of the day, but you can breathe new life into some of those images of shoes and flowers by including the bride and groom in some way.

 

photograph-wedding-details-while-incorporating-the-bride-and-groom-by-Michelle-Turner

*image by Michelle Turner

10. There are many times on a wedding day where you aren't in control, but need to make great images. Being constantly aware of a potentially great moment and photograph is really important. Sometimes those images are found in focusing on the smaller details, like how his hand rests on her back as they are walking together, or that look they share when no one is looking.

 

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*image by Jen Bebb for Bebb Studios

11. Not only capturing the special details of the couple but also consider the details of the day. When photographing a bride and groom try to include the special details of their wedding, whether it be the floral arrangements on the reception tables or their friends and family surrounding them with love.

 

include loved ones when photographing a bride and groom

*image by April Nienhuis for Andrea Murphy

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