Photography has become an indispensable part of a wedding nowadays, with photographers going to great lengths to capture the ‘perfect’ shot. There are engagement photo shoots where couples will come up with insane themes, and then there are pre-shoots for the wedding photographer to get to know the couple. Finally on the big day itself, the photographer will come into his/her own and either pose the couple in certain ways or get candid shots or both. Whichever way you lean, here are some ideas for the couple to talk it over with their photographer.
Fuel the Nostalgia
The wedding is both a beginning and an end and most photographers try to capture both sides of this tale. If your wedding clothes tend to be simple and not ‘glam,’ you can try posing with vintage bikes, an old fashioned lace umbrella, a hat, a cane, an old car etc. that will bring out the old world feeling in the picture. Try not to get electricity poles or telephone wires into the picture.
Another thing you should do is highlighting your personal interests. Are you and your new partner both dog lovers? Bring your dogs in for a picture. Is one or both of you professional bikers/racers? Pose against your beautiful cyclocross bikes for a hilariously paradoxical picture. Are you both avid readers? Incorporate books into as many pictures as you can find and play a game of ‘Find Wally’ afterwards. There are many things you can do to make both the pictures and the shoot interesting so don’t sell the experience short; put everything into making it enjoyable.
The Beauty of Nature
This is a fav with all photographers so you might not even have to tell them. Most photographers will try to capture you silhouetted against the sunset, standing in grass fields, crouching near flowers, framed against a waterfall in the background or with the soft morning sunlight lighting your hair on fire. There is something about Mother Nature that looks absolutely beautiful on camera and wedding couples look twice as beautiful when surrounded by it.
This has recently become quite the craze and you can even set it up so that the photographer doesn’t really have to do much. There are plenty of cameras that can be automated to go off when you use a clicker, so you can set up frames, props and a back drop and invite your guests to start taking pictures alongside you or even without you, for fun. Give them a fun hashtag to use so that they can upload pictures that you can later track.