A Little Bit of Posing...
A little bit of posing goes a long way
You can't really shoot a traditional wedding without doing some posing or staging. The modern wedding requires a bit of "stand here" and "look this way" and "do this" from a photographer. I mention this because, often times, folks will ask me if I shoot "candids" - and express how much they like those kinds of shots. I love the candid shot and I get a lot of satisfaction out of finding that one shot that is unposed and shows so much.
I certainly didn't pose this shot of L and L (both clients - shot older sister's wedding first then younger), but it is one of those shots that tells a great story. L (the younger) loves to dance, and she was leading the charge at L's (the older) wedding at 10 mile station atop Breck. These are the kinds of images that people love - and there is something to be said for finding the right time to make a nice posed/semi posed shot as well.
The opening images of H was one of those "posed" images - taken before the ceremony at Hudson Gardens right after she'd finished her final preparations. It was a quick moment really, she stopped, I asked her to look this way (towards me) for a moment. I surveyed quickly, asked her to lift her chin a bit and shot the image above. Posing doesn't have to be a dirty word, and my approach to a posed image reflects my interpersonal style of shooting, it is a conversation between you, me and the camera. I will give you ideas to express as well as some direction on an action.
"Okay, stand right there, look this way - hey how are feeling? A little nervous?" - click With A, she nodded when I asked that question. "Perfectly okay to be nervous, why don't you take a breath yeah?" - she does, I pause a moment and click.
There is a lot going on, and it's important that your photographer be able to manage all the dynamics (including your feelings whatever they might be at the time) and get the images that show & tell your story. A little bit of posing is one tool I use to get that story.
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