This question comes up a lot. I understand that awkward feeling having the camera pointed at you, especially if it’s a one on one portrait.
Are you wondering what we as the photographers expect you to do in front of the camera if you choose to have us photograph your wedding day?
I decided to share a photograph from a recent wedding I shot, as it perfectly illustrates the approach I strongly believe in.
This is Viola and Carlos. They rented a room in their condo building, and once the wedding was done we walked around the premise and took some simple portraits. I loved shooting in the place where they reside together, because while it is simply just a condo building for the viewer, it is the bride and groom’s home.
Not much is needed for a pretty and meaningful picture.
No extravagant posing, no directing. For example, here I said... "I like this couch. Can you sit in the corner of it?" The rest was up to them. I didn’t tell her to place her arm behind him, I didn’t tell either of them to cross their legs. The comfortableness of their interaction would have been lost had I intervened.
I always go back to my roots, and the reason why photos became such an obsession for me.
My family photo albums.
I love those photographs so much. And you know what? No posing is happening in those photos. They have made for the most classic and beautiful photographs I have ever seen. They mean so much to me and my parents.
With that in the back of my mind, all I ever tell people is…