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Try These Wedding Photography Ideas And Poses Which Are Traditional, Creative And Unique

Wedding photography ideas and poses are normally associated with a traditional style of wedding photography. They are usually concentrated on the Bride, Groom and wedding party and each pose is formally planned and staged giving you time to get your camera settings, composition and exposure correctly set.

Not all wedding poses have to be taken in this style though and most photographers will mix and match between the traditional and journalistic style.

A Bride Holding Her Wedding Bouquet With The Groom Out Of Focus In The Background
When you're engaging in the journalistic style you are wearing many hats and you need to be on the move quite a bit.

It may even by necessary to involve the help of a partner so as not to miss any of the action.

You could be taking candids of people laughing or crying, capturing objects associated with the ceremony or shooting the wedding party as they mingle before and after the ceremony.

If you're a bride-to-be it can be hard finding wedding photography ideas and poses that will give you inspiration for your big day. It can be hard sometimes to find the right style for the type of photos you want at your ceremony. You don't want your album to have the same basic poses as your friends or other family members.

If you're like me, you'll want your friends and family to go 'Wow' when they look at your wedding photo album. You want to hear them say things like, "I've never seen that before" or "That's a really nice shot."

Do you trust your photographer to deliver the Wow-factor in your album. If you've seen some of his or her work before and they have a reputation for delivering unique and creative wedding shots, then lucky you – job done! Let him loose to do his work.

On the other hand, most photographers are great at their jobs and will deliver the goods, but with a little input and direction from you they can produce a superb photo album that you'll just love to show off to your friends.

So How Do You Make Your Pictures Unique?

Well, you can change your photos from color to black and white to add some emotion to the shot. You can have your pictures taken from different angles or have them taken with the camera angled at 45 degrees. Let me show you a few of my favorite wedding photography ideas and poses that I think are unique, unusual and have the Wow factor.

Bride And Groom Kissing With The Bouquet On A Table

A Bouquet Of Wedding Flowers Is In The Foreground While The Bride And Groom Are Kissing In The Background

The first photo I'd like to share with you is quite traditional and posed. You can see the bride and groom sitting down in the background kissing and the bride's bouquet is layed out on a table in the foreground.

This shot is quite easy to setup, but appears quite creative. The photographer positions the couple about 4 feet behind the table with the bouquet on it and uses a wide aperture on their camera of around f/4 to create the blurred background effect. A simple but effective wedding photography idea and a great album pose.

Beautiful Portrait Shot Of The Bride's Face

Close Up Portrait Photo Of The Bride In Her Wedding Dress

The next shot is known as an extreme close-up and really shows off the Bride's beautiful face. The key to this portrait style shot is focusing on the eyes and getting the right lighting. You will also notice that the photographer has placed the bride off center to include her veil which is held up by an assistant.

They have also cropped the top of her head in order to get in close to really accentuate the beautiful skin tones of her face and shoulders. This was probably taken with a focal length of 85mm and an aperture of f/4. You could also try the same technique with the Groom.

The Happy Couple Kissing On A Balcony

Picture Of The Groom Kissing His Beautiful Wife On A Balcony

Look at how well this picture is composed. Another possible wedding photography idea for you to try. The newly-wed couple are standing on a balcony with the photographer shooting up towards them from below.

The Bride and Groom both have one hand on the railing while the Groom has his other arm around his Bride and she is holding the bouquet. I think she adds emotion to the overall shot by looking away smiling while her husband kisses her on the cheek.

Beautifully Composed Picture Of A Bride Sitting On Steps

A Well Composed Photo Of A Newly-wed Sitting On Some Steps Posing With An Umbrella

This is another well posed shot with great composition. Look at how the lines on the Bride's body from her head to her toes match the railing in the background. She also mimics the shape of the steps with her posture within the dress.

One of the main things to look out for when taking photos of wedding dresses is the exposure. It is always beter to just underexpose slightly rather than overexpose the dress. If you overexpose you loose the detail in the dress whereas if you underexpose you can always rectify the exposure later using a good digital photography software editing program.

Newly Married Couple Kissing Behind The Veil

A Newly Married Couple Kissing Under The Bride's Veil With The Focus On Her Wedding Ring

I really love the creativity of this wedding photography pose. It's one of my favorite compositions because of the thought and imagination that has went into it. The Bride and Groom are kissing under the veil while the Bride's hand is in the foreground holding the veil over their faces.

The photographer has really done a great job here by focusing on her wedding ring making it the main area of the picture where the eye is drawn to. With a wide aperture of around f/4 he has made the couple's faces appear in the background slightly out of focus in order to accentuate the hand and ring.

Best Books For Wedding Photography Ideas And Tips

By taking these books with you to your first meeting with the photographer, you can show him some ideas of the type of pictures you are looking for at your wedding.

500 Poses for Photographing Brides

500 Poses for Photographing Brides
This is a great book for getting inspiration and ideas for your wedding pictures. With over 500 poses covering head to toe, you are bound to find something that suits your style.

As you'd expect from a book like this, there is very little text. The book is full of pictures which is what I liked about it. Plenty of wedding photography ideas.

Master Posing Guide for Wedding Photographers

Master Posing Guide for Wedding Photographers
Every wedding photographer should get a copy of this book. It is also great for couples looking for ideas for their own big day.

This book will be useful for new wedding photographers shooting their first gig. It has clear explanations on posing and lighting. More experienced photographers can still gain some inspiration from the many poses throughout the book.

Are You Photographing Your First Wedding?

Don't try shooting your first wedding on your own. Seek some help and guidance from a professional experienced photographer. Offer to assist them at their next job to gain some experience. The last thing you want on your conscience is ruining the bride and groom's big day with pictures that aren't up to scratch.

My advice is to take a wedding photography training course either online or at your local college. You will learn the basic techniques and equipment that you need to get started. Some photography courses even use video tutorials which I find make learning easier.

Wedding Photography Blueprint By Nick Stubbs

Wedding Photography Blueprint
If you would like to begin a career in wedding photography, then I suggest you get a copy of the Wedding Photography Blueprint by Nick Stubbs.

He is a professional photographer with many years experience and has put together an eBook to help you shoot your first wedding with confidence. He can show you which gear to buy, what poses you need to capture, how to produce a contract and many other aspects you'll need to master before developing your own wedding photography ideas and skills. Click Here To Find Out More

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