Top 5 Tips for Effortless Wedding Day Couple Portraits
Creating natural wedding day couple portraits revolves around capturing the unique chemistry between the two of you. This moment is entirely yours, not mine. It’s a precious time for newlyweds to let everything soak in—the realisation that you’ve just married your best friend, the excitement of the day’s celebrations, and the joy of sharing these moments with loved ones. Let’s dive into some friendly tips to ensure your photos naturally reflect your love.
Tip 1: Keep the Good Vibes Flowing with Movement
Don’t hesitate to get moving when you’re in front of the camera. Personally, I enjoy the idea of taking a walk together around your venue. This walk provides an opportunity for both of you to engage in playful interactions, pause to savour the moment, or simply find a quiet spot to sit and connect.
Allow your chosen photographer to capture these candid moments that reveal the genuine spark between you. It’s all about preserving the spontaneity and joy you share, resulting in photos that exude natural charm and pure happiness.
Tip 2: Laugh & Love, Let Your Smiles Shine
There’s no need to hold back those genuine smiles and sweet moments, although I’ve noticed that some couples have been interested in the idea of ‘Soft Smiles’ to keep things understated. It’s worth exploring if you’re concerned about showing too much teeth in your photos.
Interestingly, this year, I’ve seen more couples opting to highlight their laughter and playfulness over intense kissing or intimate moments. The portrait session is all about you both, so feel free to just be yourselves. It’s about capturing your true, authentic connection.
Tip 3: Sneak Away for a Sweet Moment Alone
Trust me, from my experience, taking a short break, just about 5-10 minutes, can work wonders for both of you. Amid the whirlwind of your special day, find a little spot to slip away together. These moments are incredibly special. They give you a chance not only to catch your breath but also to connect in a truly genuine way.
And if you ever feel like you need an extra moment to yourselves, consider choosing sunset—it’s the perfect time for a quiet escape! Playing devils advocate here, but on the flip side if you feel like you don’t want to spend any time away from your guests at all then your photographer should respect that. Again, your day is about you, not the photographer!
Tip 4: Practice Makes Perfect (and Relaxed)
Before the wedding day, take a little time to practice your poses and interactions. One fantastic way to do this is by scheduling an engagement shoot with your photographer. This not only allows you to become more familiar with each other’s movements and expressions but also helps you feel at ease and natural in front of the camera. The practice gained from an engagement shoot will make your wedding day portraits appear effortless, capturing the real essence of your connection.
Tip 5: Slow Down and Savour the Moment
When it comes to your portrait sessions, there’s no need to hurry. Embrace the process, and let your photographer capture those authentic, spontaneous moments that truly reflect your unique relationship. Taking your time ensures that your photos are filled with genuine emotions and serve as a beautiful representation of your love story.
In case you find that you have limited time on your big day, don’t worry. Remember, your photographer is a professional for a reason and should be adept at adapting to various circumstances. They’ll work their magic to ensure that your portraits are still remarkable and filled with the essence of your connection.
Bonus Tip: Time it Right for That Magical Light
Give some thought to scheduling your portrait sessions either just before your wedding breakfast or during the golden hour, when the sun is less intense.
Having your sessions before your wedding breakfast is a great idea because you’ll still be riding the post-ceremony excitement, and when you return, your guests will be seated and ready for your grand entrance!
Now, when it comes to scheduling a second session during the golden or blue hour, it’s all about the light. The soft, flattering illumination during these times accentuates the natural, romantic atmosphere of your portraits.
By embracing these friendly tips and bonus suggestions, you’ll create wedding day couple portraits that effortlessly showcase your natural chemistry and the beautiful story of your love. These photos will become treasured memories that warm your hearts for years to come.