How does movement help make wedding photos natural?
When you’re considering the type of shots you’d like your Liverpool wedding photographer to capture on your big day, one of the key issues is whether to opt for ‘posed’ or more natural shots.
Of course, there’s no reason why you can’t ask your professional to take a mixture of both types of photograph. What about movement – how can that help to make wedding pictures seem more natural?
For a long time, highly stylised poses and still shots were the norm in the world of wedding photography. This approach remains very worthwhile, as it can help to capture a brief but beautiful moment in time, leading to unique photos. It also gives subjects the time to ensure they look their best. This approach does not, however, tell the whole story of the wedding day, let along an entire love affair that may go back for some years.
Tell a story
The finest wedding images will speak a thousand words, expressing emotion, telling stories and capturing moments just as they happen. Creating a meaningful wedding album or set of wall art thus involves incorporating expressions and movement into the shots. Adding movement to a scene can breathe life into a shot, so it reflects the relationship, wedding day or one-off moment perfectly.
There are two kinds of movement that can be used in wedding photography. Professionals can make sure they incorporate movement of an object or the body into their images. The latter is great for those who are more comfortable with being photographed. Using the movement of an object instead can be useful, as it reflects that sense of movement without any awkwardness or self-consciousness.
Capturing the movement
One of the best props to use as a moving object is in fact the wedding dress. The photographer can capture the bride moving in a variety of ways, such as doing a twirl or running away, so the detail of the gown can be seen from behind. This is a great idea to make your pictures stand out, as most wedding shots focus on the front of the outfit.
Another good way of capturing movement is to stand the couple face to face, while suggesting subtle moves that be transferred to film. This can be easier when couples are comfortable with being photographed, and it can be a reason to book a pre-wedding shoot so that you’re both relaxed around your photographer, as well as being familiar with the way in which they work. They could hold hands for a close-up of entwined fingers, or be captured kissing, touching the other’s hair or stroking the dress or silk tie.
For men, poses that involve some movement can be fun to try. The groom, best man and ushers, for example, could strike a pose, Reservoir Dogs style, or grab a pair of sunglasses to pose like James Bond. A drink could be a useful prop here, as it provides something to hold or take a sip from.
Whatever style of pictures you choose, adding some movement can be a sure-fire way of creating a compelling series of wedding pictures.
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