Your wedding photography is one of the most important parts of your wedding day, as the photos document this joyous occasion and tell a story in your wedding album for years to come! Some brides and grooms struggle with how to pose themselves and their extended families during a family portrait session. How do we make it look natural? Some cultures have so much extended family to photograph that it can be anxiety causing or even stressful to plan out. For instance, Indian weddings present a unique beauty in their color, attention to detail and artistic culture, but also a unique challenge as these are long days, there are many different ceremonies, many outfits worn and generally over 300 guests to document. To best capture all this beauty, make sure your Indian wedding photographer photographs many different bride and groom poses to keep the pictures looking fresh.
Wedding Photography Poses
1. Romantic Poses
Don’t forget to schedule some time for yourselves on the wedding day, either before the ceremony or directly after it. The bride and groom should sneak off with their wedding photographer to capture some romantic poses. Ask your photographer to play with depth of field, focus, and lighting (such as silhouettes – backlighting), edge-lighting and different qualities of natural and strobe lighting, to get multiple styles of the same pose. Try a forehead-to-forehead, a close hug, a slow dancing shot, and a relaxed seated shot in a beautiful location posing in whatever way is most natural. Mix it up a lot! There should be a variety of poses between the couple looking at each other and looking at the camera.
2. Bridal Details
Ask your photographer to use a close up lens. There are so many beautiful details at weddings, and incorporating them in a portrait is a great way to get some unique looking images. Indian brides are draped in beautiful details, from the colorful, gilded and embroidered gowns to the lavish jewelry. Find a location near a window that lets in natural light and take a portrait as the bride faces the window. This natural light will enhance the incredible details of the makeup, hair and wedding jewelry. Take another similar shot from underneath the veil or ghoongat. Get a full body shot of the bride twirling in her gown, and a closeup of her smokey kohl eyes, and her henna.
3. Fun Candids
Weddings are filled with unique ceremonies and opulent celebrations. They offer endless opportunities to capture interesting and fun candid shots! For example in Indian weddings, the photographer should be front and center during the Baraat, Mehndi, Sangeet, Vidai and Haldi ceremonies. There are many guests and family present at weddings, so be sure to pose your extended family and friends in relaxed poses, seated formally, but also engaging with each other, to make your photographs more interesting!
Karen Wise Photography is known for her artistic wedding photography work. Karen will capture every moment of your event, from the romantic to the fun celebration. Her wedding photography has been featured in Vogue India, Style Me Pretty and in The Knot, and other wedding publications. She is based in Brooklyn, NY, but her work has taken her all over the world, including Udaipur, Paris, Los Cabos, and Iceland. See some of her work online and call her at (917) 539-9908 to discuss your big day.