I think it’s safe to say that most couples want some time during their wedding day where they step away from their guests and have some time together to capture some portraits without an audience. This really is such a special time as you will naturally want to be surrounded by your loved ones for the majority of the day but to put that time aside so you can have some time to yourselves is really precious. I’m really not surprised that when I first meet most couples they will often tell me they feel awkward in front of the camera which is so normal. It’s therefore really important that the person you choose to take your wedding photos not only has a lot of experience and your love their style of photography but you feel relaxed with them. I would never want my couples to feel awkward or embarrassed and I really want them to be confident in what they are doing so a bit of gentle guidance is something that I always offer, after all if a photographer told me and my husband to “just stand there and be yourselves” I wouldn’t know how best to interpret that! I reassure my couples that there is no awkward posing but instead I’ll get you to do things that you would naturally do together like walking side by side, giving each other a hug etc. A lot of my favourite shots are actually the ‘in-between’ moments when the couple aren’t looking at the camera but to keep all the generations happy I always make sure there are plenty of looking at the camera shots too. I don’t expect you to take hours out of your reception to capture your couple shots (as we’ve all been to weddings where the couple have disappeared with their photographer for an extortionate amount of time), but if I can have 20-25 minutes I can capture some portraits that you will be so proud of and want to share, want to get framed and most importantly not be embarrassed about but instead love as much in the years to come as the first time you see them.
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