An insight into the process of your couple portraits
The formal photographs are normally taken after the ceremony. You can decide whether you have the group pictures with your guests first or your couple portraits together. Some people prefer to not give much time to their couple portraits and want more natural photographs of them mingling with their guests. Others value this time alone and like to have a moment away from the chaos of the day and capture some stunning portraits as a newly married couple. You will only get one chance at these pictures so make sure you won’t regret not having professional photographs done as bride and groom.
If the couple portraits are important to you, we recommend giving up to 45 minutes for this section of the day. If your venue has large grounds we can utilise fully, it can take some time walking between each photo location. In this time we aim to capture the two of you together as well as some individual portraits as well. This can include some detail shots of your flowers and outfits.
This couple had their wedding ceremony at Colchester Town Hall and after the group shots, had scheduled an hour for their photographs. We walked down to Colchester Castle Park which has a few pretty places for formal and informal pictures. Unfortunately the weather had threatened rain but luckily it wasn’t too bad. The bride had brought along an umbrella just in case so we had to get it in some shots!
Natural portraits are most popular these days rather than stiff, posed images. We capture the genuine expressions of love and happiness that are present on the day between the newly married couple. Having said that, lots of people feel uncomfortable in front of the camera, freeze up and don’t know what to do. To achieve these beautiful portraits, there is some element of posing and guidance given to help you relax and enjoy your time whilst still maintaining a natural feel.
Sometimes it can be helpful to bring along the best man or a bridesmaid to help hold items if needed or help fluff the dress up etc.