Don’t say “Cheese” please …

I find one of the trickiest aspects of wedding (and sometimes portrait) photography is to get away from photographs that look ‘overposed’. Sometimes people try too hard to be just ‘perfect’ in every way and are genuinely uncomfortable being ‘on show’ to the camera. Whilst a few have a talent for posing, the majority of us can end up looking a bit stiff and sometimes not showing our ‘best side’. In these cases a documentary or ‘invisible photographer’ approach can work wonders. Of course this never applies to children who are great at breaking the formality of some sessions. They just love playing up to the camera! Sometimes the most interesting shots are before people fully realise photographs are being taken or by the photographer shooting less obviously or indirectly. Whilst doing the usual and necessary shots I’ll always look for those informal opportunities to help build the essential background to any wedding day.

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Getting arranged for some of the more formal shots.

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Reflections in the mirror.

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Kids just wanting to have fun (whilst waiting at Aberdeen Registry Office).

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“Before you go … one last shot please?”

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After the parents have gone next door the children play at “grow up” posing.

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Quietly and from a distance … the photographer is no longer noticed.

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Just showing the different attitudes to being photographed.

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Sleepy time at last.

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Posing now over … Its time to relax with family and friends. But for the photographer there is still a chance to capture some great memories.

Caire and Zander's wedding

Or just distract the guests with a request. Ladies always believe that their partner would benefit from a little ‘straightening out’.

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