For beautiful and artistic wedding photography shooting outdoors for bride & groom portraits is akin to getting unrestricted access to the cookie jar. An outside setting be it in an urban location or in the rural surrounds of the countryside is filled with so much inspiration and variety for us to use to take amazing photographs of you on your wedding day. In part 1 of this post we will be discussing how to maximise the location we’re in, the first in two key topics when having a portrait session outdoors. In the second part we will explore how we can use the impact of the elements to our advantage.
Artistic Wedding Photography: Maximising Location
The setting you choose for your wedding day often has key attributes, which made you fall in love with the location and naturally it makes sense to incorporate these aspects into the photographs of the two of you. From architectural features to dramatic landscapes we always try and maximize the gifts each location has to offer. For artistic wedding photography this may also mean photographing the scene in a non obvious manner that captures the atmosphere and the two of you in a way that is completely unique and reflective of our style. We love photographing our couples outside because we love seeing a location in a new way as it is transformed by the presence of our couple in the scene and how we see the world through our viewfinder on the day. This means that we can shoot at the same location again and again and achieve a different perspective every time or visit somewhere for the first time and get an image not seen before by anyone else.
Beautiful locations are important but the focus in the image should always be on the couple and the connection they are sharing on their wedding day. We love stunning backdrops but our attention always remains on the two of you. In our landscapes we aim for a perfect balance between our Bride and Groom and the setting. For our portraits the location is used to best photograph our couple and most importantly capture the emotion and connection they are experiencing on this important day.
Of course if you want beautiful bride and groom portraits outside you also need to contend with all the elements thrown at you by the weather, time of day and season. In the next part of our How to Guarantee Amazing Outdoor Bride & Groom Portraits series we look at preparing and dealing with the elements in the most effective way, especially important when faced with the unpredictable British weather!