What Is a “natural Style” of Wedding Photography?
* Specialising in capturing candid moments in their natural beauty.
* Owner of Grumpy Beetle Photography and videography team, based on the Gold Coast, Australia.
* A Fantastic husband and wife team, both Marc and Jackie are high school teachers who are passionate about documenting the precious stages of life from the most natural viewpoints.
We have had an increasing amount of Brides and Grooms asking for ” natural style ” photographs. Usually either because they are camera-shy or do not like look of posed photographs. There are so many positives to this style of photography .
The natural style of wedding photography should look candid and as it suggests ” natural ” but in fact more often than not it is actually styled slightly by the photographer . An experienced photographer should be able to make the Bride and Groom feel comfortable enough in the styled poses that it both feels and looks natural.
When a couple has asked for natural photographs we will usually keep a bit of distance between us and the couple. We will give styled instructions that involve movement or encourage the couple to talk or laugh. We might ask the Groom to whisper in the Brides ear or ask the Bride to just walk up and give her Groom a hug from behind. Very rarely will we ever ask these couples to look into the camera. If there is a bench we will ask the couple to sit down and relax, imagining they are binge watching Netflix on the couch at home.
It is the moments that just happen in between these instructions that we click away frantically capturing. When the Bride blushes and giggles at what the Groom whispered in her ear, when the Bride reaches up and strokes her Grooms cheek. This is what we are looking for.
We always get excited if there is a window or some long grass that we can shoot through. Having objects in the foreground of the image always helps to make the photograph look and feel natural . Firstly because the couple doesn’t feel intimated by the giant camera lens pointed in their face and secondly because it creates a sense of realism. As the viewer you feel like you are apart of the image, like you are there looking in through that window at the loving couple just doing their thing.
One of the nicest things about this style of photography is that this allows the couple to use the portrait photography time as just some time out to be together on their wedding day. Lets face it between saying hello to all of the guests, thanking all of the relatives who flew in from all corners of the globe and then getting back around to everyone to say goodbye as they leave it can be hard finding the time to eat let alone spend some time together as a newly wed couple on your wedding day. These photographs allow you to talk, to giggle, to hug, to walk hand-in-hand and just be together while the photographer keeps their distance, gives subtle styled suggestions and just clicks away.
The natural style of wedding photography is becoming increasingly popular. In our opinion this is because it feels real. When you look at the photos they just look like a romantic moment in your day that was caught by a passing on -looker (one with a really good camera).
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