Posed or Unposed – that is the question!

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Imagine this: you’re on your wedding day, feeling excited and ready to marry the person you love. But the thought of those awkward posed photos has you breaking into a sweat!

Now the good news is, that not all poses have to be awkward and unnatural – they are just the starting point to more candid images.

Let’s break this down.

Posed photos are where I gently guide you into specific positions to create a classic and elegant look. These will not be complicated or crazy, just timeless poses for wedding photos. Think of these as the image your grandparents will want on their mantel piece!

The benefits of posed images are that I am totally in control of the lighting, the angles, and the overall look of the photos. This applies to couples’ portraits and the group shots too.

Alice and Chad in a natural posed shot

Unposed photos are those moments of genuine laughter, tearful ceremonies, and a shared glance during the speeches. They are often referred to as candid photos. These moments are ‘one off’s and cannot be recreated.

The unposed photo captures the authenticity of a day and often portrays real and raw emotions. These candid’s can often happen just after a posed photo – and I adore capturing these split-second moments in time.

The moment after ‘the moment’ – that unposed and relaxed ‘pose’ that showcases the couple’s personality and the atmosphere of the day

The good news is it doesn’t have to be one of the other. I am absolutely a fan of both kinds of photos and can seamlessly capture both types of images throughout your wedding day. Moving from directing/posing and then melting into the background to just capture all the intricate and natural moments of the day is all part of the job

It’s important to that you feel as comfortable as you can on your wedding day, so thinking about these aspects can really help. Engagement sessions are also a great way to practise getting more comfortable in front of the camera.

Your wedding photos should show the story of your day.

Posed photos capture the classic beauty, while unposed moments stitch in the raw emotions and genuine connections. By embracing both styles, you’ll create a wedding album that tells the complete story – a story of love, laughter, and photos that you will look back on in years to come.

Still have questions about posed and unposed photos? Leave a comment and I’ll be happy to help.

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