I want to send out a big thank you to Edward Ross! He has a unique ability to make his images of the bride and groom together become true art. If you look at his photos below you will see what I mean.
Image 1: Groom standing and bride sitting is not something you see very often; which is why it is awesome. Take notice to the groom, see how his legs are crossed and his hand is in his pocket? That gives him a very relaxed and comfortable look. Check out the bride, notice the bend at her elbow. Remember, angles are good. Now look at the position of the heads, notice they are both looking away in the same direction, that is a good technique.
Image 2: Great backlighting or (rim lighting) in this photo. Notice the tilt of the heads and notice the bride has her hand behind the grooms head. She is pulling him close to her which is very embracing. They are not kissing, this is a “just before the kiss pose” which are usually better that “kiss poses”
Image 3: This shot is just amazing! Check out the composition and the lines and what a beautiful pose Edward has set up here. Look how the bride is resting her head on his shoulder. The center composition works well because of the leading lines. Notice how they draw you in and all the way through the subject and through the rest of the photo.
Image 4: Again beautiful light. Are you starting to see how much light effects a photo? Look at the angles of the arms notice where they are holding each other. Also look at the lines in the background, notice how the couple seem to blend in and stand out at the same time.
Image 5: This is my favorite image in the series. Look at the leading lines, it has been done perfectly. Beautiful curving lines leading to each subject and another line leading us through the frame. As you can see the groom has his hand in his pocket again (nice way to look relaxed) look at the bend in the brides arm. Now look how they are both looking into the center of the frame, which works great with the column.
Image 6: And just when you think you are always supposed to have a subject bend their arms, you get one that’s straight and looks great. But why? Composition, that’s why. Check out the lines in the photo, they are all straight, the poles, the doors even the blurred groomsman and look at how straight the bride is standing. If her arm was bent in this photo it would have looked out of place. Remember composition has a lot to do with the pose.
Image 7: Beautiful! Note the bride and groom do not have to be close to make a good photo. Check out the groom (hand in pocket) leaning against the wall really relaxed and looking cool. That’s what all grooms want to look like. COOL. Look at the sophistication in the bride, notice how her dress is mimicking the dome in the background. Notice the S-curve in her body.
Image 8: Note: How cool does the groom look? Very cool right? Remember make your grooms look relaxed and cool. Notice the pose of the bride, it matches her expression perfectly, also notice that her hand is laying on the table, the pose looks natural and fun.
Image 9: This image is HOT. Check out the curve in her back, it matches the flames in the foreground. And she is bending her arm pulling the groom in closer. Close is good especially with the flames because this pose and photo scream passion and intensity.
Image 10: Check out the contrast of the red, white and black. Now look at the veil, and the bride, see how they just flow right together. A great way to get an angle on her arms here was to have her lift her dress slightly as she way walking. I think this image really speaks for itself.
Image 11: I am not sure how many peacocks you come across at weddings, but if you ever do see if you can duplicate this pose. Notice she is lifting her dress slightly. It makes them seem even closer together when her arm is tucked in between his and his body. Notice how his arm is almost curved to mimic the feathers of the peacock.