What does ‘posing’ for photos really mean at your wedding?

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What do ‘posed photos’ really mean in your search for the perfect wedding photographer?

Most enquiries I get are from couples looking for a photographer who is:

‘natural’  ‘relaxed’  ‘candid’ ‘informal’ ‘not all posey’

I often hear potential clients say to me:

“we don’t want anything too posey”

“we don’t like to pose”

Well that’s lucky as I describe myself as an ‘informal, quirky and relaxed wedding photographer’.

The candid moments of genuine emotions like excitement, nerves and even a tiny pinch of hysteria are the bits I love to photograph.


Let’s talk about those ‘posed photos’ for a minute… what does that really mean for you on your wedding day?

It might sound like I’m saying that there will be no posing on the day…

and that’s not entirely true for in the natural world of Swinky Photography I have to tell you that there will be some posing; or, as I like to call it;

‘some fun’!!

OK, so let’s consider your dream venue; you’ve spent a long time choosing it. It’s an integral part of the look and feel of your wedding day.

My, very (very very very!) important job as your wedding photographer is to show it off!!

For example, if you choose a relaxed informal outdoor wedding venue you would expect to see ‘posed’ photos like this:

and what if the backdrop to your wedding day was a beautiful deep blue sea…

I’d hate to rely on you candidly sitting in the perfect spot for me to take a natural ‘snap’!

What if a moment like this didn’t present itself:


Or maybe you just tied the knot in a gorgeous 250-year-old stately home:

So you see sometimes I have to create (or pose you) for these photos… they still look natural though hey?

We also need to consider your guests and family here too. Sometimes they ‘hover’ in front of the camera ready to pose for me (its true)! Some older family members even sometimes ask me “when are we doing the group photo?”

With a little bit of me coordinating (aka me being bossy) I might get ‘posed’ photo like this:

I hope you see my ‘posing’ point?

The right photographer is all about documenting your day; making sure every angle is showcased; from your dress, flowers, venue, guests and surroundings. A candid photographer like me will work hard behind the scenes to make this happen and, most importantly to make it look like it happened naturally, I can’t only rely on luck for that!

In summary, yes, I am an ‘informal and relaxed wedding photographer’… but I might need to create some of those images throughout your wedding day.

So please, don’t be scared of a little ‘posing’!

Thanks for reading, I hope you found it useful.

As ever, feel free to get in touch with ANY questions – large or seemingly small.

Lots of love and air kisses

CJ & Wolfie xx

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