Kelly J Photography – Alternative Somerset Wedding Photographer » Alternative wedding photography and natural outdoor portraits in Somerset, UK

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    I'm a documentary style wedding photographer who proudly calls Somerset my new home. Originally from North Wales I have travelled all over the country for work. I love getting to know couples and being involved in a little piece of their story. My style is unobtrusive, relaxed and natural. I like to capture moments as they naturally unfold in front of me. Quirky and bohemian weddings are my ultimate favourite.

    In addition to weddings I also photograph portrait sessions on-location, so if you'd like a family/couple/baby portrait shoot please get in touch.

This wedding was totally unlike most weddings I’ve ever been to. There was no cake cutting, instead they had a whole table of homemade cakes for people to just help themselves. There was no first dance, instead they had an ‘everybody first dance’. The bridal party played with nerf guns during the group shots. It was incredibly casual and that’s what I loved about this rainbow themed wedding.

Lara and Ben got hitched over the Easter holidays in The Bluebell Centre and whilst it was raining the entire day, nothing stopped this wedding from being bright, colourful and full of personality. The tables were prettily decorated with Daffodils, china cups and mini chocolate eggs. The barn was filled with bright coloured bunting and fairy lights and Lara and Ben had made 1,000 rainbow coloured origami cranes for the ceremony.

There was something even more special at this wedding that the guests weren’t anticipating. During Ben’s speech they announced their pregnancy with twins!

Also, isn’t that dress just wow!!

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I love taking my camera somewhere new and last week it came on an adventure with me to Stourhead House and Gardens in Wiltshire. It took us a long time to get round everything at Stourhead, mainly because every two seconds there was something I wanted to stop and take a picture of. Lots of architectural detail, hidden grottoes and temples in the gardens, not to mention all the beautiful flowers and wildlife. I could so imagine photographing a wedding here.

I’d definitely recommend a day out here and see it for yourself. These pictures don’t even do justice to the scale of the more than 2,000 acre gardens that surround the lake. If it’s this good in Spring, I would love to see it in the Autumn.

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Sometimes in between all the weddings and portrait sessions, I will shoot the occasional event. Christenings, charity balls, birthday parties. They might not be advertised much on my website but that doesn’t mean that I don’t love to do them. In fact, I love shooting events. My favourite part of any shoot is being a fly on the wall and taking candid pictures. Christening photography is great for that because there are kids involved too, so those fly on the wall candid shots are even more entertaining.

Lily had her Christening and 1st birthday party on the same day and while I wasn’t allowed to take pictures of the actual ceremony we managed to get some pictures in the beautiful Church afterwards.

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If you want me to cover your event please contact me for more information.

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How To Pose Couples Naturally

How to pose couples naturally? When I first started photographing couples, a lot of my pictures turned out really stiff and the only directions I could think of were “look at the camera / just be yourself / be natural” – umm, no wonder the pictures didn’t turn out at all natural. It’s one thing to find a handful of really great poses on Pinterest but another thing actually directing your couple so that the pose comes out naturally.

 

So let’s get started..

 

Getting your couple to relax.

Before the shoot even begins it’s so important to talk to your couple. Tell them what to expect from the session, ask them what their plans are for the evening, ask them questions about themselves. It’s all about making that connection so that they feel comfortable with you. I always find some things in common with my clients to begin with and that helps us work together well.

How To Pose Couples Naturally

 

Start with a basic pose.

To begin the session, give them a super basic instruction. We don’t want to start with a really complicated pose, instead we start off with something small and once you have a few photographs at different angles of the first pose we move them on to the next phase of that particular pose.

You could start with a few poses like; stand side by side and hold hands / touch foreheads / put your arms around his shoulders / face each other and hold her waist etc

How To Pose Couples Naturally

 

Make adjustments.

While you’re shooting, give them small directions to add more variety and movement into each pose. Let’s say we started off with “Put your hand on his shoulder”, once you’ve got a few shots of her hand on his shoulder, ask her to slowly move her hand down his arm until they’re both holding hands. Keep taking pictures the ENTIRE time! We want to capture the process, not just the end result of the pose. It’s the process that we really want because that’s where you will get the most natural looking reactions.

You could try adjusting the basic poses we talked about into the next phase; stand by side and hold hands, then look at each other / touch foreheads, then have one of them look slightly off-camera / put your arms round his shoulders, then move your hands towards his collar / face each other and hold her waist, then lean in for a kiss.. etc.

Making these slight adjustments will give you lots of movement to capture.

How To Pose Couples Naturally

How To Pose Couples Naturally

 

Reassure them.

Let them know that they look great, that they’re doing well and the lighting is really pretty where they’re standing and “oh wow, I love that, hold that pose if you can”.  Your couples can’t see what’s going on at the back of the camera so it’s really important to keep them informed that everything is going really well.

How To Pose Couples Naturally

 

Move your camera and change lenses for variety.

You can get a lot of various images out of just one pose if you move around the couple or change your lens for a different view. Let’s say I’m doing an engagement session and the bride-to-be has her arms around her future groom, I like to move around them so I have both an angle from her point of view AND his, I also like to change my lens so I have a wide shot as well as a close up shot. Right there I’ve gotten 3 or 4 different shots from one pose.

How To Pose Couples Naturally

 

Show them what to do.

One of the best ways to get your couples into the pose if you can’t quite explain it, is to show them what to do by acting it out yourself. Simple.

How To Pose Couples Naturally

 What are your fool-proof ways to getting your couples to look natural on camera?

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  • 02/22/2015 - 22:09

    Melissa Avey - What a great post. PS I love that girls hair ( blue hair ) :)ReplyCancel

  • 02/20/2015 - 02:47

    Jennifer - Seriously great tips!! This is a great refresher. I love how you put it into such practical suggestions. Nice!!ReplyCancel

  • 02/18/2015 - 14:28

    Emily - Great post! Getting couples to relax into a pose isn’t easy at all. Your tips on how to pose couples in a photo session is super valuable!ReplyCancel

  • 02/18/2015 - 14:21

    Karidan Chapman - Great tips definitely going to use these in my next session!!ReplyCancel

  • 02/17/2015 - 21:27

    Stephanie Necessary - What great tips! IT’s true – posing is so important – but I love how you capture those real moments :)ReplyCancel

  • 02/17/2015 - 06:20

    sarah - great tips on how to pose couples! you have definitely done a great job of getting many different poses with real interactions!ReplyCancel

  • 02/17/2015 - 01:30

    Amanda Brendle - Great tips on posing! Love how simple adjustments by the photographer can quickly change the image completely.ReplyCancel

  • 02/17/2015 - 01:25

    Becky - Great advice and beautiful images, too!ReplyCancel

  • 02/16/2015 - 18:34

    Calgary wedding photographer - Gorgeous photos. I always love your work as a Somerset photographer. Thanks for the awesome tips on how to pose couples!ReplyCancel