Wedding Photography, Hotel Marques de Riscal, Elciego, Alava, Spain - Group Photos

 1/6/13 Boda de Maluke y Eduardo, Hotel Marqués de Riscal, Elciego, Alava, País Vasco, España. Foto de James Sturcke Fotografía | www.sturcke.org

Wedding Photography, Hotel Marques de Riscal

Generally speaking couples hire me because they love the spontaneity and emotion that lies at the heart of my wedding photography. My main objective at any wedding is capture those special, poignant moments that pop up all the time.

But normally even couples looking for super-natural photos also want some group shots. I’m of course happy to do posed photos and aim to give them a twist and bit of elegance.

Destination weddings in the Basque Country

So when the families of Maluke and Edu lined up after the ceremony at Hotel Marqués de Riscal, Elciego, Basque Country, the first thing I did was move them around. I don’t want straight lines of people looking face on at the camera. I’m looking for small groups within a group - couples, for example - and move some forwards and other back to give depth to the image.

Moving people gives me a chance to interact with the people, crack a joke, and generally warm them up. It could provoke a smile or, like in the second photo below, two of Maluke’s sisters lift a leg. Simple, subtle, not too forced.