Professional Wedding Photography
Chances are, if you are preparing for your wedding, you still have quite a bit to do. One of the most important items on your checklist is your bridal portrait. While a good photographer will walk you through the process, there are a few things that will help make your bridal session a smooth day filled with fun.
Yes, bridals are fun! It is a time to let the “true you” shine and even a time to experiment a little in front of the camera. Your photographer should be able to “show you off” in a variety of ways. While some brides find their bridal session a bit stressful, it does not have to be. However, it can also be pretty stressful. In fact, it should be something you look forward to!
So, how can you make your bridal session a fun time?
Work with Your Photographer. A good photographer will already know your personality and will have suggested locations to shoot your bridal that fit who you are. If not, ask your photographer if he/she likes to photograph bridals. Also, do not be afraid to list some locations of your own choosing.
Allow for Plenty of Time At least two hours, perhaps even longer. Make sure to hire a photographer who takes his/her time taking your bridal. Cookie-cutter wedding photographers may get you in and out in just 30 minutes. But you also get a cookie-cutter bridal.
Bring Someone with You. This person will help you carry your dress, bouquet, and shoes. If you show up in your dress make sure to bring a change of clothes. That person will also help you relax and have a good time. This can be your mother or the Maid-of-Honor. It does not matter. Just as long as it is someone who you can help you relax and encourage you.
Don’t Fear the Odd Places. The bridal should center on you and not the location. However, the location can play an extremely important role in a good bridal portrait. I often drive around looking for strange doors, windows, walls and buildings that can serve as a good backdrop for a bride. So, if your photographer says they have a wall near the train tracks in the downtown area, don’t be afraid to “give it a shot”.
Choose the Right Time. Many photographers like to shoot in the early morning or the late evening due to the softer light. Cloudy days are great for taking photos as it eliminates harsh shadows. However, finding a stylist and make-up person willing to get up early in the morning to get you prepared is not very easy. Plan for a late afternoon or perhaps the evening time. Of course, if it is in a studio, time does not matter. Give yourself plenty of time to prepare.
Be Who You Are. Your photos should capture more than a beautiful face and dress; it should tell a story of who you are. This is the time to let your personality show! Are you an outgoing person? Then, have fun with it. Perhaps you are more quiet and easy-going. If so, let that side of you show through. Again, do not be afraid to try something out-of-the-box. While you will probably only choose one for your final bridal portrait, you will have some extra photos for the album.
Relax. Relax Relax. Remember: this is fun! relax and have a great time.
Remember: Your bridal portrait is not just a good photograph, it is a reflection of your personality. Just be sure to choose the right photographer who takes time getting to know you. Have fun and smile!
Look for our next article “Taking Your Engagement Photo” coming soon!