Are you ready for your Bridal Portrait Shoot?
Every bride-to-be (and photographer) would love a beautiful bridal session as it allows the bride the chance to feel her dress for more than the typical 10 minutes she has it on during fitting before the D-day.
It is also the day of pampering, relaxation, hair do’s & makeup. As for the photographer, the bridal session allows for an opportunity to get to know the happily anxious bride, but more importantly allows the bride to become a bit more comfortable with the D-day attire and more importantly in front of the camera. Candid Wedding photographer Vrutika Doshi gives some brilliant tips to get your Bridal Shoot done just the right way. Read on for more...
Bridal portraits are meant to be a showcase piece of art. They are meant to make the bride feel like a princess and look like an angel, shot at locations that showcase the bride as a priceless diamond. No matter the style - dramatic, offbeat, classic or vintage, the locations accordingly picked with the dash of the photographic charm make the bride shine.
Every bride is unique and so should be each bridal portrait. Each bride brings her own unique style to her portraits. Getting to know the bride’s vision for her wedding, her personal style and utilizing unexpected locations are all part of the process of making art pieces and capturing her bridal essence.
Most importantly it’s the best days of the brides life and the bridal portrait commences this wedding phase..
10 things to remember when you get shot during you portraits:
Light it up - Find great light. Light is the most important element for a portrait. The right light will beautify the location to perfection. Wonderful light can be found in the most unusual places. Do not discount any light source available. Sometimes the most unassuming lights make amazing images. Be bold and move around in the light, a single ray can change perspectives of beauty.
Planning - Weddings are hectic with the never ending list of things to do, so the location must be decided in advance.
A friend in need is a friend indeed - Having a friend of family assist makes it much easier and faster. Company can help manage multiple things at shoot like handling the dress, to give a second opinion on make up, etc. This would probably be the first time for the bride to be wearing the dress longer than 15mins and its really exciting! Things really become real and its great to share it with someone.
Be prepared - It is also advisable to carry a second pair of shoes that are the same height as the wedding shoes and a pair of walking shoes. There might be a bit of walking so you don’t want to get the wedding shoes dirty or get hurting feet! Some items would be necessary like most importantly water, make up, lip balm and may be some wet tissues. Its surprising how easily hands and legs get dirty in the excitement. Bring a cloth or some newspaper for resting feet in between the shoot. It will save the worry of dirtying the dress and the cost and time of the dry cleaning process.
The professional touch - It is advisable to get hair and make up done professionally. It would add in the element of the feeling when you leave the salon looking perfect and confidant. Also adding in the opportunity of experimenting with the look for the D-day.
Punctuality!!! - Natural lighting is always the best and nothing can replace Mother Nature at its best. Which means when the sun goes down, the quality of pictures go down and extra sunny afternoons make it bright. A minimum of 2 hours are required for the shoot and arriving an hour early to get dressed and to do any last minute touch ups is a must.
Bling it up! - The ring must be polished and the stone shining as much as the bride. Close ups of the ring are shot in significance of the mark of the beginning.
Beautify - A manicure and pedicure session before the shoot would help showcase the perfect hands and legs. Go get pampered and invest in great nails. Detailed shots of the hands with the ring, jewelry on toes and ankles, postures, etc are part of the perfect bridal portrait.
Pose to perfection - Be dramatic and loosen up for the right angled shots. Posing with various gestures and actions are part of the process of making the portrait of the right mix. As the photographer would know the best angles do loosen up and let the photographer experiment and direct on the execution.
Experience the fun - Most importantly have fun. It is all part of the best days of the wedding couples lives. They sit back and enjoy and get papered, the checklist is for friends and family to take care off and make sure that all is in place. The happy and happiness captured is what adds the silver lining to the portrait and to memories for the future.
This is the time to soak up each moment.. So bond, laugh, share, and enjoy the time of a lifetime!
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