Bridal Preparation Images has become a huge part of what photographers offer & do as part of their wedding packages. Some give it as standard (Me) but you can opt out & some offer it as an add-on to their existing packages. I'm not going to get into the ups & downs, ins & outs, pros & cons, pricing strategies and all the rest in this post. What I am going to here is segregate 1 type of image that I like to include within my bridal prep images.
Before I start, all images in this blog post are from the same wedding, it's not a random selection from a series of weddings that took place in different years or anything silly like that :)
The first thing I do is make sure I get shots of the rooms where make-up & hair is being done, get images of all the bridal party doing whatever they're doing, shots of whoever is in the hot seat being primped, crimped, pampered & painted so they are ready for the day. If there's kids dashing around, watching the telly, playing games with a bridesmaid, eating their Cheerios or whatever, get those things in the bag. These will be the first images the bride & groom see when they receive their USB from me & it sets the tone for the day. There will be a separate blog post I shall be creating for these sorts of images. Today however, I want to talk about the static stuff.
First thing is, if there is a flower girl, get a shot of the flower girl's dress. Get a shot of her shoes. Get a shot of her magic fairy want. Get a shot of the basket of flower petals. Put them somewhere with another accessory to the wedding. Hang the flower girl dress next to the bride's if they're a similar colour (white or Ivory). If they're not (like the image below) put it with some else that belongs to the wedding. I have a second shot with the shoes in the image as well :)
Next the shoes & the wand. Bride's House has got a cool tiled or wooded floor, I'll use it.
Interesting slabs/crazy paving outside, I'll use it. If I've got the time to get creative with other materials and make my own background to a shot or if there's an awesome chair in the sitting room, I'll use it.
I like to have a little contrast in my images, so white shoes on coloured floor or coloured shoes (blue seems to be in this year) on white floor really helps separate feature from the background. I'm not saying that's how everyone should do it, as it may not fit your photographer's style. It's just how I do it, I like it and so do my clients (as in, I've not had any complaints)
Next on to the Bride. Dress First.
Hang the dress up, have the shoes underneath, even put the flowers between the shoes if they are at the prep location (they weren't around when I was doing this shot), but I don't stop at the dress. What I really love to do then is do a series of images with all the things apart from the dress that will make up the bride on her wedding day. Shoes, flowers, perfume, garter, jewellery, the shilling, something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. Everything that the bride has on her wedding day, that her family & friends may not see, but are still part of the bride's day.
Then Bridemaids get their turn. Dresses hung up, shoe shots, dresses individually. Make sure I get them as I can't leave anyone out. Also, mum & dad will have a shot or two that represent them as well. buttonhole, cufflinks & watch maybe for Dad. Fascinator & flower for Mum.
Then back to the bride for final touches to make-up & hair, getting the dress on, back of dress shot (button or corset backs always look good) bridesmaids helping bride out with everything, mum putting on bride's necklace, maid of honour helping with shoes. The before we all leave for the ceremony, the big reveal :)
The blushing bride in all her glory. looking happy, excited, nervous, content & anxious all at once.
Year of prep and planning have come down to today, with up 10 people trying to get ready for it in a matter of hours.
Capture it all
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