Following on from my last blog post, this is just a little post about other bits and pieces that I always find important to capture while photographing bridal prep apart from the obvious stuff.
Above is a bridal hair shot with fairly high contrast, deep shadows & brilliant highlights (to use an HIM album title) and converted to Black & White. I just kinda like it :)
But, first things first.
What's going on in the micro environment of the house/hotel room where the girls are getting ready and where's dad hiding, trying to keep out of the way. So first, what food & drink is on the go in the morning.
Fairly usual scene that greets me when at a brides home or bride's parents home is toast, pastries, coffee, wine, chocolate, etc.
Making sure that everyone has all those delicious foodies that is going to keep them going until the wedding breakfast that could be up to 8 hours away. (Yes, I can be with a bride at 8am & their wedding breakfast may not be until 4pm. These can be very long days, but it usually means there is more time, people are more relaxed & I can capture more 'stuff')
As soon as that's done, it's on to the people.
Hair being done, makeup being applied, flowers going in to hair, etc.
Capture it all front, side & back. I'd rather the bride had 'too many' hair, makeup & prep pics, than not enough that didn't capture the whole morning. Capture the kids the same way.
Then for me, shift focus back to the bride. Trying to be in the right place to capture her emotions when important moments happen. Getting gifts from the girls, someone bringing a gift from the groom. Seeing her flowers, seeing the bridesmaids all ready to go. Catching the smiles, the laughs & maybe the tears. A month after the wedding, your USB stick gets delivered and to have those emotions immortalised in images is something that we can all appreciate. They are something that helps to solidify how wonderful the wedding day was from start to finish.
And of course capture the cuddles :)
A few other details I like to grab is the bridal items both in situ as well as in a nice display.
So when the flowers arrive in their box from the florist, quick shot of how they sit. if jewellery is sitting about ready to go on the bride, shoot it. However, once that is done, set it all up and get some close ups to highlight the detail & effort that goes in to the bride on her wedding day.
And lastly of course, the dress going on/being done up with helps from maid of honour or Mum or both :)
Capture it all
You will be thanked for it :)
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