I absolutely love bridal portrait sessions simply because you get to photograph the bride when she feels the most joyful, emotional and beautiful. I have photographed over 700 sessions and have learned a lot along the way.
I love capturing the last moments before she becomes a spouse. No matter the different photography styles I choose for a wedding, I always give a lot of importance to portraits. They help the couple cherish the little details of their big day that can be forgotten as years go on. Mornings or early afternoons are my ideal time of the day for such photos. The hotel suite or the venue garden often serves as the ideal location. I must say that the window lighting in most hotel suites create a magnificent look that can’t be duplicated in any other environment. When hair and makeup are completely fresh, it’s the perfect time for portraits.
Here are some tips for successful bridal portraits:
- Put your emotions into it
It’s the happiest day of your life. Smile, laugh, cry, be serene, be emotional … As a wedding photographer, I have a strong conviction that if one puts her emotions into the moment, it will produce timeless photos. When it comes to portraits, everything is centered on your facial expression and your eyes. The variety of emotions is beautiful for portraits. Be spontaneous!
- Be well rested
Brides-to-be, here’s an advice: get your needed beauty rest. One of the best ways you can prepare for your wedding photos is to rest enough. Learn to delegate your tasks so you don’t have to stress out with last-minute details.
- Schedule your preparation time
Work on your wedding timeline. Don’t rush into your preparations. Double the amount of time you consider enough to get photos of your wedding shoes, dress, accessories and portraits. Have all your wearables in a single room.
- Make the most out of your location
You’re having a beach wedding or getting married in a lush garden? Use the beautiful backdrop for your bridal photos. But do keep it simple because portraits are meant to highlight the bride not the setting.
Finally, trust your photographer in directing you; he knows how to make your personality shine.