Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Reviewing final tips for bridal portraits, part of Wedding Photography for Everyone: Bridal Portraits.
As we near the end our course, I thought it would be helpful to reflect back on some of the things that we've picked up and learned along the way. So, what I want to do here is just highlight a few things that I think are important. And sort of bring all of that together, so that you can then, review those topics as you start to consider how to create your own bridal portraits. All right. Well, for starters, one of the things that I have on my list is this, you want to craft a vision. You want to have a vision and goal for what type of photographs that you want to make. It's definitely an important step. Another item that I jotted down is that when you're capturing a picture of a bride, you want to capture the sparkle in her eyes. You want to, you want to really photograph the glow of the day. And that's really important.
Next, I have that when you're taking these pictures, it's important to get the bride to move. Go for a walk. Ask her to, to spin, to change her posture, to do anything just to get, to begin to move. Because what that will do is, it will help loosen her up, so that you capture more natural photographs. Then, I have another point here is that as you're taking those pictures, you want to provide positive and encouraging feedback. We have to keep in mind that, when we're photographing someone, the experience on the other side of the lens is completely different.
Sometimes it can make us self-conscious. So, again, you want to provide a lot of helpful encouragement. Next, as you're making these photographs, you want to have fun. You know, this is an exciting day, you want to capture that excitement. And maybe, you even want to capture some quirky or fun photographs as well. Then, you might want to integrate props into your photographs. Because props that are perhaps there for the theme of the day. They're a great way to add personality and to create different types of photographs. Then, of course, we have the bouquet. You definitely do not want to forget the bouquet. A lot of thought has been put into the, the type of flowers, the color of the flowers.
Integrate those into your photographs. Also, it's a great way to give the bride something to do with her hands, if she doesn't know where to place her hands, once she has flowers in her hands, that will really solve that problem. Then, number eight, I have here is that you want to utilize your location. In other words, really think about how you can utilize different areas of where you are. And sometimes, what you'll discover is that great pictures can be made in unlikely locations. Next, we have that light can be found. You know, there are so many different types of light we can work with, whether that's outdoor, open shade, or indoor window, or door light. We can also work with back light, in order to create a certain or distinct look.
And as we think about these different types of light, we don't want to forget magic hour. You know, that sky light at the end of the day which has such a beautiful color and look. And then, the last idea that I wrote down here on my top ten list is this, it's that genuine and authentic is always better than contrived.
- Crafting a vision with the bride
- Choosing gear
- Scouting the location
- Photographing details
- Working with window light and open shade
- Refining the subject's poses, posture, and poise
- Knowing when to make eye contact
- Reviewing images from the shoot