Photo by Blane Marable
1. Hire a photographer that has done work in the area you want to have your portraits taken
Your bridal portraits represent what you will look like on your wedding day and will be in your life for years to come. When deciding what local photographer to use, be sure to look through their portfolio gallery and take note of their photography style. It is especially helpful if they have done photoshoots at your wedding venue to give you a visual of how you would want your portraits to look.
2. Look up bridal photos of the location beforehand
This is particularly important if your photographer has not done shoots at the venues you want your portraits in front of. Find pictures of other brides in the area and look at the angles of the areas that they took their portraits. This will also give you an idea of what you are looking for and of what you do not want.
3. Bring a team of people with you
Having three to four people with you, whether it is family or bridesmaids, will be beneficial during your photo session. They can help straighten your dress, hold your bouquet, and hold extra makeup and hairspray for you while you are getting your pictures taken. They can also be a great support system and help you feel confident behind the camera.
4. Create a slideshow of ideas to send to the photographer and your team
After you research and find ideas that inspire your bridal photo session, add them into a shareable slideshow, like Google Slides, and send them to your photographer and support team. Put a bridesmaid or whoever is with you in charge of making sure all of the desired shots are taken!
5. Bring a sheet to protect your dress during travel
This is often a detail that is forgotten about and yet it is very crucial in order to protect your dress when traveling from place to place. Simply wrap it around the dress when getting in and out of the car to ensure that it does not get dirt on it, especially if you have multiple locations for your bridal photoshoot.
Follow these simple tips to make sure that your bridal photoshoot goes as smoothly as possible! Preparation, extra sets of hands, and protection for your dress will help make sure that you get the exact shots you want.
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