After years of having a stable romantic relationship with your fiancé, both of you are now ready to move to the next chapter of your lives which is marriage. You’ve done all the necessary preparations before tying the knot, expect for one thing: taking photos of your wedding dress. After all, you’ll want to capture glorious shots of your thousand-dollar wedding dress that you can show to your children years later. You might wonder though how you can take an amazing photo of your wedding dress that’s one of a kind. To help you accomplish that, here are some wedding dress picture-taking tips for you to take note:
1. Get your bridesmaids to join you in your bridal portrait.
Even if you can wear your wedding dress all by yourself, you’ll eventually have to ask for help from your bridesmaids in either buttoning or zipping its back shut, as well as helping you wear any accessories to complement the said attire. As you’ll want your wedding dress photos to be more than mere still life images of the garment in question, you should take pictures of your bridesmaids helping you with it.
2. Pull your soon-to-be husband into your prenuptial photo shoot while you’re wearing your wedding dress.
For years, it has been a long-held tradition that the groom mustn’t see the bride wearing her wedding dress until the very day of their wedding itself. However, that said tradition is slowly becoming a relic of the past as more and more couples are starting to take pre-nuptial photos together with the bride wearing her wedding dress.
Compared to traditional bridal portrait shots, photos of you and your fiancé together while wearing your respective wedding outfits are a great way to capture the undying love that both of you hold towards each other now and for the rest of your lives.
Taking pre-nuptial photos of you in your wedding dress is also a surefire way of recording your fiancé’s astonished look on his face after seeing you wearing the dress for the first time.
3. When in doubt, opt to take a classic portrait-style photo of yourself wearing your wedding dress.
If any of the two wedding dress picture-taking options above aren’t your thing at all, you could choose the tried and tested solo bridal portrait instead. Here are a couple of things to take note when staging photoshoots by yourself while wearing your wedding dress:
Your chosen setting that would serve as a backdrop for your bridal portrait should be both pretty and uncluttered. Make sure you get a shot of you showing off your dress. Have a little fun. Drop the bouquet and place your hands on your hips to show off you and your dress. You should also make use of natural sunlight as much as possible instead of resorting to indoor studio shots. The ideal time for taking photos of yourself wearing your wedding dress is around sunset. If you only have daytime light to take photos get a few taken inside, as daytime light will wash out all of the detail of your dress.
The wedding dress as everyone knows it may have first appeared centuries after the establishment of marriage itself, but there’s no denying that the significance that the dress holds as an embodiment of elegance and perfection still rings true to this day. Thus, you should take an amazing photo of your wedding dress with the above-listed tips in mind. However, if you feel that any self-photography skills you may have aren’t good enough to capture the beauty of the dress, you’ll want to hire a professional photographer like 312elements.com to shoot professionally staged pictures of yourself wearing it instead. Good luck!
Michael Schachtis a portrait photographer and photography educator based in Chicago Illinois. As owner/operator of 312 Elements Headshot Photography located in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood, Michael overseas the day to day operations and has had the opportunity to photograph thousands of corporate professionals over the last decade. Through his direction, attention to detail, and people skills, he’s helped these clients to craft a narrative around their personal brand. It’s his belief that the headshot is the modern dad business card and that a better headshot is essential for a better career. Michael, his wife Meghan and his two daughters reside in Tinley Park Illinois where he is a community leader and active participant in the local business sector. Michael studied business at Ball State university and photography with world renown headshot photographer, Peter Hurley. It was Hurley that trained Michael in the art of human expression. Michael is now a Headshot Crew certified Mentor and active member of the Headshot Crew community where he was named one of the top 20 headshot photographers in the world.