All professional photographers agree that one of the most challenging types of work in their profession is to take wedding photographs. The conditions are quite difficult and you need a lot of hard work and planning even before you get to the actual part where you take photos.
First of all, there are hundreds of people around you, there is a whole timeline of how the event will take place, there are decorations, bad lighting, strict church rules, wedding planners, the bride and the groom, the family of the wedding couple and so on. All of these things affect a wedding photographer and his work.
Besides having to deal with all of these things, you also need to be composed enough to take great pictures that you and your clients will be satisfied with. This is why I have gathered some tips from professional wedding photographers on how to take beautiful photographs of the bride.
1. Take some photos of the bride getting ready
It’s very important to capture the moments when the bride is alone, as the groom and other family members would want to see how she was preparing for her magical moment. However, it would be difficult to capture the event with a gathering around the bride. So, to capture the moment as it is, you need to ensure that only you and just one more helping hand for the bride should be there.
This means that you should be as discreet as possible and non-intrusive, given the fact that this is an important, private moment for her. At some point, you will be asked to leave and then come back when the bride is dressed, so make sure to capture all other important details like getting her hair or makeup done.
2. Capture the moments she will only have on this day
There is nothing better than capturing her candid moments if you want to make your images natural. Most of the wedding couples will be goofy, funny and laugh a lot when you are photographing them during their wedding day. You should always be on the lookout for those moments and capture as many of them as you can.
While preparing to take shots of other things you know are going to happen, make sure that you have your camera ready to capture those random natural moments as well. Some of the best photographs professionals have taken were actually those sudden natural shots of the bride smiling when she looks at her groom or when she is standing in front of the aisle.
3. Tell her to show you what she likes
If you have other photos of previous weddings you’ve done or you’ve taken some test shots, show those you think are good to the bride and see what she tells you. Not only will you be able to get closer to the bride and show her that you care about her opinion, but you will also learn more about what kind of photos she likes and how she wants to look in them.
You could also tell the bride to give you some examples of images she thinks look good. This will also help you prepare in advance and get the necessary equipment you need. There will often be a few minor things that need to be cleaned up, and there are also people who like creative photos that require a bit of editing, so you should always have professional video editing services to rely on in case their services are needed.
As a conclusion, the important thing to remember is to talk with your clients before the big day. Make sure that you understand their expectations and that you explain what their options are, so that you can find a middle ground where both the sides will be happy with the results.