Bridal portraits sometimes referred to as romantics are the photos that we take of the bride and groom alone.
This usually takes place right after the ceremony when emotions at their apex and excitement is real. These photos include none other than the bride and groom.
It's best to get away from the bridal party, wedding guests, and family members. This allows us to capture real intimate moments of love and devotion between the newlywed couple.
Bridal portraits are some of the most important images we capture at weddings. These are the photos that show the couple in love, and connecting as one. These are the images that document the beginning of your legacy as husband and wife.
These pics are for you, your future children, and grandchildren. We love to whisk the bride and groom away shortly after the ceremony to a secluded location either at the venue or nearby. An hour alone with every couple would be amazing but realistically that doesn't always happen. So we have learned to photograph quickly and be efficient with our time together.
TIPS TO ACHIEVE GREAT BRIDAL PORTRAITS
Trust your wedding photographer
- Our knowledge and awareness of the time and natural light will determine where we position you for your photos.
- Know your location and the best places to make beautiful pictures. Either we have worked at the location or have scouted it out beforehand to know the best spots for photos.
- Keep the time of day in mind when we photograph couples. We do this so we know where the sun will be and how it will impact your photos.
When you let go and trust your photographer your pictures will be more natural and stunning.
Get away from the group
- At best distractions waste time. They can also ruin moments and make couples anxious.
Allow enough time
- We typically spend 30-60 minutes with the bride and groom after they exchange their vows.
- The more time the better.
- Schedule a time slot for bridal portraits in your timeline as it's own event
- Make sure you have allotted the time needed to take your bridal portraits.
- Let your wedding coordinator know these images are important to you.
- Incorporate the bridal portrait session as an event on your wedding timeline .
Get to know your photographer
- Do this before the wedding day.
- Have your photographer take your engagement photos.
- Tell them your likes and dislikes.
- Plan your time line before your wedding day.
We always recommend an engagement session, it is insightful to see your personalities, chemistry and comfort level in front of my camera. You will get to see how we work first hand. When your wedding day comes around you will feel like we are part of the family not just a vendor. This always helps me create pictures for you that show personality and connection.
Pinterest and the internet
- Don't have your photographer try to reenact Pinterest photos
- Having a disjointed Pinterest photo list can be unrealistic & counter productive.
- If you would like to share some inspirational images you have found I am happy to discuss this with you before your wedding day.
Re-creating a disjointed set of images found on Pinterest is unrealistic on a wedding day. Most likely the photos you want to recreate have been taken under completely different lighting, location, timing circumstances.
Don't worry. We will be creating your own unique Pinterest worthy photos.
RELAX AND HAVE FUN!
Remember why you hired a professional wedding photographer
- Our knowledge and awareness of the time and natural light will determine where we positions you for your photos
- We know the location and the best places to take beautiful pictures
- We always keep the time of day and location in mind when we photograph couples
Quick tips to achieve great bridal portraits
- Relax and have fun (trust your photographer)
- When you are truly taking in the moment it shines through your photos
- Let the photographer flow
- Don't micro manage the artist
- You just got married! Be in the moment!
Last photo of the day
- Discuss this with your photographer before the wedding day.
- Do you want an exit photo with a prop?
- Getting into Vintage Car
- Farewell send off
If this shot is important to you then have a discussion with your photographer before your wedding day and put a plan together. For example if you want all your guests to hold sparklers as you exit the ballroom let us know so we can prepare and set up for the exit shot.