As a wedding photographer, I absolutely love bridal portrait sessions. Not only are they tons of fun but there is just something about being able to witness the bride see herself as a bride for the very first time, complete with hair, makeup, bouquet and the lot. If you are in the process of planning your wedding timeline, you definitely need to schedule a bridal portrait session. It will allow you to get comfortable in front of the camera, sans your groom and bridesmaids, and also provide the perfect opportunity to create stunning images of you in your wedding gown. If you are camera-shy, you may, however, find that classic bridal portraits can be slightly overwhelming to pose for because you are all alone. Where do you look? How do you smile? What do you do with your hands? But worry not, because I have made a list of a few simple tips that will help you nail the session. Here they are:
1. Make sure you get your beauty sleep
One of the best things you can do to prepare for your bridal portraits is to get a good night’s sleep. When you are well-rested, you look and feel your best. So, finish taking care of all your wedding details the day before. This will help you stay calm and relaxed as you get ready for your portrait session as well as your wedding, and that will translate to beautiful photographs of you as a happy, jubilant bride.
2. Schedule sufficient time for your bridal portraits
The last thing you would want to do on your wedding day is to scramble to get your bridal portraits. This is why it is crucial that you schedule enough time for it. You may be surprised to know just how long it can take for you to dress up and sit for photographs on your big day. Also, make sure you have your wedding dress, jewelry, shoes and all other accessories in the same place so that your photographer can document them before you get ready.
3. Keep it simple
Remember that bridal portraits are about you, the bride. And it is best to keep them simple and classic. They should focus on you, your outfit and your personality. You don’t want to overcomplicate the process by moving from one location to another, using props and so on. Simply smile, be in the moment and let your photographer do their magic.
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