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Bridesmaids and their Photographs

BridesMaids

Bridesmaids and their Photographs

BridesMaids

Bridesmaids

BridesMaids

Their Photographs

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Some Photographers do not spend enough time on the bridesmaids.

They have just spent the morning getting ready and looking amazing.  Their makeup is spot on, their hair is looking amazing, and they have a lovely uniformity because of their dresses.  This is probably the most exciting group of ladies that are demanding to be photographed.

I usually will do a headshot set before we leave the location where they are getting ready.  I always feel that this a sanctuary and once we leave it it will be game on in terms of the pressures of the day.  Here they are at least somewhat relaxed.

I like to position them in a way that keeps the background lighter than their hair.  I try to place a lamp with a soft warm bulb in it behind them.  This is the ideal, but too many places now use the efficiency bulb which are much cooler in temperature.

Posing is really simple-

  • head is tall to lengthen the body,
  • chin is down and pushed forward to lengthen the neck,
  • head is turned slightly to camera so the nose is made smaller or less pronounced by their cheek,
  • Eyes are either at the camera or down
  • lips are slightly parted for a sultry look
  • and occasionally they can smile:)

I always give them a preview on the back of the camera.  They love this!  And more importantly I have now gained their trust and will totally work with me through the day.

 

 

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Veils and the Bride

Photographing Veils for a Great Picture.

Wedding Veils

Taking pictures of   veils is great fun.  There are so many options and they can all look great.

I remember the first one I did and it was awful.  The room was dark, I had no flash, and the 85 mm 1.2 was focusing so poorly in the low light.

I wanted the brides eyes in focus but at 1.2 all I was getting was the  material and not the eyes.  From an artistic shot, it was cool!  blurry eyes and sharp veil.

Now as a seasoned photographer I have a few tricks up my sleeve that lets me get the shot the way I want.

In the previous scenario, I would have used a fasted focusing lens, opened the app to F 2.3 and thrown more light in to get the focus around the eyes.

But the shot still worked even if technically I sucked!  I tend to spend more time on the veils to get a variety of different looks.  I especially enjoy capturing part of the veil and a body part-  so not the whole face or whole cloth.

So how to get the eyes in focus and the  soft?

Easy, have the bride lift it. lock focus on the eye closest to the camera, let her drop the veil and snap the shot.  As long as you have the focus point locked then you have the eye in focus and the Veil soft.
Makes for a cool shot.

 

 

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