attention throughout the day to posing the bride.
She is the most
important person in your photographs. Before firing
the shutter always check that she is looking her
Bridal car arrives, ask Bride and Father to remain seated, you
should compliment her at this point, it will help
her relax. Take a flash
shot from inside the car then ask Father to step outside the
car and take his daughter's hand asif helping her out of car.
shot of Bride and Father standing outside the car, and then
approaching the church entrance.
A shot of
Bride and Father with Best Maid/Chief Bridesmaid and Best Man
in the church doorway could also be taken.
also take one of the Bride and her Father at the church
entrance. Take a shot of Best Maid/Chief
Bridesmaid attending to the Bride, you should work
quickly at this point.
attention to the stance of the Bride. She should be posed
by asking her to stand at a slight angle to the
The foot nearest to the camera
should be extended forward three or four inches towards the
camera with the knee slightly bent.
Now ask her to transfer her
weight to the foot farthest away from the
should be turned towards the camera and tilted slightly.
Avoid straight limbs, for example arms and
wrists should always suggest a gentle curving,
almost flowing movement.
When you are composing a
full-length portrait of the bride, make sure that you position
the bouquet where you would a fig leaf! When you place the
bouquet in this position the arms will look more
a gentle curvature of the elbows. If you allow the bride
to hold the bouquet higher than this, you cover the detail
in the waistline and body of the dress, and you put harsh
angles into the arms. Not graceful or pleasing to the
The most important single thing
to remember when photographing women at any event is that they
must look graceful.
Also remember to keep the bride
at a slight angle to the camera, never directly face on.
Approximately 30 degrees is flattering. You can get away with
less of an angle with thinner brides.
Elevate her index finger slightly
above the others for a graceful hand and be sure to show the
side or edge of the hand and not the palm or back of the
When photographing the bride and
groom together, or the bride with any male, angle the shoulders
so that the male is wider to the camera than the bride. The
last thing you want to do is make the bride look bigger than
Head tilts are another important
subject when posing
the bride. Your goal is always flatter the subject to the
best of your ability. There are two basic head tilts,
masculine and feminine. Masculine head tilts place the
head leaning down toward the front of the body while
feminine head tilts have the head tilting down over the
shoulder toward the back of the person. Feminine head
tilts look best on thinner
When posing the bride and groom
together, or the bride with any male, angle the shoulders so
that the male is wider to the camera than the bride. The last
thing you want to do is make the bride look bigger than the