Bridal photoshoots are a very common addition to every wedding photographer’s portfolio. This can be because the bride-to-be is always on a shopping spree for the perfect gown, accessories and other wedding essentials, and bridesmaids (and even parents-to-be) are also required to undergo a photo shoot.
A bridal photoshoot is a photoshoot that takes place before the wedding, usually around a week before the wedding. This is where you all get together and put on your wedding clothes, and have photography taken of you in your natural bridal style. The bride-to-be might also give her favorite bridesmaids (and her parents-to-be if they are present) a call to the event and tell them to come along with their best girlfriends and family members to help them celebrate the wedding. This way, they can get into the groove of doing what is expected of them.
There are two basic types of bridal photoshoot: the bride-to-be’s favorite outfit, and the bridesmaids’ favorite outfit. In the former case, the photographer might be asked to take photos from the wedding gown itself, and then take photos of the bride-to-be, her parents and bridesmaids as they come out of the wedding hall. The photographers might also be asked to take pictures from the bridal car during the drive to the venue, or of the bride, her parents and bridesmaids as they sit in the car as they make their way back to the wedding venue after the reception. All these shots will be taken at the perfect angles for the final product, which will be a nice complement to the bride’s gown.
In the second type of bridal photoshoot, the bridesmaids may get dressed in their favorite outfits. In order to achieve this effect, it would be good for the photographer to take photos from different angles, so that the bride’s best features (her face and hands for example) are shown, making her look beautiful in her wedding ensemble.
In many weddings, the bride’s bouquet and flowers are placed just right in front of the bride-to-be on the day of the ceremony, so that they all look great together and the photographers do not have to worry about their exposure. Even if the bridesmaids wear long bridal dresses, they can still have their bouquets and flowers positioned in strategic areas of the wedding venue, so that the wedding photographer does not have to deal with taking photos each time a bouquet or flower is blown in front of the bride.
Bridesmaids are not the only ones who can get photographed in their wedding gowns. The bridesmaids’ fathers and mothers can also be called upon to come out of the wedding hall on the wedding day and take photos.
Photographers get lots of practice in preparing the venue before a wedding; some photographers even have a pre-ceremony service. This means that photographers prepare the area, and place chairs and tables, and make arrangements for the wedding party’s seating, to give the bride and groom the chance to relax and talk in an ambience of privacy before the big day. Sometimes, photographers even get a photographer-instructor to come out of the wedding venue and join the bride-to-be and her groom for a photo shoot so they can get to know each other a bit more.
Bride-to-be’s gowns are sometimes used as props on the wedding day, too. For example, bridesmaids who wear evening gowns can get photographed wearing their wedding dresses, and having their hair tied back or tied up, for the ceremony. They can then wear their wedding dresses again on the wedding day, when they walk down the aisle and the photographer takes their picture.