August 12, 2015
I begin each wedding day by shooting the bridal details. This is what I consider my “warm up” for the day because it really allows me to get my creative juices flowing. Creating amazing detail shots isn’t always easy and there are definitely times when it is downright challenging, so having ample time to figure out the best way to shoot the bridal details is a must. Here are a few key ingredients needed to create beautiful details shots for my brides on their wedding day:
1. Time. Styling beautiful detail shots takes creativity and creativity takes time. Coming up with creative + beautiful detail shots is not always easy!! I always try to carve out 60-90 minutes for shooting bridal details when I first arrive to the bridal suite, while my second shooter photographs candids of the girls getting their hair + makeup done. By taking my time during this part of the day, I’m able to photograph the bridal details in a variety of ways, ultimately finding “the best” arrangement for each set of details. The more time I’m able to spend styling and shooting details, the more creative I can get. This is a great way to get ready and excited for the rest of the wedding day!
2. Natural Light. This is essential in creating gorgeous bridal detail photos. Finding great natural light for the wedding dress shot is usually the hardest part of the day since I need a large area for that shot – and it’s not always easy when brides are getting ready in a small hotel room! Once I move onto the smaller details, it’s a little easier since I don’t need as much space or light. When I am shooting details, I usually try to find a spot close to a window or glass door and set up a mini studio right there! Beautiful, directional light is a key ingredient to gorgeous detail shots.
3. Styling Elements. I always ask my brides to bring along any scraps or extra fabric/ribbon/flowers that may be useful when shooting details. If they have any cool trays or pieces that help convey the overall feel of their wedding, I encourage them to bring them as well. By incorporating elements that are already incorporated in other parts of the wedding day design, it ensures that the bridal detail shots are cohesive with the rest of the wedding day photos.
4. Personal Florals. It’s always nice to incorporate the bride’s bouquet in the detail photos, so I always ask my brides to make sure that their bouquet will be available when I arrive. Often times, the bride’s bouquet sets the tone for the wedding design, so being able to use it within the detail shots is a great and easy way to make them really cohesive! If possible, I’ll also incorporate the guys’ boutonnieres in the detail shots as well – or at the very least, having my second shooters style the groom’s details as well!
5. Invitation Suite + Other Stationery. I always ask my brides to bring an extra set (or two) of their invitations and other stationery with them for the bridal detail photos. These are always great to incorporate because they really help tell the full story of the day and tie everything together.
Beautiful bridal detail shots take time, creativity, great lighting, and careful planning. By giving your wedding photographer plenty of time and a place to shoot the details with a ton of beautiful natural light, you’re setting yourself up for success! Remember – your getting ready location will play a huge role in the look + feel of your bridal detail photos. For tips on choosing a great getting ready location, read this post!
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