Out of the images you shoot during the wedding day, the bride’s dress is one of the most important to capture. Whether there is an emotional story behind it, or there is a unique reason she chose it, this is the dress she wanted to wear and have photographed on her big day.
Sometimes, thinking of new ways to capture the wedding dress can be a challenge, especially after shooting countless dresses for each event. To help you find inspiration, and create images the bride will love, here are 4 tips to quickly shoot the wedding dress.
1. Use an Elegant Hanger
Although the bride will likely have a nice hanger for her dress, bring along your own hanger that will photograph with the dress to match your style. Most of the time, a classic wooden hanger can create a more elegant look for the bride’s dress. Before she gets dressed, change the hanger to capture the dress images.
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Also, if you decide to provide the bride with a gift, have the hanger customized with her name and wedding date. You can also match the hanger to the color of the bride’s accessories so it creates a stylish look for the images.
Tip: Be careful as you change the dress from its original hanger to the elegant hanger, and when you carry it to another location. The bride is counting on you to make her day special, so avoid the dress touching the ground or stepping on it.
2. Capture Unique Shots
After you capture a few safe shots of the bride’s dress, try out a few new angles and ideas. The location of the wedding is part of the story, so find ways to place the dress that highlights where the couple chose to celebrate their special day.
If you are outdoors, find locations that include the environment or interesting architectural features. Try hanging the dress from a tree branch or in front of a unique background and allow it to hang naturally. (If it’s too windy, have your second shooter or assistant help you keep it still without including them in the photo).
While shooting the dress in an interesting location, switch up the angles so you can capture the scenery in the background. When you capture unique shots of the wedding dress, you contribute to the story of the wedding day.
3. Incorporate a Few Other Details
Just as she likely would for a regular occasion, the bride may have other accessories she will wear during the wedding day. These accessories can be earrings, a bracelet, a belt, or a broach. To create unique images for the bride, include these accessories with the dress when possible. If the bride has a necklace, you can place it over the hanger with the dress. If she has a belt, place it on the dress as you hang it. You can also incorporate her shoes into the shot. Hang the dress to the left or right of the image, and on an elevated surface (like an end table), place the shoes to showcase both details. Incorporating details with the dress can create exciting images for the bride, and can remind her of the reasons behind the items she chose for that day.
4. Gain Inspiration from Wedding Blogs
Because you want to deliver unique and dynamic photos to your bride, take the time to look for additional ideas you can use for the dress images. Often times, viewing other wedding photography blogs or magazines can help you see what other photographers are doing with the wedding dress shot. There may be a few ways to shoot the dress that you never thought about before, and viewing these resources can give you the inspiration to take images this way.
When you look at other wedding blogs to see what else you can do, you may inspire yourself to do something completely different. Remember, constantly improving your skills as a photographer can help you grow and continue to create stand out images.
Bonus: Set Standards for the Shoot
Before the wedding day, educate the bride about the getting ready shots. Let her know that before you arrive on the wedding day, the room should be clean. This is where a detailed timeline comes in handy, so the bride knows when you will be there and you can shoot freely without distractions. If you do not prepare your bride before the shoot, you risk having to waste time on things other than shooting creative photos of the wedding dress.
When you capture stunning images from the wedding day, the bride and groom can cherish those for years to come. So you can always shoot for dynamic images before sending them to a wedding photo editing service, download our Pro Photographer Lighting and Posing Guide!