The bride is definitely the shining star on her wedding day. But what about her cheerleaders - the bridesmaids? These lovely lasses are possibly as excited as the bride and, to be honest, sometimes even more! After all, it is their sister’s or bestie’s big day, and they have all the reasons to paint the town red or white or whatever color they want to! In all likelihood, they started planning for the occasion several months in advance - gowns, matching shoes, tiaras, and everything else! And they get their hair and makeup done. They put their best foot forward to look the part and join in the merriment with zeal and aplomb. Surely these pretty ladies - looking stunning and radiant - also deserve the most flattering images as they come together to celebrate the bride. And with all their high spirits and excitement bubbling inside, these women might just appreciate a little help in making them feel and look natural before the camera. Whether your bride’s girlfriends are camera-shy or just jittery because of all the wedding rush, giving them the right cue could help them be comfortable before the camera and make these gorgeous ladies look even more ravishing in the wedding photos. Here’s 3 amazing tricks to get better bridesmaid poses and create unforgettable images of the bride tribe.
BRIDESMAID POSES THAT STAND OUT
Remember that the stellar images that you take of the bridesmaids could also find their way to their social media accounts and get you more eyeballs. And we don’t even need to tell you that some of these bridesmaids might also walk down the aisle soon. So, when you take stunning photos of them, you are also showcasing your work to them as potential future clients. So give it your best shot and make that lasting impression!
1. KEEP IT CANDID
Not every photo has to be serious and formal. Candid shots can also help cement fun memories and let the bridesmaids’ personalities shine through! Have a few laughing shots - even if it started as staged, the laughter will soon become contagious and you’d be able to get some gorgeous shots of the bridesmaids.
It can be as simple as giving the girls a little nudge to help them enjoy the moment so that their smiles reach their eyes naturally. Keeping it candid will also help them relax, and laughter can be a perfect stress reliever. The more relaxed they appear, the more natural-looking their photos will be. This way, you would have your bridesmaids pose without actually posing them.
Quick Tip: Aim for both posed and candid shots to create a balance of the two. Remember to shoot a few candid shots of the bridesmaids talking to one another while they walk from one spot to another. This will preserve the moments of the entire day.
2. BUNCH UP
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Being surrounded by best friends will always bring out the best in a person. Showcasing the bride by surrounding her with her chosen ladies will help you reiterate the fact that she honored them as bridesmaids for a reason. Have them bunch up close together for a tight shot where they are embracing each other. Another trick is to keep the bride in the foreground and the bridesmaids bunched together in the background. This will help highlight the bride, while the bridesmaids can be the all-energized cheerleaders.
You can even have the bridesmaids pose with their flowers near their belly buttons or close to their hip while taking the bridal party images. This will keep the flowers at the same height and at a natural arm length. Also, they would not be too close to the faces of all those lovely ladies. If you want to give out an impression of elongated torsos and encourage a good posture, this could be a great bridesmaid pose to try.
Quick Tip: Focus on the posture of the bridesmaids to ensure there is no slouching. With good posture comes a more natural and more comfortable look. When bridesmaids clutch the bouquet too high, their shoulders can appear hunched, so encourage them to keep the bouquets low. Don’t be afraid to tell them to reposition a bit. They will appreciate you telling them how to pose comfortably.
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3. CAPTURE THE DETAILS
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It is very important to capture the details when photographing the bridesmaids. They put in a lot of time and effort into choosing their dresses, and these photos will give them something to cherish. So, always consider the details, no matter how elaborate or subtle. Do the dresses have lace-up backs? Have the bride and bridesmaids turn around for a detail shot of the back of their dresses. Did they do something fun with the footwear - cowboy boots, flip-flops, skyscraper high heels? Have them hike up their dresses for a shot of those amazing shoes! Make sure to capture those little details that can so easily be forgotten. The bride usually spends a lot of time thinking up each and every aspect of the day. Preserving even the smallest of details would be important and appreciated. Also, these can make for some really interesting and fun bridesmaid poses resulting in impressive images.
Quick Tip: Chances are there could be height differences in the bridesmaids, so, if the group is very different in height, you can place the tallest ones on the outside. This would create visual interest and draw the line of vision inwards, with the focus being on your bride standing at the center.
LET THE GIRL TRIBE HAVE SOME FUN
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As a wedding photographer, you have the power to show the world through your photos just how much fun it is to be a part of the bridesmaid brigade. Your photos will share stories of the bride marrying the love of her life, and how she got to spend that special day with her best friends. Incorporate some fun bridesmaid poses once you have taken the formal photos. Most importantly, let the day happen. Be sure not to stage entire shots to enforce your style. If you spend too much time orchestrating bridesmaid poses, it can look fake or forced. Keep your shot list in mind to make sure you get all of the pictures you need. Then photograph the girls simply being themselves and even in some funny bridesmaid poses. Documenting the wedding celebration will be nothing short of displays of excitement, joy, and unforgettable memories.
Further Read: 35 Must-Have Bridal Party Photos
You can show off these images on your blog! Your blend of candid and orchestrated photos will show your clients and colleagues just how magical your photography is. This will only help your business, making room for more photos of soon-to-be brides and their chosen bridesmaids. Once you are there, we, at ShootDotEdit, can provide professional photo editing services to you so that you don’t have to stress over the post-production workload and can work on building your wedding photography brand. For additional tips on creating stunning images, read our other blogs. To learn more about how we can help you, check out our pricing plans.