I take this set of photos during the Bridal preparations; they’re some of the first photos I take of the wedding day. This helps people get used to me floating around the room with a camera and the details (shoes, dress, jewellery, etc…) are all assembled ready to be worn once the Bride’s hair and make up is complete. I want to capture all these objects, as flowers will wilt and the shoes and dress may sit in a wardrobe for years, so they’re preserved in the photographs even when the objects are older.
I tend to do this either on a white bed spread or a wooden surface, depending on the colour of the items, but I do like consistency when the photographs are taken. Dark coloured surfaces can work too, or even just a neutral texture like a stone floor or marble surface can also work quite well. Using some bounce flash, and a bit of window light, I want to make all the photos look like were taken in a studio; not amongst the (sometimes rather chaotic) Bridal preparations.
Here’s a full list of the things I usually photograph:
- Wedding Dress
- Bride’s shoes
- Bride’s Bouquet
- Bridesmaid bouquet
- Flower girl accessory (usually mini bouquet, single flower or petal basket)
Don’t forget the picture of the wedding dress of course! Any other important details, such as gifts, confetti, dressing gowns and hair accessories are also worth photographing.