We have all been there…dreading the moment when the bride is ready for portraits. That moment when, strangely, you seem to have no clue how to pose a bride. No matter how many weddings you’ve shot. No matter how many articles you’ve read or workshops you have attended.
Fret not. Unless you’re thinking out-of-the-ordinary pictures, we have a simple 5-step template that can save you from embarrassment. It can be a starting point, a warm up before your brain unfreezes and you’re back in business. Or by itself, this template can be the only thing you need for bridal portraits.
Step 1: The full length shot
Find a background, or choose to go all “dreamy blur”, and get the bride to stand (facing you, sideways, looking over her shoulder, or anything that you deem fit).
Step 2: Three-fourths shot
Take a couple of steps forward or use your lens’ zoom to follow up the full-length with a three-fourths shot. Often, you can use the three-fourths as a diptych along with the full-length portrait.
Step 3: Head and shoulders
This shot is much simpler than a full-length or three-fourths shot. That’s because you don’t have to worry too much about the background.
Step 4: Close crop
A complementary shot to step 3, the close crop can work wonders if you get it right. Plus, if you’re using light to sculpt the bride’s features, you get to go back with some amazing pictures.
Step 5: Sit the bride down
An extension of all of the steps above, the sitting pose can add variety to your standard pictures.