Any destination wedding photographer knows you want epic bridal portraits. We know that you have spent a lot of time and energy on picking the right dress. You have endured endless rounds of trying different choices on. You have suffered through pinching, squeezing and sucking it in while getting into dresses that did not quite fit right. You have felt twinges of indecision and fear that you have not make the right decision. So when you have the dress that is right for you — the one that will leave your spouse-to-be speechless — you want to show it off. You also want pictures of you wearing it that will remind your future self of how beautiful you looked.
Even if you did not go through any of the travails mentioned above (if you are wearing your grandmother’s dress, for example), you still want gorgeous bridal portraits as a memento from one of the most important days of your life. Blah bridal portraits just are not going to cut it! We get that and are here to help you avoid them.
Before you start worrying that you are responsible for making your bridal portraits stunning, pause and take a quick breath. You do not need to do anything! You have enough on your plate attending to all the details of your wedding planning. You will hire a destination DC wedding photographer to take care of your pictures. The best ones will make the process of getting unforgettable bridal portraits of you smooth and easy. That said, there are a few simple things you can do to help ensure that you get the best pictures possible:
Unfortunately, most brides pose for their individual portraits right before heading off to exchange their vows. It makes sense to do it then, though, right? You are not going to want pictures of yourself until you are fully made up and dressed, obviously! But if you are in a rush to get to your ceremony or feeling stressed out, you are not going to be present in the moment when we take your portraits. And that is going to show up in the images!
So what is the solution? Naturally, the best one is to plan in more time during the getting-ready portion of your day. But that is not always a realistic option. Sometimes there just is not more time at your disposal. If that is the case, then we have a different recommendation for you: take a minute. Close your eyes, meditate, breathe a little — do whatever you need to do to relax and center yourself. Forget what you are stressed about for a moment and focus on something that makes you happy. Maybe that you are about to get married? Once you find that spot, you will be ready to have gorgeous portraits taken of you.
The added benefit of stepping outside for your bridal portraits is that you get to vary things up a bit. We can get gorgeous pictures of you posing in your hotel room. A lot of bridal suites have big windows with heavy drapes. Those tend to be perfect for getting nice, soft lighting that makes you look beautiful. (This, by the way, is why you see so many pictures of brides staring out windows.) The problem is that other than that spot, there are generally not a lot of other places for portraits. Another issue is that there is usually a lot of clutter in a hotel room after a half-dozen people have used it to get ready. And that can make for a less-than-ideal background for your portraiture. Stepping outside for a couple of minutes can solve both of these problems, giving you variety and a much cleaner backdrop. The bride shown here did exactly that at her Punta Cana destination wedding. To get away from her bridesmaids and the clutter she and they left in her bridal suite at the Now Larimar Resort in the Dominican Republic, she went out onto the patio for her portraits. We think that this shot more than justifies her choice!
The only thing that we would ask you is to try to avoid looking directly at the camera. (Unless we ask you to, of course!) Do not get us wrong! Portraits of people looking straight ahead and smiling can be lovely. But they can also be a little amateurish. After all, is that not how everyone poses for every informal picture taken by their mom, uncle or best friend? Sure, it can be a very nice picture of you. But it will lack real artistry like what you can see in the picture posted here. So as we are posing you, please try to resist the urge to look at the camera. We promise that you will be glad that you did!
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