Destination Bridal Portraits in Punta Cana
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Destination Bridal Portraits in Punta Cana

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.

How to Avoid Blah DC Destination Bridal Portraits

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:

  • Make sure you have enough time. We have said it many times elsewhere on this website, and we will say it again. Your wedding-day schedule is almost certainly going to be packed full! There will be so much you want to do, and only so many hours in the day. Even if you manage to program in some downtime, you might find that that gets eaten into quickly. There are a lot of moving pieces on a wedding day, and things frequently take longer than anticipated. This is particularly true during the getting-ready portion. Makeup and hair seems to always need more time than you would think. And that means that you are likely to be rushing out the door to not be late for your wedding ceremony.

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.

  • Send your bridesmaids away… In the same vein, you will want to minimize any other distractions that pull you out of the moment. And that starts with your bridesmaids! Yes, they are your sisters, might-as-well-be-sisters, best friends and cousins. The interactions that you have with them on your wedding day will be priceless memories. (Ones that we will capture on film for you, of course!) But when you are trying to pose for your portraiture, having them around is not so ideal. You need to be focused on you, not them or what they want at that moment. Even if they are being sweet, oohing and aahing at how beautiful you look, your portraits will suffer. So maybe think about sending them down to the limo a few minutes before you. Then you can be fully engaged in your bridal portraits.
  • ...Or head outside. If getting your bridesmaids out of the bridal suite for a few minutes is not possible, then maybe you can head out early. Again, one of the keys to great bridal portraits is minimizing distractions. (Sensing a theme here?) Think of it like the difference between working from home and going to the office. The former is nice, do not get us wrong! But if you are like us, sometimes it can be hard to get a lot done at home. The temptation to watch TV, do housework or play with your pets is just too strong. Sometimes heading to the office gives you the separation you need to focus on work and be more productive. Similarly, to avoid getting distracted while posing for your bridal portraits, you might need to get away from things that take your mind off what you are supposed to be doing.

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!

  • Resist the temptation to look at the camera. Before we talk about this, let us start with a quick caveat. Please, please, please do not worry about posing! Please, please, please leave that to us! We are professional DC wedding photographers who have been doing this for a long time. We know how to make you look good and will pose you so that you do. You really do not need to stress about that part of your bridal portraits.

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!

  • Just relax! Our last piece of advice for avoiding blah bridal portraits is to just let go of any worries or concerns that you might have about the process. If you book us as your DC wedding photographers, you will be in good hands. We will make sure to create images of you that you are going to love forever!
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