I’ve been going on several bridal shoots lately and one thing I’m learning is how difficult it can be. Why? Because brides are in a big poofy dress, tromping around a bayou or garden in the hot Southern heat. And smiling a REAL smile, and following your photogs lead doesn’t always come naturally.
I’ve learned a secret to achieving that grace and ease we’d all like to show in our bridals: Watch an Audrey Hepburn movie marathon. I did this a few years back and I began to subconciously emulate her graceful mannerisms. Audrey may have been my role model in this area but you may love a bubbly Meg Ryan in “When Harry Met Sally” or strong Angelina Jolie in every-movie-she-makes. If you want to hold a certain air, you have to know what it looks like.
And here are a few more helpful tips for taking your bridals:
– bring a sheet to sit on or put under your dress to keep it from getting dirty
– bring bottle of water and fan to keep cool (I’ve noticed that the reflectors that photographers use is also a great fanning tool).
– bring a fun prop to pose with – for many South La. girls, it’s become a tradition to take a picture with something related to the husband’s groom’s cake, which is usually a favorite hobby and include on the groom’s cake table.
– bring oil blotters to keep sweat away and makeup on!
– hairspray, bobby pins and lipgloss – the natural elements can be ruthless on your hair. Bring backup supplies so you can fix!
Any other tips y’all would recommend for girl’s getting ready to shoot bridals??