How to shoot: Bride Portraits & Posing Interior
So our bride is done with hair and makeup. She has her bouquet and before we go outside to do some portraits of just her, I actually like finding a really nice open window with some soft light that we can do some very quick portraits with. So we're gonna run through some quick poses here with and without the bouquet and we'll also use the 24 to 70 then we'll switch to that portrait lens with the 85 millimeter. So let's go ahead and start. I'm going to go ahead and expose for the light that's coming in on her face versus what you're seeing through the video camera. The white light is blown out quite a bit, but we're doing that. So you can see me right now in the photographs we wanna expose for the light that's just on her face and we're gonna let the shadows fall off in the darkness on the right side. So let's go ahead and uh walk her through some poses. Hi Danielle. So go ahead and face me like you're doing right now. Just move your bouquet down just a little bit. Yeah, that's good. An...
d just looking right at me shoulders back. Very good and beautiful. That's looking awesome. Now, if you could look outside for me. Awesome. That is great. Now bring your left shoulder towards me quite a bit. Keep coming. Perfect. Yeah, and looking right at me. Beautiful. Look down at your bouquet for me. Awesome big smiles, cheesy, big smiles. There it is awkward. Cheesy smiles. Cool. Now look outside for me real quick. Beautiful, cool and then look over in that like far, far left. Yeah, perfect and tilt your head down just a little bit sad dude. Beautiful, cool. All right. So you can see that. I'm running her through a bunch of different poses by moving her face around from left to right. We're letting the light fall off into shadows over there. We're also trying to be a little bit more playful and have her smile and have a natural laugh and that's when you want to be clicking away. You can see with these photos that they look a lot more natural when she's just laughing and smiling. Another good trick is to have her look down at the bouquet and then have her look up. It kind of refreshes uh the mood and it gives her a little bit of a break from looking right into the camera, which can sometimes be awkward. Something to remember about shooting brides is that they are not models, most brides and grooms and people that you're shooting for weddings are not gonna be used to being in front of cameras. So the more you can do to make them feel comfortable, the more you can do to make them feel like your friend, it, the better it will come across in the photos. So we're gonna take away the bouquet and we're gonna do some stuff. Son's bouquet. See you were hiding behind the bouquet, huh? Ok. Well, let's have you um let's go ahead and have you just put your hands together like this. Yeah, and you can kind of lean if you want feel comfortable leaning us. Yeah, see that's good. So like we did with the groom, tell her to lean a little bit and she just gets comfortable naturally on her own. She feels good about it. So go ahead and start by looking down at your feet for me. Beautiful and then just with your eyes, look up at me beautiful. Now look outside. Awesome. OK. And then if you could smile. Yeah. Yeah, big smile like the cheesiest smile you've ever done. There you go. Cool. Uh OK. And then let's go ahead and um I'm gonna change lenses and we'll see how that makes a difference between the 24 to 70 the 85. I've switched to the 85 millimeter the portrait lens and I've given her back her bouquet. We're gonna run through a couple of the same poses. I wanna show you the difference between using a midrange zoom lens and a prime portrait lens. So Danielle, if you could uh how did we start before? You're just looking right at me. Square it off. Yeah, perfect and awesome. That's beautiful. And you can look down for me, just move the bouquet down just a little bit. Yeah, that's good. Just Ted big cheesy smile, nice smile. But look down at your bouquet for me. Yeah, that's awesome. And if you look outside, beautiful. Awesome. And then look back into the room for me. Cool. I'm gonna step way back and look down at the bouquet for me one more time. Good pose, good hip placement and then look outside for me again. Beautiful. Awesome. So let's see right off the bat. These photos are much more intimate, they're much more close. You can see how the focus falls off right away and then when we wanna move, we have to physically move, we have to get up and walk backwards. Look at this beautiful pose. This is her looking down, smiling, quick snaps with the fall off and the focus here. I'm gonna show you this one. This is a pretty good photo. Oh my God. Send it to my mom and you can see how the prime just adds a little bit more depth to it, right. It has a lot of fall off and focus. Not very much as, as sharp. And you can see when we step back here, we're getting a little bit more full body. Um Yeah, looks really good. So let's take her outside and we'll do some outside portraits uh very quick, get some more detail shots before we go, do our first look with our groom.