Bridal Prep: Still life photos of Bridal details

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I take this set of photos during the Bridal preparations; they’re some of the first photos I take of the wedding day. This helps people get used to me floating around the room with a camera and the details (shoes, dress, jewellery, etc…) are all assembled ready to be worn once the Bride’s hair and make up is complete. I want to capture all these objects, as flowers will wilt and the shoes and dress may sit in a wardrobe for years, so they’re preserved in the photographs even when the objects are older.

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I tend to do this either on a white bed spread or a wooden surface, depending on the colour of the items, but I do like consistency when the photographs are taken. Dark coloured surfaces can work too, or even just a neutral texture like a stone floor or marble surface can also work quite well. Using some bounce flash, and a bit of window light, I want to make all the photos look like were taken in a studio; not amongst the (sometimes rather chaotic) Bridal preparations.

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Here’s a full list of the things I usually photograph:

  • Wedding Dress
  • Bride’s shoes
  • Jewellery
    • Bracelets
    • Earrings
    • Necklaces/Pendants
    • Tiara
    • Rings
  • Flowers
    • Bride’s Bouquet
    • Bridesmaid bouquet
    • Flower girl accessory (usually mini bouquet, single flower or petal basket)
  • Garter

Don’t forget the picture of the wedding dress of course! Any other important details, such as gifts, confetti, dressing gowns and hair accessories are also worth photographing.

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