by Peggy Farren
Large bridal parties make for really fun photographs but it sure is tough to manage that many people – and in a very limited amount of time!! As the professional photographer, you must quickly pose everyone, get your lighting right and make it fun!
Here are some tips to make the most of the bridal shoot:
We do at least two poses here: everyone looking at the camera and then everyone looking at the bride and groom as they kiss. If you can vary the poses slightly without moving the people much, you can give the client more beautiful photographs. Two speedlights, camera set to background for the blue sky.
We brought our Alien Bee 1600 with the Vagabond battery for this wedding. The lighting was brutal 3 hours before sunset so we needed a LOT of light power! This isn't the greatest pose since there are people hidden in the back. They were having so much fun and got out of control. I was so far back that they couldn't hear me. But this is a cool shot since that is the GROOM jumping that high!
Your assistant can help make sure everyone is posed correctly. It's tough to look at everything at once! One on camera speedlight with no diffuser. On such an overcast day, I could get away with only one light.
7. Ask the bride and groom if they have anything in mind. The following poses were ideas that came from the clients.
9. Network with other wedding photographers in your area and assist often! Watch how they manage the people and situations. I assisted different photographers at least a couple times a year well into my 11th year in business. I worked for free so they loved it. I made new friends who continue to refer business to me, and I learned first hand by watching them.
This was tough to get all the faces. I measured the light and set my camera settings to the back so the attendants way in the back would not be too dark. We used our Alien Bee 1600 light at the lowest power and pulled back quite a bit to light the couple.
Stagger the people and have fun! Two speedlights.
~Peggy Farren has been a wedding and portrait photographer for 16 years. She also runs Southwest Florida's largest photography training center, Understand Photography. This will take you to all three of her websites: www.NaplesPortraits.com
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