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How to get the Perfect Bridal Portrait?


How to get the perfect bridal portrait… Some of the most important photos a wedding photographer is tasked with capturing are portraits of the beautiful bride. Our team at Complete Weddings + Events LOVES photographing every moment of our couple’s BEST DAY EVER. But one of our favorite parts is capturing stunning portraits of our brides. After years of photographing weddings, our skilled team of photographers has learned that there are some simple tips that can ensure the bride is picture-perfect on her big day! We can assure we will get an array of gorgeous pictures of her throughout the day, but here are a few sure-fire ways to get the perfect bridal portrait…

How to get the Perfect Bridal Portrait in Melbourne, FL Wedding?

Show off your personality

It’s one of the happiest days of your life! Therefore you should definitely smile! But having a serious or serene expression can result in incredibly timeless photos for your wedding day. Bridal portraits should play off the bride’s personality. Showcase something that represents who you are. Something that’s your favorite colors, something that represents a favorite hobby, etc.. Also keep in mind that portraits don’t have to be planned or static. Oftentimes the best portraits are the shot taken right after or before you expect it, or when you’re not even paying attention to your photographer.

Be well rested

One of the best ways a bride can prepare for her wedding photos is to be well-rested. No one looks or feels their best if they are tired. Make sure you have all the wedding details taken care of well in advance of the wedding day so that you are not stressed out with last-minute craziness.

Maybe Book a Separate Session Altogether

More brides are scheduling photo sessions apart from the wedding day to ensure lovely portraits. A separate bridal session gives the gift of time. Many brides shooed to do it on the same day as their hair and makeup trial. Scheduling a post-wedding session is also a great option for couples who are unable to get the picturesque photos they envisioned for their big day due to inclement weather. In Florida, the weather is certainly unpredictable, if you are having an outdoor wedding a PLAN B is a must!

Comfort is Key

Make sure you wear a dress you feel comfortable sitting in. Because your photographer will be with you capturing shots all night. You want to look natural in all of your photographs, including the candid ones!

Browse Photo Inspiration

You can find so much inspiration on Instagram these days. It’s always a good idea to have an idea of the style of photos you want. Just keep in mind that while it’s great to get ideas, your photos will ultimately turn out differently due to several factors including location, wardrobe, lighting, and more. Work together with your photographer to come up with a customized approach rather than asking them to replicate poses exactly.

When considering how you want to wear your hair, take into account the location and time of year of your wedding

Loose blowouts are gorgeous, of course, but sometimes, this style does not bode well with heavily wind-blown locations – like beaches. Ensure your hair is secure and photo-ready by considering your venue and wedding season so your style team can be prepared.


Don’t count out the veil! 

We are a  bit obsessed with “veil” photos. There is something truly magical about the way beautiful light hits a bridal veil. If you are wearing a veil on your wedding day, be sure to ask your photographer for the best time of day to take a few veil photos, as it can vary depending on the time of year and the time of your ceremony. Even if you are doing a “first look” and taking all of your portraits before the ceremony, sometimes just five minutes after the ceremony will be enough time to capture those truly incredible bridal portraits.

The most important thing, of course, is just to relax and enjoy this incredible day

If you’re truly having a wonderful time, that is what will come through in your photos! So relax! Remember to take the time to be fully present, and live in the moment! It will be over before you know it. Too often, brides get so caught up in the details that they forget to relax and be fully present on their wedding day. You’ve planned, hired the vendors, and assigned the tasks; now it’s time to relax and truly enjoy the moment. That being said, most brides are self-conscious, and that’s okay. A good photographer will help you feel at ease and capture you in your most natural state. This is also why we recommend if possible doing an engagement session with the same photographer that will be capturing your wedding. This way you have already met and “worked” together.

We hope that this blog on how to get the perfect bridal portrait was helpful! Our team at Complete Weddings + Events Melbourne is always happy to help. Contact us today for any of your wedding planning needs!

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