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Posing the Bridal Party
5 Tips for Successfully Photographing the Bridal Party

I’m blogging this morning from the Valley of the Sun. I’ve been in Scottsdale, Arizona since Sunday morning attending Showit United with a few hundred incredible photographers and creatives from all over the country. It’s hard to believe it’s wrapping up so quickly! The week flew by, as usual!! On Sunday afternoon I led a styled shoot all about posing bridal parties, one of the most stressful but also most fun and creative parts of the wedding day. Along with a few candid shots I captured of my group working with the girls, here are my top 5 tips for successfully capturing the bridal party.

  1. Get control of the bridal party by developing a report with the group using their names and communicating with them what to expect up front.
  2. Pay attention to posture, hands, and the point of contact. Eliminate distractions in your shot for a clean look.
  3. Pose the eyes first, then give them an action to create movement within the pose for a dynamic shot.
  4. Break the symmetry. For example, bouquets shouldn’t be in a straight line across. Vary the heights of the bouquets to create visual interest.
  5. Sit. Stand. Lean – This is the formula I use to create a more advanced pose if I have extra time at the end. Build the group from the center out and use the “sit, stand, lean” method to create groups within the group for a next level bridal party shot!

Thank you so much to the ladies at Uptown Bridal in Phoenix who donated the amazing gowns and bridesmaids dresses for our styled shoot. The owners, Tonia and Nicole, were high school classmates of mine in Tempe… what a small world!!

Thanks to all my students on Sunday, I hope I gave you some practical tips and methods to take your bridal party photographs to the next level!

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To see the Donna Morgan Bridal Party Collection I photographed, click here!

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