Tips from professional wedding Belgium photographer
Traditionally bridesmaids and groomsmen are young men and women of marital age, usually close friends or brothers and sisters of the bride and groom. They are dressed in the same outfits, same colors of the wedding theme. Often the bridesmaids’ bouquets of flowers are more modest than the bride’s one.
Let me just warn you – some of the advice in this article may sound cynical. Right now I will talk not as a family member but as the photographer. Of course, you can decide whether to take my advice of not.
I understand that both couples are different from each other. For some, getting perfect photos is really important and they prepare themselves in advance before the photo shoot. My article should be the first place is for them to start.
Bridesmaids I also understand and accept the fact that some couples prefer videos instead of photos. A good atmosphere and being around family and close friends are more important. Photos are of secondary importance to them. Some may not be willing to change anything during the event in order to get beautiful pictures.
The best option will be for the groomsmen and bridesmaids to be in the same color of the wedding.
The identical clothes become an intensive color cloud, which will accentuate the idea of the main wedding décor in order to create a spectacular and solemn atmosphere.
1) Same cloth material, same color and same model of dress for the bridesmaids. This option looks great in photo shoots.
2). Dresses — transformers – The same material and the same color of each dress draped and tied are several options. So, we obtain a different style of dresses. These dresses are easy to buy in the stores or order online.
3) Same color, different styles of dresses. Quite expensive and time-consuming option. Preferably, same style for all dresses.
4) «Ombre» – different style dresses one color. Color flows smoothly from one to another: for example, from pink to purple or from beige to pistachio to dark green. This option requires a good taste and time. Do not try to pick up this kind of collection on your own without consulting a professional stylist and decorator.
Outfits must match the color palette of the wedding. The color and style of the bridesmaids’ dresses and the bride herself must be different for a contrast. The bride’s dress and accessories (belt, bouquet, and dress) must be impressive and match with the color of the bridesmaids’ dresses.It’s not necessary to buy expensive clothes. In the frame, even ordinary dress will look interesting if they are matched to the bridesmaids’ and groomsmen figure.
What will look bad on the pictures:
The most difficult and slippery moment. Now I will sound cynic. Sensitive people, as well pregnant women can skip this paragraph. How many guests can be bridesmaids or groomsmen have? From a photographer’s point of view it must be the same number of men and women and about the same age and height. An optimal amount for good pictures must be 6-8 people plus the couple.
A large amount of guests are usually very difficult to manage like for example a group photo shoot. Usually the guests start chatting with each other and being distracted which have a big influence and loss of time in order to get successful angles for pictures. Also a different number of men and women limit the photographer in creating interesting setting frame.
WHAT NOT TO DO: