Updated: Feb 21, 2020
You and your girls finally get a day where you are all hanging out together, having fun and looking fabulous. There is only one thing that could make it better…capturing those moments with your photographer. There are plenty of photos you have probably considered taking on your wedding day. From getting ready, the ceremony, to pictures with your family and of course with the groom but what about the ladies that are helping you and have helped throughout the entire wedding planning process? While you will take all of the traditional portraits and some fun ones, you may want to consider planning ahead with your girls and creating the opportunity to get a few other “must have” shots!
1. Showcase The Back of the Dress
The back of a wedding dress is hidden with beautiful details you'll want to capture. You can pose with all of the bridesmaids to show off their dresses as well or have some great close ups of the bridesmaids helping button, zipper or lace up the back of your dress. Don’t worry ladies, the photographer instructs each of you on what your job is!
2. First Look With The Bridesmaids
You have heard about the first look for the bride and groom but what about when the bridal party sees the bride for the first time? The bride's first reveal to her bridal party can result in some emotional and memorable photo opportunities. There is nothing sweeter than your girls gushing over seeing you “wedding ready” for the first time!
3. Having Fun
As you are getting ready everyone's nerves are a little on edge because everyone wants to look their best. There will be moments when you just need to let loose to relax a little and having a little dance party, jumping on the bed or just being silly are moments that can make for great photo opportunities. Did someone say “two-minute dance party”? LOL!
4. Matching Robes or Shirts
Most brides will have getting ready attire for their bridesmaids and you'll want to capture everyone in their cute and thoughtful pre-wedding wear. These also make great before and after shots to share with everyone. We do suggest having your hair and make-up completed before taking this one!
5. Bouquets and Bridesmaids Dresses
Bouquets won't last a lifetime but the pictures you have of them will. The bridesmaids and bride bouquet shot is one that you will want to have. There are many ways you can showcase the bouquets as well as the bridesmaid's dresses. From lining everyone up and holding their bouquets out to the camera, using the bouquets to make the first letter of the Bride’s new last name, to everyone just hugging in close to the Bride; this is another shot that you can get creative with.
6. The Shoe Shot
You can't forget about the shoes. Wedding shoes are some of the most gorgeous shoes I have ever encountered. It wouldn’t be fair to leave them out. And let’s not forget about those beautiful toes after those pedicures! You'll want to get a group shot that showcases everyone’s shoes and/or toes.
7. Celebrating Shot
You're getting married! There is bound to be a bottle or two of champagne being opened in the bride's honor. Take a minute to pause as you toast away your single life with your bridesmaids for a picture perfect shot. Girls just relaxing, having fun and celebrating this milestone with their bestie!
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