Few things are as big a part of many weddings as flowers are. Every marriage will have flowers on the tables, flowers in pots, and flowers just about everywhere else. So, picking your wedding bouquet and ensuring it looks exactly the way you want is also very important. Flowers look good and can also fill a room, hall, or area with a delightful scent.
With these flowers playing an instrumental role in your wedding, you want to ensure you get some good pictures with your bridal bouquet. This will help you never forget your big day and what the bouquet you chose looked like. Unfortunately, while this seems straightforward, this isn’t always the case. With that in mind, this article will go over a few tips for taking the perfect photo with your bridal bouquet.
Get the Right Angle
As with any photo, getting the right angle when taking bouquet photos at your wedding is essential. The camera should be positioned at the right height, and your pose should help highlight not only you and your dress but also your flowers. While taking photos straight-on is fine, try tilting your head or positioning the camera above.
It can take some time to find the right angle, so take your time and experiment with different poses. You will eventually land on one that you love. While you can get some professional pictures taken and some taken by your friends, don’t forget to snap a few selfies. These selfie shots with you and your photos can be more personal and authentic and will be ones you look back on favourably. Of course, find more info about taking a good selfie to ensure they look great.
Choose the Right Bouquet
If you want to take the perfect photo, you need the ideal bouquet. It would be best if you put a lot of time and effort into choosing your wedding bouquet, as it will be in a lot of photos that you look at and cherish for the rest of your life. Think about the type, style, and colours you want in a bouquet.
You may decide to go with flowers that match well with the wedding colours or choose your favourite colours. The choice is ultimately yours, but it couldn’t hurt to ask friends, family, or even a flower expert to see what they think.
Also, take time to think about how the bouquet will look with your dress, with your background, with the tattoos you may have, and everything like that. The perfect bouquet for one bride and wedding could be vastly different from another, so take your time to decide.
While fresh flowers are the most popular to use, they aren’t the only option for your wedding bouquet. You can go with wildflowers, fake flowers, dried flowers, or other greenery. There are no limits on how you should design your bouquet.
Get Everything Important in Frame
You want to capture everything about yourself on that day in your wedding photos, including things like your wedding dress and accessories. As a result, you want to ensure you get everything in the frame. You want to provide everything from your clothing, hair, and flowers can all be seen front and center. You put a lot of work and thought into making sure you look great, and it is normal to want to show it off.
Experiment with different photo distances and angles to ensure everything can be seen without the photo being taken too far away. Also, get the bulk of the flowers in the shot by slightly angling the bouquet towards the camera, so the bouquet appears fuller. This can ensure it looks great, and the flowers are a significant part of the photo.
Choose the Right Lighting
Like choosing the right pose, getting the proper lighting for your photos (wedding or otherwise) is very important. The type of lighting used in images can drastically change how they look and how different colours look. Some light will make you look even better than you already do, while other types of lighting can hurt a photo.
Natural light is perhaps the best, and few things look bad in natural light. It is soft, without hindering how colours look or being too dark. It also makes skin look smooth, flattering for any skin tone, and easy to work with. So if you have the option to take your bouquet photos in natural light (preferably when the sun is a little low), it’s often a good idea.
If you don’t have access to natural light for one reason or another, go for soft artificial lighting. It should be enough to illuminate you, but not too much that it blinds you and washes out your face. In addition to trying out different kinds of lighting, it is also a good idea to …
Get the “Good Side” of the Bouquet
That’s right, and bouquets will generally have a good and a wrong side. One side will often have more expensive and full flowers, while the other might be lacking a little. Rotate the flower so that the better side faces the camera, with the other side being hidden.
Also, how the flowers are organized or set may look better on one side than the other. Of course, consider taking a couple of photos of the other side, too. You never know. You might like it better even though it may not look as elegant.
Hold the Bouquet Correctly
While the way you hold a bouquet might not seem important, it can significantly impact how they look in photos. Always take time to learn how to hold a bouquet correctly. It can be different from bouquet to the bouquet, but you generally want to hold the bouquet around the middle of your waist. Not too high that it blocks out your dress, and not too low that it is hardly visible in photos.
It should be close to your body, with the blooms facing the photographer, to ensure the bouquet is shown off as beautifully as possible. Even when walking (such as down the aisle), keep the bouquet low not to cover your face, neckline, or dress. Keep a good grip on the flowers, too, as you don’t want to drop your bouquet and ruin it accidentally.
Care for the Flowers
If you decide to go with fresh flowers for your bouquet, it is essential to care for the flowers during the day throughout the celebrations. When they are not in use for being in pictures or being shown off, they should be kept in water to keep them as healthy and fresh as possible. Of course, because these flowers should be kept in water, make sure you have a towel around to dry them off when you pick them up to ensure no watermarks appear on your dress.
Also, it is a good idea to be wary of extreme temperatures and how they may impact flowers. Flowers can often wilt, die and deteriorate much faster in very hot or freezing weather, so always make an effort to keep them in relatively moderate temperatures. If you have an outdoor wedding in the summer, try to keep the flowers where they can stay calm, and preferably out of the sun.
Keep the Background Simple
While you and your wedding flowers are the show’s stars, you mustn’t forget about the background. The eyes never begin at the background when looking at a photo, but they will almost always look there at least once. If your environment is terrible for one reason or another, it has the potential of ruining.
In particular, you want to avoid a too busy or distracting background. It should be relatively plain and not overly colourful or full of detail. Any clean background that you can find should be taken advantage of. If the background is too busy, it can take away from the quality of the photo and distract from the subject, which is you and the flowers.
A solid wall can make a great background, as can the sky or an empty field. For an even greater focus on the photo’s subject, you can ask photographers to blur the background, too.
In conclusion, with these eight tips, you can ensure that you make the perfect photo possible with your bridal bouquet on your big day. Your flowers are an essential accessory on your wedding day, and you want to ensure you highlight them correctly.
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