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Clayton T. Williams
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/16/2006

Photographing the Bride

I am getting ready to shoot my first wedding, and the bride wants shots from before, during, and after the wedding. Well, some of her ideas include pictures of her bridesmaids pulling her dress over and onto her. Does this pose a problem being a male photographer? I know how to crop the shot to make it not revealing and shoot from certain angles, etc. My question is more from the stand point of being in the room while the bride and bridesmaids are dressing.

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1/27/2010 9:56:27 PM

Jani Medlin
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/30/2009
  As a mom whose 2 daughters have put her to the test with those impossible bridal shots ... I do have a few suggestions. You can successfully stage (or re-enact) most of the shots she wants. It's definitely a lenthy process to get the bride's dress on without messing the hair and makeup. And believe me, there are usually plenty of bridesmaids hovering all over her so as not to be too revealing. You can use them as a screen. With a tele lens, it won't be necessary to get close & uncomfortable. If all else fails, ask a camera-savvy bridesmaid (or female friend) to get a few of those uncomfortable shots for you. You'll be great ... good luck!!

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2/15/2010 11:34:56 AM

Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
  If the bride were worried about anything, she wouldn't have brought up the subject. So unless it's actually you who is nervous about it, there shouldn't be a problem. Be at ease. She's probably getting a completely asexual vibe from the situation. Realistically, she'll probably be wearing more material than she would be if she were swimming.

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2/15/2010 12:46:53 PM

Dennis Flanagan
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/31/2005
  You won't be alone with her, so I wouldn't worry about it. Be professional and don't shoot anything that would embarrass her.

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2/15/2010 9:23:54 PM

Clayton T. Williams
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/16/2006
  Thanks, my wife has cleared her schedule and is going to be able to go so she is going to be doing these photos. But this is good to know for the future.

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2/16/2010 2:28:54 AM

Pamela Njemanze
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/3/2005
  Happy shooting. I am photographing my first wedding in August and I am so very nervous about it.

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2/24/2010 8:58:08 PM

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