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Tips for Successful Bridal Images | Robert Harrington

By Chris Nachtwey on June 26th 2014

There is nothing better than a great bridal photo! They can wow your clients upon final delivery and it’s great to capture the beauty that is a bride on her wedding day. They are not always easy to capture though. With all the stress that a wedding day can bring, bringing out the emotion and beauty in a bride can be difficult.


Check out the B & H sponsored video below with some great tips for creating beautiful bridal images from Robert Harrington.



Robert does a great job explaining how to get a glamour look in your bridal images. His suggestion to have your bride grab a few fashion magazines for inspiration and to practice posing like those images in her free time is a good one. Meeting with your bride and working with her on posing before the wedding is a great idea, come the wedding day she will be more comfortable and prepared to rock those bridal images. Robert brings up a great tip that we all need to remember: we as photographers can sometimes forget what might be going on in a bride’s head on a wedding day. Weddings can be stressful for not just you as the photographer, but the bride as well, so always engage your subject, be friendly and help to keep the stress level low.

His exposure tip to meter off the dress is a good tip when taking bridal portraits. With an all white dress, meter off the dress, compose your shot and you will have a great exposure that does not clip the highlights on the dress. I have heard this tip before, tried it for myself, and it does tend to yield a nice exposure, especially in mid-day sun.




This a great video for anyone starting out, or anyone who needs a little refresher when it comes to making bridal images. I’m personally always calm and soft-spoken when working with a bride, no matter how crazy things might be or what’s running through my head. This shows a level of confidence and friendliness that can help put her at ease, during what can be a very stressful day. I suggest you do the same. You are a professional and your job is more then just making images, you need to help put your bride at ease and help guide her throughout the day to make sure you make the best images possible.

Via: B and H Youtube Page

Images via screen capture.

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Chris Nachtwey is a full-time wedding and portrait photographer based in Connecticut. He is the founder and creator of 35to220 a website dedicated to showcasing the best film photography in the world. Chris loves to hear from readers, feel free to drop him a line via the contact page on his website! You can see his work here: Chris Nachtwey Photography

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  1. Rafael Steffen

    Thanks for sharing some thoughts on how to improve Bridal Images! I Always enjoy Reading this type of article.

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  2. Sonu Chatha

    Very Good information!! Thank YOU!!

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  3. Jeff Lopez

    I agree that the images aren’t the best, but great information, thanks.

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  4. Kurk Rouse

    I need all the advice I can get when it it comes to bridal /wedding photos

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  5. Ben Perrin

    The images weren’t great but the advice in the video is solid.

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  6. Jared Stewart

    Watched this a couple weeks ago and wasn’t impressed with the quality of images…but then again, he’s making money at this and I’m not, so what do I know?

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  7. Raoni Franco

    I really don´t like the images. Terrible colors and lighting on the first one. The other two are flat, blured and with weird expression on the bride´s face.

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  8. Servando Miramontes

    Why do the bottom two images seem like they have been cropped to all hell?

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  9. Paul Faecks

    Nice images!

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