How to Get Picture-Perfect Candids of Your Bridal Party
We have all seen those stunningly perfect group shots, where everyone looks effortlessly good, and not too posed. These picture perfect candids are a must have. To help get the inside track on how you can make sure you get the perfect shots on your wedding day, Jess Levin of Carats & Cake spoke with a few of the industry's top photographers to get their secrets on how you can get the perfect bridal party candid.
Start At The Beginning
"Anticipation and camaraderie make great imagery for the wedding party. Have the bridesmaids help the bride get ready to create authentic moments from the beginning of the day."
- Ashley Sawtelle, Owner & Principal Photographer, Ashley Sawtelle
Movement Is Key
"Move! Walking allows for everyone to interact with one another without paying attention to the photographer."
—Miki & Sonja Rakicevic, Owners & Photographers, Miki & Sonja Photography
Two Photographers Are Better than One
"Have two photographers! While one photographer is taking the more formal sweeping photo of everyone that your parents may want, the other photographer is shooting from the side, focusing in on those special candid moments between friends. While one photographer is shooting you with the groom and groomsmen, the other can capture the joyful glances of your girlfriends watching you and your man."
—Sheila Griffin, Photographer & Owner, Amaranth Photography
Help a Girl Out
"Brides have a lot more going on that day than they are used to, so if it means more than just a Maid of Honor stepping up to carry that train, clutch or throw, it's all hands on deck time. Share these transitional moments together as a group and enjoy the laughs that come with them!"
—Kent Drake Morien, Owner & Principal Photographer, Kent Drake Photography
Mix Up Your Bridal Party
"Mixing up the group so that ladies are interlaced with the gentleman (instead of the standard ladies on the left/gentlemen on the right) makes conversation a little more natural."
—Rachel Ashcraft, Owner & Photographer, Rachel Red Photography
Focus on Each Other
"Be together! Put away your phones and enjoy each other's company. Enjoy making eye contact and creating intimacy in the group, leaning in towards one another and displaying your affection for one another."
—Elisa Bricker, Owner & Leader Photographer, Elisa Bricker
"Get the guys to have fun by telling jokes or poking fun at one another—this will lighten the mood and garner great reactions from the group."
—Craig Paulson, Owner & Principal Photographer, Craig Paulson Photography
Create the Candid
"Sometimes you have to help create the candid moment. Both movement and laughter are great ways to loosen people up. Even if you set up the shot and have everyone posed, add some laughter or ask the group to talk amongst themselves while the bride looks back at the camera."
—Eric Kelley, Owner & Photographer, Eric Kelley
Don't Forget the Kids!
"Kids are unpredictable and often refuse to listen to anyone, let alone their parents on a wedding day. They always make for the most magical moments."
—Michelle Beller, Owner & Principal Photographer, Michelle Beller Photography
Ease Into It
"Get the traditional more posed shots out of the way first so that everyone loosens up and gets used to the camera. To get people to act natural have someone tell a funny story or share their favorite moment from the rehearsal dinner the night before."
—Gayle Brooker, Owner & Photographer, Gayle Brooker Photography
- In the New "Spencer" Trailer, We Get Our First Glimpse of Kristen Stewart in Princess Diana's Wedding Dress
- This Couple Released Butterflies During Their Secret Garden-Themed Ceremony
- Experts Share Their Favorite Cocktail Hour Games and Activities for Your Wedding Day
- Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Are Coming to New York City This Weekend