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10 Best Bridal portrait Poses To Try Before Your Wedding!

Feb Cortes
Feb Cortes
Photo by Daniel Moises Magulado: https://www.pexels.com/photo/bride-in-white-wedding-gown-7612740/


Getting hitched to your man soon? Congratulations! 

Now, since you’re about to get married, you’ve probably already booked your wedding photoshoot with your husband-to-be. But while we know you’re excited, how about some me-time on your wedding planner? Or more specifically, how about your bridal portrait shoot? 

To help you out, we’ve gone ahead and listed our best bridal portrait poses, along with reasons why you need one and reminders to take note of during the shoot! 

So, let’s get started, and no girls left behind!

Looking over the shoulder is one of our favorite bridal portrait poses.

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When it comes to bridal portrait poses, standing elegant is a classic choice.

What Is A Bridal Portrait, And Why Should You Consider Having One?

Now, let’s get straight to the point! Essentially, a bridal portrait is a pre-wedding photoshoot that’s focused solely on you, the bride! Usually, it takes place a few weeks, months, or days (when’s your big day again?) before the wedding in order to make you feel comfortable in your outfit, all without your actual wedding’s time constraints, nerves… and your husband taking up extra space in the photo. 

“But it’s just another photoshoot…” We hear ya girl! But this one is all about you, and is meant to be the ultimate keepsake with you in the spotlight! But just in case you’re not convinced yet, here’s a few more reasons why you need to have one: 

  • Showcasing the Wedding Attire – For one thing, the bridal portrait is a great opportunity to show off your beautiful wedding gown, along with the veil, shoes, and any other accessories you’re going to wear! Besides, what other way is there to appreciate your wedding attire than by taking beautiful photos of you in them?

  • Timeless Memory and Keepsake – Speaking tradition-wise, the bridal portrait also usually becomes a cherished family heirloom that you can display in your home! Of course, they can also be great keepsakes that can be given to your guests.

  • Building Confidence – Wedding day jitters? We totally get it! Luckily, you can also use your bridal portrait session to boost your confidence and help you feel more comfortable, especially in front of the camera. Think of it as a practice run, letting you get confident with posing and working with your wedding photographer!

  • Flexibility in Settings – Unlike the wedding day, a bridal portrait session offers the flexibility to choose various locations and backdrops. It can be a lush garden, for example, or a historic mansion or your favorite urban spot. Plus, there’s no time constraints!
A bride looking over her shoulder while taking a bridal portrait.

The 10 Best Bridal Portrait Poses

Now that we’ve explored the significance of bridal portraits, let’s dive into the heart of the matter – the poses. While there are countless out there, here are our personal favorite bridal portrait poses to make sure yours stand out:

Classic Elegance Pose

Let’s start this list of top bridal portrait poses with a classic pose: tall, proper, and graceful. Simply stand straight and angle yourself a little to accentuate the beauty of your wedding gown, all without taking away from how gorgeous you look as well! Plus, this also lets the photographer capture the intricate details of the dress, as well as all of the other accessories you’re wearing!

Over-The-Shoulder Glance

Here’s another classic and simple bridal portrait pose: the over the shoulder glance! For this one, simply turn your back on your wedding photographer before slowly glancing back over your shoulder, making for a slightly mysterious expression! Not only is this a captivating pose, but it’s also a great way to showcase the back of the gown or veil.

A bride with her veil flowing in the wind.

Soft Focus Close-Up

For this pose, try to look as natural as possible while the photographer focuses on your face. Extra points if you have a soft and dreamy background to further accentuate the shot, which then enhances your beauty and that sparkle in your eye. After all, our girl’s about to walk down the aisle and say “I do!”

Veil In The Wind

All that veil and no wind to catch it? Not on our watch! For this excellent bridal portrait pose, pose in front of a fan to make your veil flow in the wind, all while your photographer finds the perfect moment to capture! It may be a simple pose, but it’s a classic in our list of bridal portrait poses for a reason, and adds a ton of drama in the photos without asking you to exert much effort. Win-win!

A bride dancing under the sunlight.

Sitting Pretty

Prim and proper. That’s how we’d best describe this pose! Simply sit in an elegant chair or a staircase to showcase your poise and sophistication before the photographer clicks the shutter button. What’s great about this pose is it works really well in highlighting the entire bridal ensemble, including those elegant shoes and any other accessories you’re going to wear! Extra points if a ray of light is hitting you directly, adding more elegance in the shot!

Bouquet Embrace

What’s a list of the best bridal portrait poses without one that showcases the bouquet you spent so long picking? This time, hold the bouquet close to your heart to make a sweet and romantic pose. You can even pose while smelling the flowers, or maybe a practice throw in the air? It all depends on you!

A bride walking her bouquet.

Dancing In The Sunlight

Having your bridal portrait shoot outside? Well then, make sure you take advantage of the natural light to twirl and dance under the sun! Not only will it add a sense of movement to the photos, but it also helps add some candid photos to your wedding album. Plus, who wouldn’t want to dance under the sun while wearing their bridal outfit? We know we don’t!

Macro Makeup Shots

Putting on makeup isn’t easy, especially when you’re preparing for a day as special as your wedding! So, why not take the time to have your photographer snap some “fake-up” shots once your makeup is already done for the day!

This is where a macro lens will come handy, as it will help your photographer get close enough to capture your lashes, eyes, and lips.

Taking closeup make-up shots as part of our favorite bridal portrait poses.

Opening The Curtains

At this point, every bride out there has done the looking-out-the-window pose. And while there’s nothing wrong with that, why not opt for something a little different? This time, stand in front of the window (preferably in a darkened room) and pull back the curtains to shower yourself in a ray of light! Think of the window as your giant lightbox, showcasing your figure and your dress!

The Journey

We know the way towards your wedding has been a long and hectic one, so why not commemorate it with a simple pose. Simply turn your back towards the photographer and slowly walk while picking up your dress. Bonus points if there’s wind to help pick up your gown, and if you shoot in a scenic location!

A bride walking away.

Reminders for a Successful Bridal Portrait Shoot

While the poses are crucial, ensuring a successful bridal portrait session also involves careful planning and consideration! So, here are some reminders to make the experience seamless and enjoyable for everyone involved:

  • Plan Ahead – Schedule the bridal portrait session well in advance to ensure ample time for planning and coordination.

  • Choose the Right Location – Select a location that complements your vision and style. Of course, make sure you consider the season and lighting conditions as well, especially if the shoot is outdoors.
  • Coordinate with the Photographer – Communicate openly with the photographer about your preferences, expectations, and any specific shots you desire! Remember that collaboration is key, and a good photographer (like our team here at Photo Kings!!) will always listen to your needs.
  • Bring Props and Accessories – Consider incorporating meaningful props or accessories that add a personal touch to your poses! This could include family heirlooms, a sentimental piece of jewelry, or a special bouquet.

  • Consider Hair and Makeup – Schedule hair and makeup trials on the same day as the bridal portrait session to ensure you look fresh and camera-ready!
  • Review and Select Images Promptly – Once the session is complete, review the images promptly and work with the photographer to select the final shots. This lets you make any last-minute adjustments! 
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In conclusion, a bridal portrait session is a cherished tradition that adds depth and sentiment to the wedding experience… all while giving you the confidence you’ll need for the big day! So, we hope our list of our favorite bridal portrait poses is helpful in your own shoot! 

But just in case you haven’t found the right photographer yet, why not work with us here at Photo Kings? As seasoned players in the game (and the largest team of photographers in Canada!), we know our way behind the lens, and our experienced photographers are ready to make your bridal portrait dreams come true! 

Of course, all of our services at Photo Kings come at great rates, and come bundled with excellent customer service that will always prioritize your needs. So, contact us today or fill up our quote form so we can start planning your bridal portrait shoot asap!

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