Post # 1
I’ve got a photography question relating to wedding dresses.
I have been to a few salons that will allow photographs and my mother has taken some iPhone pictures of dresses I liked. Then when I get home and look at the pictures, the dresses look super blah. I know it’s not the same as a professional picture, but that has turned me off of several dresses I thought I liked that had lots of sequins. You can’t tell at all in the pictures.
It’s not just the iPhone pictures either. I have been to some other salons that don’t allow pictures and I’m relying on the pictures of the dresses on the designers’ websites. I’m looking at really blingy dresses, and even in their professional photographs, I do not like the ones I’ve liked in the stores in the pictures. They all just look super blah. That scares me even more, because I assume they are taking the best possible pictures of their dresses.
I want my dress to look great in person, but I really want it to look AMAZING in the pictures too, since that’s the one thing I’ll be keeping forever.
So I guess my questions are what sort of dress details will photograph well? And is it possible to make sparkly dresses look amazing in the pictures?
Post # 3
There will definitely be a difference between a phone pic & a professional pic.
That being said, when shopping around for your photographer – pay attention to the dresses in their photos. Some photographers are more experienced than others and can handle lighting better than others. It’s all about the lighting when bringing out details in dresses.
You shouldn’t ask what dress details will photograph well, your question should be which photographer will capture my dress details the best.
Also keep in mind some modern photography styles really favors the “blown out” dreamy look – while that can be beautiful you will sometimes lose the details of the dress.
As well, always always ask to see a full wedding from start to end from a photographer – Maybe even 2-3. Some times photographers will put their best work on their website portfolio but are not consistent throughout the day.
If you hire the right photographer & make sure they know that let’s say the “sequins” of your dress are super important to you – they will definitely show up in the photos & look fabulous.
I’m a photographer, so I’m speaking from experience – Hope this helps!
Post # 4
@JuneFarmWedding2014: Thanks for the suggestions! We already booked our photographer and she appears to be really amazing. I’m just wondering if there are certain details on dresses that are almost impossible to photograph? Or are you saying that if I’ve got a great photographer will they be able to make whatever I buy look good? And if it’s the latter, then why do some of the professional pictures of dresses on designers’ websites look pretty terrible? I would think they would wapicture best possible pictures, but I may be wrong!
Post # 5
Nothing is impossible to photograph! Just make sure to comunicate with your photographer that a specific detail – or that the deatils in general on your dress are very important to you. So they will pay particular attention to them when shooting.
Note sure why the dresses on designers pics don’t look that great – do you have examples?
Post # 6
Honestly, aterations are KEY. As a photographer, I can’t make an ill fitting dress look good. I can do my best to minimize the bad aspects but at the end of the day, it is what it is. It’s like the saying “a good photographer can make a cheap dress amazing, and a bad photographer can make an expensive dress look like crap”.
A bad (or no) alterations job can take an expensive gown and make it look like crap. I think the biggest thing is to make sure your dress fits and hangs nicely on you. I personally, from a photograhpers perspective, hate strapless dresses. I find that more often than not people do not have them properly fitted. Back fat beware! On top of that, they never seem to sit where they should, created a line or “crease” right under the breasts, and brides spend the whole day pulling their dressup.
Right now I’m loving the trend of the lace dresses with straps and keyhole backs. I hope the style sticks around for a while because it’s so flattering. As a 38D bride, the biggest thing I can stress is find a dress that compliments your body style.