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| p.2 #5 · p.2 #5 · How would you react if Bride says she doesn't like her bridal photos? |
I agree with Mirrorrim that bridal portraits are about the dress, and of course we have to do whatever we can to make the bride look her best. The good news is that this bride already looks good.
There are only two images (8103 and 8090) that show the entire dress, with 8103 being the strongest image of the entire set IMO. One question though....what is the bright diagonal line in the upper right-hand corner?
The exposure, focus, DOF and skin tone in nearly every image is spot-on, and the location is tailor made for some great images.
There's a saying that goes "if there's two of them, make them different". Take a look at the hands & arms in 8049, 8048, 8189, 8129, 8118 and you'll see that her left & right arms are mirror images of each other.
Images where a bride is laughing (e.g. 8048) is fun, but it's unlikely that you'll ever sell one as a bridal portrait.
7901 - Amputated right hand. This also might (?) have looked better with short lighting.
7996 - Perhaps shoot this wider, and take another shot with her looking at the camera.
8090 - Generally speaking, I'm not a fan of images where the female's hips and shoulders are facing directly into the camera. Even if you're okay from that perspective, the pose looks forced. Posing can be challenging because it's new to most of the people we work with. When step-by-step verbal instructions don't work, it can help to have them actively move into a pose. 8103 demonstrates this latter technique rather well.
8118 - The angle and choice of lens (?) makes her head look abnormally big. We can see the back of her hand, and her left shoulder looks awkward because it's pushed forward.
8129 - The backs of both hands are showing, and her head looks abnormally large. Her hips and tummy look bigger than they actually are due to the pose, the angle, and the way the dress is made. This image probably would have looked better with short lighting.
8189 - This shot shows the beneficial effect of short lighting. It unfortunately fails to capture the entire dress, plus she looks bored, as if she's waiting for instructions. Part of her left arm and a great deal of her dress and veil are blown out. Maybe that was the intent, but it fails to highlight the dress.
Head shots, and even head & shoulder shots, don't usually go over well for bridal portraits. Others may have different experiences, but every bridal portrait that I've sold was a full-length image.
My $.02. YMMV.