Brides put a lot of effort into how they look so here are a few ways you can capture the effort and turn her into a model for the day.
Work Together Before The Wedding
Getting the bride (and groom) to take part in a pre-wedding shoot will get her used to the camera and will give you time to 'train' the bride to look their best. Feeling relaxed and good about herself will make all the difference in the photos on the actual day.
Doing a shoot in normal clothes will help her relax, grow in confidence and understand how it feels to be in front of the lens. It'll also give you chance to build a good relationship, something which is vital for the actual wedding day.
It's important to keep moving your bride (or bride to be) until she looks right and show her how to push her chin down and forward to create a great jawline – no one wants a double chin!
Annabel says: "If you practise this on the pre-wedding shoot, then on the actual day when she is chatting to people, catch her eye and pat your chin from below - and she will know what you mean - and instantly lift her head while talking - resulting in a much more flattering 'candid' shot."
Ask your bride to position herself so she's not straight-on to the camera. Standing slightly sideways on, bringing one leg slightly across the other and getting her to turn her shoulders back to you will result in a much more flattering shot. If you're shooting candids it'll be up to you to position yourself slightly to her side.
Do remember it's about capturing how the bride feels as well as how she looks!
Soft, flattering light is the way to go so when shooting posed shots, look for trees that offer cover and the shade of an arch, for example. Overcast light works well in more open spaces and back-lighting your subject from behind also produce flattering shots.
When working with bright sunlight ask your bride to not look directly at you as this can result in shots that show her squinting. For candid work you'll have to judge the light in the scene and position yourself accordingly. Of course if you've built up a good relationship with your client you can give a little direction to the more candid style shot, asking the bride to switch positions or turn her head a particular way when interacting with guests.
For more tips, take a look at Annabel Williams' website - a techy free zone full of hints and tips for taking better photos and improving your confidence.