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Bridal party of 12 - working with 5 pairs

 
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Jun 29, 2013 18:12 |  #1

Tomorrow I'm shooting a wedding with bridal party of 12 (5 groomsmen, 5 bridesmaids), and although obviously for shots with the party as individuals, achieving symmetry is not a challenge (5 on each side, staggered or formally placed). But for shots for which I am pairing the groomsmen with the bridesmaids, I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions about poses that work well with this number. All shots that I have seen drop one couple behind the B+G--not something that works too well, in my opinion.

Any suggestions or examples of shots taken in this kind of scenario ?



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Jun 29, 2013 20:51 |  #2

I gotta be honest, I don't "pair" the bridal party. 99% of the time, they are not real couples anyways so there is no real need or urgency to pair them up. I just scatter them around. I take absolutely no note as to the official pairings, aside from the BM and MOH. And I don't even pair them either, I just pose them (separately) closer to the couple than the others.

Since you asked for examples...

I basically make no attempts for symmetry whatsoever. Symmetry is very oldschool, and unless the environment is set up perfectly for a symmetrical pose (like shot 5 below), then I don't even think twice about it.

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Even when shooting just the girls or guys, symmetry goes out the window.

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So when you don't care about symmetry, the number of people in the wedding party isn't even a concern anymore. It's worked well for me, as it is no longer taboo to have a lopsided brial party (#1, 2, & 3), or bridesmen or groomsgirls (#1).

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Jun 29, 2013 22:04 |  #3

Ditto to what Lloyd said. Great examples by the way!


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Jun 29, 2013 23:18 |  #4

Thanks very much for the explanation and examples. I'm ready for tomorrow !



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Jul 03, 2013 10:19 |  #5

Nice stuff, Lloyd!


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Jul 05, 2013 12:56 |  #6

The wedding went really well. And despite having about 10 minutes with the massive bridal party (turned out to be 7 dudes, 5 ladies), I did manage to get a few shots in. I'll be back to share a few as soon as I'm done.



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Jul 05, 2013 23:18 |  #7

Looking forward to seeing some pics Christopher.


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Jul 05, 2013 23:33 as a reply to  @ goaliejake22's post |  #8

excellent advice Lloyd and examples.


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Jul 09, 2013 09:08 |  #9

So here are a few examples of bridal party shots from that afternoon. Do note that I did not really have a lot of time with them (10-15 minutes) and so I didn't exactly get to use even half of what I had planned. We never do, do we !?

Ambient was not ideal here. I shot from a bridge but should have swung more to the left to tamp down the highlighting on some of the folks standing near the back--or I should have moved them.

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Thanks, Lloyd :)

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Jul 09, 2013 09:30 |  #10

Awesome pics mate, you did well !!!


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Jul 10, 2013 22:01 |  #11

Wow Lloyd!


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Jul 14, 2013 20:56 |  #12

snakeman55 wrote in post #16109606 (external link)
Wow Lloyd!

what he said.

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Sep 02, 2013 08:03 |  #13

oh! I think I like these photos! great :)


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