Bridal party portraits can be stressful, but they don't have to be! I always do my best to make it a fun experience for everyone. Here is how I manage bridal party portraits on wedding days :) Each wedding is different and other poses and combinations definitely always get thrown into the mix as well, but this is my standard routine for each wedding no matter what. I can take all these combinations of photos in roughly 20 minutes, which is a handy skill on a wedding day that is running super behind on schedule. Sometimes we need to scramble and do these in a crazy different order to get them done generally though, this is how it goes:
I almost always start with the guys if my timeline allows for it and I do this for two main reasons:
1: They don't love being photographed and want to get it over with.
2: Drinking happens, especially with the groomsmen. Earlier is just usually better ;)
I start with your classic pose. I usually refer to the Mighty Ducks right about now...
Then I tell them to think GQ and don't smile. Model face, everyone!