A Tip for Photographing Wedding Veils – Image of the Week #412

Shooting weddings in the recent heatwave was defiantly extra challenging – as if there isn’t enough to contend with this year. Photographers’ groups were all chatter about electric neck fans and rehydration tablets. As if we were going into a survival challenge not floating around a wedding. In fact you can read our tips over in our full Hot Weather Survival Guide.

Despite all of this, we are still seeing photographers posting their best work and taking a lot of job satisfaction from creating beautiful images for their couples despite the conditions.

One of my favourite shots that I saw this week was this beautiful bridal portrait from Lindsey at The Stag and The Doe. It’s a frame that’s packed with a lot of joy. Veils offer so much when it comes to photographing brides, there’s something so intrinsically romantic about them. Women first wore them to ‘hide her away from evil spirits that might thwart her happiness’.

Nowadays they offer a playful element to any bridal ensemble that can look great in the photos. The key to getting them looking their best is to not have any harsh folds of the fabric cutting across the face. Lindsey has resolved this by asking her bride to hold the veil and the hand balances her frame, creating a pleasing triangular composition. It all works together perfectly.

Nikon D750 | Sigma Art 35mm | f/2.2 | 1/4000| ISO 1000

KLNO4C preset

What Lindsey Said…

“This photo was from the second day of the wedding celebrations. The first being a traditional Nigerian engagement with lots of dancing, customs and colourful handmade outfits and headdresses. Myself and Angelica Fraser Photography were trying to find a spot around the grounds that was clean and crisp. The extension was made from light stone that we thought would work well for photographing Sotonye and Alton and help with bouncing natural light.

I love a veil shot so I asked Sotonye if we could take a few snaps with it; I positioned her against the walls and asked her to lift her veil slowly. Alton was standing beside her, making her laugh. It was a running joke that I always wanted to take photos of Sotonye and then do him as an add-on. We did it a couple of times so I would definitely get it but this shot was one of the first.

I tweaked the black slider bar to ensure I didn’t lighten her skin tone and the white slider to lift the veil, dress and background. Lost a bit of detail on the dress but the focus was on the face. There were a few strands of hair beside the veil that I wanted to remove so used the clone tool to do this.”