Thursday, August 9, 2012

Photo Shoot Ideas: In Mommy's Wedding Dress

My husband keeps wondering if I will run out of ideas for photo shoots each week. I think it is more likely that my little one will stop letting me photograph her first. Right now she thinks pictures are so much fun, so I am taking every opportunity I get.

This photo shoot is one I have wanted to do for a long time. I was just waiting for her to be big enough that my wedding dress wouldn't completely fall off of her. For this shoot, I set up inside, next to a big window for the best natural light. I used a white backdrop, dressed up my little one in my dress and snapped some pictures.

In order to shoot inside without flash, you are going to want a slower shutter speed and the largest aperture your lens can muster. The bigger the F-stop, the smaller your aperture is. So you want to shoot closer to F/1.8 instead of F/22. I shot at F/1.8 and 1/80 for these photos. Shooting in the best lit room in your house, and without a direct flash is key to getting good pictures. Be aware the larger your aperture, the smaller your depth of field, basically meaning a smaller area of sharp focus. If you want more detail in the photograph you can bump up your F-stop, but this will also let less light in the camera, so you will have to compensate with something else to get the light you need.
When I was looking for a wedding dress, I couldn't find anything I liked. I went from store to store, never finding something I even felt like trying on. The style at the time was very full and very glittery, neither of which is really me. After weeks of looking, my mom pulled her wedding dress out of the back of her closet. She left it on the back of the couch and told me if I felt like it, I could put it on. I slipped into it, it fit perfectly, and it was exactly what I had wanted without even knowing it. It was old fashioned with long sleeves and lace detailing and it was perfect. I remember telling my husband that I was going to wear my mom's dress and he raised any eyebrow. He wasn't sure a dress from the 70s was going to be at all what I wanted, but when he saw it on our wedding day, he said over and over again how perfect it was.
I try not to hold out too much hope that one day my little girl will wear the dress too, so that is why I wanted to photograph her in it now. I want her to wear something that fits her personality, something that she will be happy in. Maybe it will be this dress for her, maybe another, all I know is wearing my mom's dress was perfect for me.


Lois Christensen said...

I wore my mother's dress also. I never went shopping or even tried another dress on. I had been playing in her dress for years and it was perfect for our wedding! That's a GREAT photo!!!

becca said...

how cute and what a great photo

sonja.clawson said...

You look a million times better in it than I ever did. It touched my heart to see you wear it. You were the very vision of loveliness in it and your little girl is darling wearing it..... We've left her a legacy of love and eternal marriage no matter which dress she decides to wear.

Chelle said...

Absolutely Gorgeous!!! You 3 look Beautiful in that dress!!! TFS

Cranberry Morning said...

What a beautiful post - and that's even before I comment on the photos. I love how wise your mom was in simply laying the dress out, telling you you could try it on if you wanted. Took all the pressure off, didn't it. And now, yes, those photos are great of your little one in the wedding dress. Thanks for the photo pointers. You explain things well. I've got to save this post.

HolmesWare said...

What a fun post! I did this with Audrey a few months ago and she loved dressing up in it!