Want to make our hearts at White Sparrow Barn go pitter-patter? Come visit us for a photoshoot! We love seeing brides and their fiancés with their photographers, taking advantage of White Sparrow Barn’s ethereal natural lighting. From styled photoshoots and bridal portrait sessions to engagement shoots and boudoir sittings, White Sparrow Barn is well acquainted with the camera. Whether you’re carefully styling your shoot with props or looking to capture authentic candids, there are a few items any photoshoot participant ought to bring on film day. Check out our list of the top items to bring to your photoshoot venue:
General: In general, there are only two “must-haves” for every photoshoot. First, bring along someone you trust. Make sure this is a person who can make you laugh out loud, who knows your most flattering angles, and who makes you feel comfortable (on- and off-camera). Whether you ask a friend, bridesmaid, mother, or sister to accompany you, you’ll feel (and look) much more natural in your photos if someone you trust is on the other side of the camera. Secondly, bring your confidence! This is the single most important thing to have in your repertoire on photoshoot day. Any additional props or styling details you bring will fall flat without a confident attitude in front of the lens.
Engagement Photos: When it comes to engagement photos, there are a few specifics we recommend you bring to your photoshoot:
- Whatever clothes you decide on, we highly suggest layering! We’ll leave the style up to you, but consider bringing versatile layers that can quickly change your look. Pair your favorite top with a jacket and a cozy scarf, or bring a sweater to throw over your pretty sundress. Having layering options during your photoshoot will ultimately deliver a more versatile batch of photos at the end of the day.
- Props: consider how you’d like to use the images from your engagement shoot. Will they go on your save-the-dates? On your wedding website? Or maybe you’d like to have them framed for personal enjoyment at home. Whatever the case, think about how props fit (or don’t fit!) into your end-goal.If you’d like to use the pictures on a save-the-date card, you might want to bring a prop that features your wedding date (a chalkboard, calendar with circled date, or balloons). Select these props beforehand so they look polished and intentional on the day of your shoot.
However, if you’d prefer to hang your portraits at home, think about how they’ll look next to your other décor. If your apartment is styled with mid-century mod furniture, you might want to rethink that flannel and cowboy boot ensemble. Plus, consider any furry friends that you may want to bring to the shoot—after all, they’re a part of your family too!
- Finally, don’t forget to have your ring (and your nails!) ready for a close-up. You’ll definitely want to have your ring cleaned and polished before the photoshoot, so it will be picture-perfect on the day of.
Bridal Portraits: What a special commemoration of the occasion. We promise you’ll treasure these for years to come. There are a few things you should definitely bring to fully shine in your bridal portraits:
- Water! Please don’t forget to bring water to your photoshoot. Trust us, it’s exhausting looking that good in front of the camera! This is especially important if you plan to execute any of your session outdoors. Staying hydrated will keep you feeling happy and healthy in front of the camera, making the day go smoothly for everyone. *Tip: bring along a straw so you don’t muss up your makeup.
- On that note, do bring touch-up makeup. Even though you’ll probably have your makeup professionally styled, it can’t hurt to have the basics on-hand in case you need to touch up your bridal look. Bring a bit of concealer just in case, and a loose powder foundation to take care of any shine. If you’ve opted for a bright lip, ask your makeup stylist for the brand name so you can buy it for touch-ups during the shoot (and on your wedding day!). *Tip: if you find yourself in need of a quick touch-up, do not do it over your dress. Drape a sheet or towel over the front of your dress and shoulders to prevent any mishaps.
- Details: your bridal session is an opportunity to show off any special details you’d like to remember alongside your portrait. Along with your basic checklist (dress, veil, shoes, ring), consider any sentimental items you’d like to commemorate on your wedding day. Heirloom jewelry pieces, antique hair accessories, signature perfume, or even a piece of lace from your mother’s dress all make delicate props for a styled photo that will look beautiful next to your portrait.
No matter what kind of photoshoot you’re scheduling, we’d love to see you here at White Sparrow… and, equipped with these items, you can’t go wrong. Your bridal beauty will shine no matter what you bring, but having these items on-hand will help make the day even more enjoyable and memorable. We look forward to seeing you soon!