Bridal portrait sessions are a Southern tradition where the bride takes portraits we typically do this 1-2 months before the wedding in your full wedding day attire – hair, makeup, jewelry, veil, bouquet, and of course, the dress. Generally a large portrait from the session is displayed at the reception near the wedding cake.
When planning a wedding, you work with a hundred different puzzle pieces and have to wait until the day of the wedding to see how they perfectly fit together. The same is true with your wedding day style. You have the dress, the shoes, the accessories, the hair and the make up but why wait until the day of the wedding to see how they all come together? Scheduling a bridal portrait session with us gives you the opportunity to see exactly how you’ll look and allows you the opportunity to make desired changes prior to your big day.
A bridal portrait shoot is a win-win situation for both you and us your photographer. We learn which poses work best for you and what techniques to use to get the best quality pictures. You get a relaxed and stress-free setting to explore how to become comfortable in front of the camera and how to interact with us as your photographer. Instead of working together for the first time on the wedding day, we will already have had experience and can maximize the available time to get the best pictures possible without adding unnecessary stress to a rollercoaster emotional day.
Location, Location, Location. There is no rule that says your bridal portrait needs to be at the same venue as your wedding. It doesn’t even have to fit within the same theme. You’ll get hundreds of pictures at your wedding venue on the wedding day so why not take the opportunity to explore a different location, style or season? You’ve invested a lot in your dress and should have pictures that showcase it and you in various locations and with different looks you can’t get the day of your wedding.
Lets Get Creative. The days of sitting in front of a colored backdrop and posing with your hand strategically under your chin are over. Bridal portrait shoots are meant for exploring your creative side. Don’t limit yourself to just posing with your dress and a bouquet of flowers. Incorporate props such as antique cars, vintage parasols, unique backdrops, large accessory pieces or even animals. Ask your planner or photographer to help you style a shoot that reflects your personality and interests.
A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words. The tradition of displaying a bridal portrait at the wedding reception is still prevalent in weddings today and if you opt to display one, a bridal portrait shoot is necessary in order to do so. Even if you don’t want something that grand, a bridal portrait shoot gives you tangible pictures to have and hold on the wedding day. Why not give a framed picture of you in your gown to your parents or grandparents on the day of the wedding as a thank you? It’s a gift and moment they’ll remember long after the wedding day.
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