What is a Bridal Portrait Session?
A bridal portrait session is a fairly old and specifically Southern tradition that began in Europe. The bride, that's you, schedules a portrait session focusing solely on yourself which takes place well before the wedding day, typically 2-3 months! You are photographed dressed in your wedding dress and usually have your hair and makeup done by the same person you are planning on using for your wedding day. The resulting bridal photos are kept secret, and in many cases a large print from the session is displayed at your wedding reception. I have also had clients use them as thank you cards to parents and grandparents handed out on the wedding day!
I know it just sounds like an up-sale, but I promise it is so much more than that! As a newly married woman, I wish I had done this prior to my wedding! To be honest I might get back in that dress of mine this summer...
Here are three reasons why you should consider a "Bridal" (that's the fancy industry term):
1.) Possibly the most important part of a Bridal is you get a relaxed, stress-free setting. You can explore how to become comfortable in front of the camera and how to interact with me, your photographer.
Instead of working together for the first time on the wedding day, you and I will already have experience and can maximize the available time to get the best pictures possible without adding unnecessary stress to a wildly emotional day.
2.) You get to test your full Bridal look before your wedding! It’s not only exciting to see how gorgeous your hair and makeup look with your dress, but it also gives you the opportunity to tweak anything that doesn’t look the way you imagined. For example, if you schedule your hair and makeup trial run for the same day as your bridal portraits, you will be able to see how your beauty look translates in photos. Maybe it’s darker than you imagined, and you’d like to swap that Kim Kardashian glamour look for something more natural. Or maybe you realize that you need a little bit of extra tailoring on your dress. This is the perfect opportunity for a “dress rehearsal”!
3.) And lastly, you’ve invested a lot in your dress (and your wedding), so enjoy it more than once! 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 should have pictures that showcase it, and you, in various locations without you missing out any wedding festivities, like cake!
You won't be sad!