Bridal sessions are some of my favorites! The trend has taken over in the past few years, especially in the south. I love that brides can spend more time in their dream wedding dress and have those photos forever. If you’re thinking about a bridal session, read on!
Bridals are photo sessions dedicated entirely to the bride and the wedding dress. Bridal session duration depends on your photographer and the package you choose. Generally, one to two hours will be spent actually shooting with your photographer. You should plan on coordinating with your hair and makeup team as well as your florist to ensure you have everything in line for your bridal session. I recommend having a good idea of what your vision is at least three weeks before your bridal session so you can get your bridal photos looking pretty close to how you’ll look on your wedding day.
Usually, your wedding photographer will be the one doing your bridals photography. For some people, bridals photos are more important than the actual wedding photos! If you’re prioritizing your bridal session, here are some tips on finding the best photographer:
It’s ultimately up to YOU! My mantra is it’s better to be safe than sorry. I would rather wayyy overdo it than underdo it any day! If you’re on the fence about it, I say go for it! I don’t think you’d ever regret it. The ONLY con I can think of is that there is a risk your dress could need to be cleaned after a bridal session. If you’re worried about this, think about opting for a studio or indoor bridal session rather than outdoors (especially if you live in dusty ole’ West Texas like me). If you’re worried about your future spouse sneaking a peek before wedding day, have your photographer send a private gallery or wait until after the wedding!
This bride requested that I show her bridals photos to her spouse after their wedding and in person! I was so stoked because I got to see his reaction to them, and lemme tell ya, it was one of the sweetest things I’ve ever seen. I see bridal sessions as a gift to your future spouse AND to yourself. You can incorporate sweet things to honor your relationship. Like April met her husband a little later in life after facing some struggles. I chose to capture her tattoo that says “This too shall pass” because her new husband signifies that the struggles have passed!
If you and your fiancé have a special item between you two, talk to your photographer about incorporating it into your photos.
Another favorite of mine is getting some good memories from the couple before the bridal session and prompting the bride with little tidbits of their favorite memories together to get an authentic emotion on camera.
My all-time favorite is bringing your dog! A lot of venues won’t allow pets and if you’re like me, you want to include your dog in everything you do. If you can’t take your best pal to your wedding day, bring the fur ball to the bridal session so you two can still have your moment!
As always, happy planning!
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Sep 1, 2022