You've picked the groom, the date, the venue, and most important, The Dress! Now its time to choose your wedding photographer and to pick packages. Occasionally, I will have a bride who doesn't want to shoot bridals for various reasons. The ones I hear most often are: "I don't want to have to dress up twice and go through all the hassle" "shooting bridals involves extra expense and I'm on a budget" "I'm not comfortable having my portrait taken" and finally "We'll have plenty of time to do that at the wedding". All of these seem like good reasons right? Well I would like to share a few reasons why I believe it is so important to have a bridal shoot before your wedding day.
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"I don't want to have to dress up twice and go through all the hassle"
Why not! You've probably spent more money on this beautiful dress than you ever will spend on any other item of clothing you will purchase again. After your wedding, chances are you will never put it on again. If your dress makes you feel beautiful, feminine and just absolutely wonderful (as it should) why not enjoy that as many times as you can! Is it a hassle.. well that depends on how you look at it. For a bridal shoot you will most likely be getting your hair and nails done. What a better way to relax! Look at it as pampering yourself. You have probably been very busy planning your wedding. Take a minute and relax! Not to mention one of the things that brides change most often after a bridal shoot is their hairstyle. You might now like the way it looks, it may not be comfortable or it may be to difficult to keep up during the several hours that you will be wearing it not only for your ceremony but for pictures and dancing.
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All of the photos from your wedding experience are important, but consider which ones will be the most precious to you, the ones of you and your groom, all of those special "first" moments and sharing them with your loved ones and finally, those of your cake and other details. But remember, this will be the day that you look and feel the most the beautiful in your whole life. Wouldn't you like to have images of that after its all over? Wouldn't you like to be sure that your dress, veil, hair and shoes are as comfortable and perfect as possible. Then you can just be confident with your appearance and enjoy the reason for the day rather than focusing on something that just doesn't look or feel quite right? As your photographer, I want that for you and I hope I have convinced you to reconsider having your bridal shoot!
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When Lisa walked down the aisle toward Scott, it was not to be the tradition path. She would not walk the long, narrow church aisle but instead she would journey down a garden pathway, lighted by votive candles. Overlooking Utah's beautiful mountain scenery, with all her friends and family looking on, this bride was creating one of the best of all memories. To help capture this memory on film, Lisa had painstakingly researched Salt Lake City wedding photographers. She would visit a number of Salt Lake City wedding photography studios before selecting the one she would use for her big day. There were a few deciding factors Lisa used to make her decision.
The first thing Lisa did when interviewing potential studios was to view available portfolios. Taking the time to view images taken by staff is so important. Do you like the style of the pictures? Are they traditional poses or more contemporary? Do the images create the sense of style and mood that you hope to capture? Seeing examples of a persons work can help a bride decide if those are the type of images she is drawn to. Every bride is different and has different expectations for what they want to eventually see in their picture album. In Lisa's case, with her plans for an outdoor ceremony, she was particularly interested in viewing images of landscape and scenery. She also noted the many bridal party pictures, specifically those shots which had been taken outside.
Lisa was happy to do all the advanced planning, but when her big day arrived, the last thing she wanted to worry about was whether the right pictures were being taken. She wanted to select someone she could trust and someone who could artistically and skillfully capture and save all the big moments from her ceremony. Finding someone who could understand the importance of their job, as they documented this day for all of time, was Lisa's primary goal.