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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Although the modern times has opened a lot of possibilities to the brides when it comes to wedding dresses, it has also created confusion because of so many choices available. To avoid choosing wrong wedding dresses, here are some considerations brides-to-be must ponder upon: 1. Know your body type. This is very important because it will determine if you would or wouldnt look good in your dress. Since not all women are created with perfect body figure, it is best to know your body type to avoid highlighting your not-so-pleasant "assets." For women who possess an hourglass figure, ideal wedding dresses are bodices with corsets or two-piece items such as ball gowns to give emphasis to their curves. Wedding dresses that have something that would highlight the waist of the bride are also ideal. For women who are pear shaped, one of the perfect options is Princess dresses with A-line cut. This is very ideal because the style will hide the full hips and will highlight the torso as well as the bust area of the bride. Petite women should avoid ball gowns that are big as well as wedding dress with mermaid cut because these only overwhelm the natural shape of the body. Wedding dresses for women who have petite frame should be those that have simple cuts and fabric type to make them look taller and slender. For tall women who can carry majority of the dress styles out there, wedding dresses with A- line cut, princess line cut, ball gowns, mermaid style, and straight dresses are ideal wedding dresses. Although almost all styles can fit tall women, they should avoid empire line dresses because these can overemphasize their tall frame and can be too overwhelming especially when paired with small sizes of wedding accessories. For women who have full waist, drop waist and princess-line dresses are the best because these flatter the curves of the waist. Women who have broad shoulder should avoid wearing wedding dresses that are off-the-shoulder and halter types because these will only make the broad shoulder "broader." Opt for wedding dresses that dont have straps or those that have scoop necklines to enhance the shoulder and wear accessories or jewelry that have intricate design. Brides that are that have flat bust should choose wedding dresses that have square or scoop necklines that will emphasize the bust area. 2. Know what are the dress shapes available in the market. After knowing what is your body type, you should also familiarize yourself about the different wedding dress shapes available out there because this can help you decide which one will suit you best. The most available dress shapes out there include straight wedding dresses that have revealing and daring cuts and highlight to the body's contour, A-line princess wedding dresses that is perfect for women who want to hide something from the bust line down because it practically covers everything from the bust line to the toes. Empire wedding dresses which is practically an A-line dress except for the seam that is strategically placed under the bust line to emphasize some body shapes, strapless wedding dresses which are designed to reveal the neck are shoulder areas. Mermaid wedding dresses that are designed to fit from the waist area until the knees before it comes with stylish flair down to the feet, and ball gown wedding dresses that are practically two-piece items including a full skit and fitted or corseted bodice.