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!
The bridal session is such a beautiful time during the wedding process, because the bridal session is where you can truly bond with the bride. Yes, you have had the meetings and the phone calls but it's the bridal shoot is where you get to know your subject, her personality, her flattering angles and her style. How great is that?! If the bridal shoot is handled correctly you will be able to go into the wedding day fully comfortable with the bride and with her feeling like a supermodel, which will only make for better more natural photographs. Here are a few tips to get great bridal shots and make sure your bride feels like the beauty she is.
Most brides arrive at their bridal session a bit flustered, excited and unsure all at the same time. If this is the bride's first run through on the makeup and hair (which hopefully is not the case) then she will most likely be a lot more stressed out. Like many of us, she is probably a bit nervous about being in front of a camera. So, first things first, put the bride at ease. As a photographer you will want to focus on making sure the bride feels comfortable because if she doesn't, it will definitely show.
Make sure that you have scouted your location before the shooting begins and have figured out multiple options to give the bride, and can give your favorite recommendations. As we have said, be sure to save your best spots for later in the shoot to ensure that your bride is at her best. This is a formula that we have used time and again for success, as these sessions can be very challenging if not handled right. Weddings are beautiful events, but carry a lot of stress along with them, and it is your job as photographer to make sure that your bride is incredibly at ease. I cannot stress that enough. Now go out there and make some stunning imagery!