Bridal sessions are like a trail run for the wedding day. It is a great opportunity for the bride and photographer to get to know each other and besides that, they are just stinking fun. What girl doesn’t want an excuse to wear her dress more than once! A huge benefit of shooting a bridal session is that is allows the bride to see how her shoes, jewelry, make-up and accessories all fit together and how well they photograph. If practice makes perfect, than consider your bridal session as practice for the big day and get ready to look and feel awesome.
Here are a list of helpful tips and tricks!
- Talk to your photographer and discuss the “look and feel” you desire. We give our brides a list of accommodating locations that fit their needs. Sometimes venues charge a photography fee either a lump sum or an hourly fee. We are happy to check on that for our brides. Always ask your photographer if they have a membership or discount for that venue.
- We like to shoot our bridals at least 6 to 8 weeks from the wedding date. We have a fast editing turnaround time but like to leave plenty of time for our brides to order prints and canvases. This also allows for the dress to be professionally cleaned if needed.
- If you are working with a wedding planner – bring them. Planners have “magic” bags they roll around that pretty much have anything and everything you could possible need. If you are not working with a planner a good idea is to have your best friend, or maid of honor come to the session. They are pretty much there to help in any way you need them. I always bring an assistant to each session just to hold your dress and fix your hair! Many girls want to bring their mom to the session. While we love our moms, and want them to be involved, it is not always easy for them to see you in your dress with the possibility of it getting dirty. We are very careful and go to great lengths to keep your dress in perfect condition however, it may get a bit dusty on the bottom and need cleaning. DON’T FREAK OUT!
- Please, PLEASE make sure you have the following items: Lip gloss, flip flops, tissues, bobby pins, water, granola bar, small fan, travel size hairspray.
- YOUR BOUQUET! Talk to your florist at your initial consult and let them know if you are planning on taking bridal portraits. It is important that the bouquet look as similar to the one you will carry on your wedding day. Makes for a more consistent look.
- Don’t forget to make your hair and make-up appointment and leave about 30 min of extra time. We have found that hair and make-up appointments tend to run a tad behind.
Bridal sessions are FUN, super fun and you should enjoy the shoot and have a blast.
We love getting close ups of your make-up and shoe details. You should look and feel absolutely beautiful.