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What Is A Bridal Session, And Why Should I Schedule One?

What Is A Bridal Session, And Why Should I Schedule One?

The Tradition of the Bridal Portrait Session

A bridal portrait session is a fairly old and specifically Southern tradition that began in Europe. The bride schedules a portrait session focusing solely on herself which takes place well before the wedding day. She is photographed dressed in her wedding dress and She might also have her hair and makeup done by the same person she is planning on using for her wedding day.  The resulting bridal photos are kept secret, and in many cases a large print from the session is later displayed at the wedding reception.

Why Should I Schedule A Bridal Portrait Session?

Deciding whether or not you want to have your “bridals” done (that’s industry speak) is purely a matter of personal choice! But I do think it’s important to learn about the reasons why a bridal session can be very beneficial. Then, you can decide for yourself whether it makes sense for you! So, what are some great reasons as to why you should schedule a bridal portrait session?

  • Decide whether you want to change anything about your final look – One of the best parts about a bridal session is that you have the opportunity to see all of the elements put together. It’s not only exciting to see how gorgeous your hair and makeup look with your dress, but it also gives you the opportunity to tweak anything that doesn’t look the way you imagined. For example, if you schedule your hair and makeup trial run for the same day as your bridal portraits, you will be able to see how your beauty look translates in photos. Maybe it’s darker than you imagined, and you’d like to swap that Kim Kardashian glamour look for something more natural. Or maybe you realize that you need a little bit of extra tailoring on your dress. This is the perfect opportunity for a “dress rehearsal”!
  • Bridal portraits give you a bit more posing practice – Much like your engagement session, your bridal session will give you more one-on-one time with your photographer. You also get the chance to practice moving AND posing in your wedding dress. When the big day arrives, you’ll be a pro!
  • Capture beautiful, stress-free bridal portraits – As a Ouray wedding photographer, you had to know I was going to say this! Scheduling a bridal session is the perfect time to capture photos of you all glammed up.  You’ll still have photos taken of just you on your wedding day, but this is a chance to get extra special photos without being worried about your timeline. You just get to focus on looking amazing! You’re going to spend so much time planning out your bridal “look.” It makes sense to dedicate 1-2 hours of bridal photography to capture all of your hard work!  Plus, I personally think it’s a lot of fun!

By now you should have a better understanding of just what is a bridal session as well as some reasons why you might choose to have them done.  Or, maybe you’re a little less confused about this old Southern tradition – if that’s the case, great!  Either way, bridal portraits are just another way to capture memories of an absolutely beautiful season of life, so have fun and enjoy yourself!

If you would like to schedule your bridal session click over to my contact page! Also check out my blog about Why You Should Schedule Your Hair And Makeup Trials On The Same Day! 

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