I’ve been receiving a lot of confused looks and questions from brides about bridal portraits. Bridal portraits are really a big Southern tradition where formal images of the bride is taken in her wedding dress a few weeks before the big day in all her glory…and I mean ALL her glory. This includes getting dolled up with hair, make up, bouquet, accessories and so on. It’s also a fantastic trial run for the wedding day since you have ample time to make any tweaks as needed.
What’s the purpose of this you ask? I’ve seen a few instances these pictures are utilized and it ranges from a groom’s gift to having a canvas made to be revealed on the wedding day. Some of my clients really like these sessions since it’s a private moment where they can take their time and not be hurried. It’s also a great moment to practice posing and learn to get comfortable in front of a camera.
Side note: if you want these portraits displayed, you’ll want to check with your photographer to see how long it’ll take them to edit the images to ordering a canvas for you. The vendors either you or your planner need to coordinate with are your hair + make up artist, florist for the bouquet, venue (you need a space after all!) and photographer.
Pro tip: bring props. These can be anything from a floral crown to parasol to a large, happy balloon. Trust me, it’ll make your session that much more fun and give you something to do with your hands.
In this post, I wanted to unveil the beautiful Candace’s bridals now that she is married! It should give you a better visual of what bridal portraits are all about. Images taken by Allen Tsai Photography.
Featured Image by Powell Pictures.