A bridal session is one of the few times a woman can get primped and polished and have gorgeous portraits taken of herself, but it’s also a great trial run for the wedding day look. The majority of brides end up changing something about their wedding day look after the bridal portrait session. This is a great trial run for the bride to make adjustments BEFORE the wedding day. After all, most brides do a trial run of hair and makeup anyway – at least put that beauty to good use!
If you are considering taking bridal portraits here are a few good reasons why you should.
Get Comfortable - Instead of working with your photographer for the first time, bridal portraits gives the photographer time to get to know you and what poses work best. It also allows you to get comfortable in front of the camera and feel better with your photographer so you aren't uptight on the wedding day. With so many other emotions going on that day being in front of the camera, for the first time, can seem daunting.
Test Run - Waiting until the day of the wedding to see how everything you have planned fits together can be nerve wracking. When you take bridal portraits you see a glimpse into how you will look on your big day. If you are planning to have a trial hair and makeup session you might as well schedule bridal portraits around that date. Trials are not complimentary so you might as well take some fabulous pictures after the session or it might seem like a waste.
Change it Up - You will take hundreds of pictures at your wedding venue; therefore, it's ok to have bridal portraits in a different place than the actual wedding. Your portraits don't even have to follow the same theme. After investing a lot in your dress; it would be nice to showcase it in various locations.
4. Time - Your wedding day will be busy and I mean busy! I have come across a lot of brides who wish they would have had more time with the photographer. With a bridal session you will have opportunity to get all the pictures you want without being rushed to the cocktail hour, reception, first dance, etc.
5. Get Creative - Bridal portraits should showcase your personality and creativity. Don't limit yourself to just a bouquet of flowers and standing in one spot. You can incorporate an antique car, vintage couch or chairs, unique backdrops, large accessory pieces or even your pet. You can ask your planner or photographer to help you style a shoot that reflects your personality and interests.