You may have noticed that my Timeless Collection provides a bridal portrait session, but you may be wondering what that is. Bridal portraits, or "bridals" started as a Southern tradition, but are catching on elsewhere. It is a separate session, usually just for the bride (but feel free to bring the groom if you're okay with seeing each other all dressed up before the big day!), to focus simply on her in her gown. The bridal portrait session usually takes place prior to the wedding day.
So why do it? There are going to be plenty of photos of the bride in her gown on her wedding day, right? Yes, but the day will be full of people and things going on. I want you to be able to fully enjoy that day with your new spouse and all your friends and family - the last thing I want is to take up all that precious time to make you take pictures! But who doesn't want to remember just how phenomenal each detail of your wedding day look really was? Bridals provide the perfect opportunity for this: you have time with just you and your photographer to focus on each element of that look. From your hair and makeup to the beading on your dress, and down to the perfect pair of shoes, this session is all about YOU! It's also a great trial run for your glam squad: you can see the hair and makeup with the dress before the big day and note any adjustments that need to be made.
Additionally, by doing bridals, you and your photographer have an extra opportunity to work together before your wedding day. This gives you both more time to get to know each other and gives you a chance to communicate your hopes and expectations to your photographer beforehand. This little bit of extra time with your photographer will go a long way in making sure that you are both comfortable with each other so that you can get the best, most authentic photos on your wedding day. Note: this also goes for engagement photos, which is why I offer them with all my collections - I want to get to know you!
So, do you do it by yourself or do you bring your hubby-to-be? This is totally up to you! On the one hand, by doing it solo, you can totally indulge in being the center of attention. You can also ensure that your soon-to-be husband doesn't see you in your dress before you walk down that aisle if you aren't doing a first look.
On the other hand, by including the Mr., you can use this time for the bulk of your bride and groom formal photos. This allows you to focus on each other without the distractions of friends and family waiting for you, or perhaps more awkwardly, watching you. It also means you don't have to spend as much time on photos on your wedding day (but you totally can!). And it serves as a back up: by doing them together and doing traditional bride and groom photos on your wedding day, you're sure to have covered all your bases and will have tons of great photos of the two of you to remember this time.
Ultimately, whether you decide to do bridals or not, and how you choose to do them, is totally up to you. It is an additional investment, but it serves a valuable purpose for those who want that extra time to run through the details of their day-of look and to have an extra set of photos to remember their wedding. If you're curious, let's talk more about it!