Bridal Wedding Photography
Bridal Wedding Photography
Bridal wedding photography should be a big part of the service in which you offer as a wedding photographer and it’s up to you as your client’s photographer to explain the traditions of wedding photography so that they truly understand their options. Often enough, Brides and indeed their Grooms, do not always understand the ins and outs of wedding tradition. You should start your initial meeting by getting to know the couple (as individuals and as a team) to personalise their experience with your photography services.
As a photographer, you shouldn’t assume that every client will be familiar with the ways of Bridal wedding photography, in fact, some Brides don’t have a clue that there even is such a thing. Perhaps they think that the wedding ceremony is what’s classed as “wedding photography” and then they’re done with it, but we all know there’s much more to wedding photography than that! So, as much as this blog post is for photographers who want to learn more about Bridal wedding photography, this article is just as much for newly engaged Brides who have just begun to do a little research on what they’ll need to organize for their wedding. Don’t panic! You must be feeling a little overwhelmed, but that’s what our blog posts are for! We’re here to simplify this topic for everyone, so just carry on reading to get a better understanding of Bridal wedding photography and why an it’s important part of the wedding photography process!
The Bridal Portrait Session - As the Bride (or indeed photographer), you may not know it yet, but the Bridal portrait session is a big deal and has been a tradition which began many moons ago in Europe. Typically, the Bride will schedule a portrait session focusing solely on herself which takes place well before the wedding day. So, that does technically justify spending whatever you want on your dress, because you will no longer have the phrase “I’m only going to wear it once” over your head. Photographers, we’re now talking directly to you... This will be your chance to capture the beauty of the Bride and the details of her dress and accessories. Of course, you will have further chances on her wedding day, but none that are in quite a calm environment as this. You’ll have the chance to capture all of the images that you may need, whereas on the big day, everything will be up in the air and fast moving, so there won’t be any time for posing and do overs. There’s a schedule to stick to before the Bride walks down the aisle, so we’re afraid the poses will have to wait until later at the reception.
The Bride should be photographed dressed in her wedding gown and she may 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 usually kept a secret and, in many cases, a large print from the session is later displayed at the wedding reception, or used in some way shape or form after the wedding ceremony.
Why Should The Bride Schedule A Bridal Portrait Session? - Now Brides, we’re speaking to you... Deciding whether or not you want to have your “Bridals” done is purely a matter of personal choice! But we do think it’s important to learn about the reasons why a Bridal session can be very beneficial to you. After reading this article, you can decide for yourself if it’s something you’d want to pursue.
- Deciding To Make A Change? - One of the best parts about a Bridal session is that you have the opportunity to see all of the elements put together in one photograph. 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 your big day.
- Posing Practice – Much like the Bride’s engagement session, the Bridal wedding photography session will give you one to one time with your Bride. So, if she feels a little awkward in front of the camera or doesn’t know how to pose to best show off her dress, hair or makeup, you’ve got to direct her and tell her what looks good!
Hopefully this article has given you a little more insight about Bridal wedding photography as a tradition and why it could be beneficial to you as a Bride as well as the photographer shooting the images.
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