We already have our photographer booked for the entire day of our wedding, do I really need a bridal session on top of that?
I’m probably going to have to start simply cutting and pasting the “It’s really up to you” answer.
For those those that don’t know, a bridal session is a separate portrait shoot primarily for the bride. It generally takes place weeks before the wedding itself with no one seeing the photographs (except the bride) before the wedding.
Is it necessary? No.
Does it make the process easier? Yes!
As I’ve said many times, a lot of the wedding day comes down to time. Every bride wants to look fabulous and every photographer wants to help you achieve that. The problem with the wedding day is that it ALWAYS gets off schedule in some way or another. How is that corrected? That extra time you sat aside for photographs gets cut a little here, then a little there, and then even more. The whole time that’s happening the photographer will smile and say “whatever you need me to do.” because a good wedding photographer acts as a tool to de-stress you.
The truth is I can do a great portrait in 10 minutes, but give me 30 minutes and I’ll do something special, an hour and I’ll give you a static of beauty.
Rarely will you get a true full uninterupted hour to photograph a bride during a wedding day. Is it possible? Yes. I’ve had it. It’s just far from probable.
Enter the Bridal Session
Our process usually has us shooting the sessions anywhere from a month to 2 weeks out from the wedding depending on the needed result. Meaning that if the bride wants a 20×30 canvas at the reception, we’ll need more leeway than if she simply wants the photos available with the wedding photographs.
Our Bridal Sessions are generally 2 hour shoots at different locations depending on how brave the bride is. We’re not trying to trash the dress here…yet.
These sessions allow us to have 2 hours that are completely disconnected from the hustle and bustle of the wedding day. We aren’t rushed, we can utilize gear that is far less “portable” than what wedding coverage allows.
For the bride I feel it’s an even better experience. She’s less nervous and able to focus on being fabulous. It’s also the perfect practice run. You get to test out the hair, makeup, etc to make sure it’s going to be exactly how you want it.
If it were up to us, every bride would have a Bridal Session. What I would tell you to think about while you debate it’s importance to you is to think how important is it for you to have some very timeless and focused portraits of yourself in your wedding dress.
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