As a Raleigh wedding photographer I get asked a TON of questions about wedding planning from my brides and prospective clients. Today’s topic is in regards to a common Southern tradition, and as more brides move from out-of-state to our growing Raleigh-Durham area, it has become one of the top questions I receive. Many brides are wondering “What’s the point of having a bridal portrait session?” While having a bridal portrait session is not a necessity, there certainly are a lot of perks to having one! Today, lets talk about a few of the practical reasons you should consider having a bridal portrait session done!
1. YOU GET A TEST RUN.
This is probably the most practical reason I can think of for choosing to have a bridal portrait session done! You’ll get to see your dress, hair, makeup, and accessories all together prior to the wedding. This gives you the perfect opportunity to make any needed adjustments before the wedding day gets here! While you can certainly try on your dress and accessories on the same day of your hair and makeup trial, you’re more then likely not going to be professionally photographed while trying those things on when you get home. With your bridal portrait session, you’re able to see how that hair and makeup look in a photograph. If you’re like me, you may realize that that Pinterest perfect shade of lipstick doesn’t photograph well at all! In fact, it doesn’t even show up in the pictures! Although me and Christopher would have still been married at the end of the day, I’m glad I was able to figure that out prior to our wedding day 😀
2. YOU’RE GIVEN ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO GET COMFORTABLE IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA.
If you book with Tierney Riggs Photography, you will receive a complimentary engagement session. I do that for the sake of giving my couples the opportunity to get comfortable in front of the camera. For the first few minutes of a session, it can be slightly awkward! I don’t ever want you to feel that awkwardness on your wedding day so that’s why I provide that opportunity to couples prior to their big day. If you choose to have a bridal portrait session, you get another opportunity to get in front of my camera prior to the wedding and you’ll be even more comfortable by the time your special day arrives!
3. YOU GET TO UTILIZE MULTIPLE LOCATIONS
While we certainly can shoot some bridal portraits on the day of your wedding, sometimes due to time constraints and guests arriving early we may not be able to utilize the venue to its fullest potential for bridal portraits. By scheduling a bridal portrait session separately, you’ll also be able to have a little bit more of a stress free experience since we won’t be worried about following a specific timeline. Plus, there is no rule that says you MUST have bridal portraits completed at the same location as your venue.
I hope this has helped clarify a few of the wonderful benefits of having your very own bridal portrait session! They are such a fantastic way to capture a sweet season in your life!
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