5 Reasons To Have A Bridal Portrait Session

Bridal portraits are one of those terms that you hear floating around the photography community, but you don't really know what it means. Oftentimes if a couple has a bit of a tighter schedule on their wedding day and it doesn't seem like a lot of time will be dedicated to their portraits, your wedding photographer may suggest booking a bridal portrait session. While to many of you this may just seem like a waste of time, I am here to prove you wrong. Bridal portrait sessions are far from a waste of time, in fact they can help SAVE you time in the long run. Here are 5 reasons to have a bridal portraits session coming from a Utah Wedding Photographer.

What is a bridal portrait session?

First, you're going to need to know what a bridal portrait session is. A bridal portrait session is a dedicated time either before or after the wedding to take photos with your wedding photographer. Don't let the name fool you, while "bridal" is in the name, many bridal portrait sessions take place with both partners present.

have more time for photos in a more relaxed environment

I'm going to be frank, on your wedding day we will be running around and trying to do all of the things that we planned on doing. Sometimes this works out and sometimes it doesn't. Unfortunately, that is just how the cookie crumbles sometimes. However, that is what a bridal portrait session is all about. It gives you and your partner time dedicated to just you two and taking photos. This in and of itself allows you to feel more calm and relaxed on the day of the wedding. Knowing that even if you don't have time for portraits on the day of your wedding, you have a bridal portrait session with your name on it.

creates a less stressful wedding day

As I mentioned before, your wedding day is stressful as it is. I mean wedding planning itself is stressful, now imagine the day of. The last thing you want is to be feeling like you are going crazy trying to fit everything in all at once. In this case, having your backup plan be the bridal portrait session allows you and your partner to have a less stressful wedding day. With one thing off your plate and not having to worry about "fitting everything in", you have a much more relaxing day. Focus on doing what you can and your bridal portrait session will be waiting for you.

Perfect trial run before the wedding day

If you already know that your wedding day schedule is looking jam-packed, you can plan ahead and book your bridal portrait session before the wedding day. This not only alleviates some of that day of wedding stress, but gives you and your partner a "trial run" so to say. It gives you the opportunity to try on your wedding attire, get your hair & makeup done how you want it, and allows you to finalize your entire wedding look. You have no idea how game-changing this can be especially knowing that you have an idea of what you will be looking like prior to walking down the aisle on the big day.

feel more confident in front of the camera

As a Utah wedding photographer, one of the most common concerns for couples is that they don't feel confident in front of the camera. Getting your photos taken professionally for the first time on one of the biggest days of your life can be stressful. That's why when you book a bridal portrait session, you are able to get some practice in before the wedding day. Practice your posing, find what you are and are not comfortable with, and get confident in front of the camera! That way when the day of your wedding comes you are feeling as cool as a cucumber and able to take on the day head-on.

Get to know your wedding photographer

Lastly, and one of the more obvious reasons is that bridal portrait sessions give you an opportunity to get to know your wedding photographer beforehand. Never underestimate the power that communication and connection have when it comes to your wedding day photos. Whenever I work with a couple I make it my mission to get to know them as much as possible. This not only is because I want to, but it helps me be a better wedding photographer. I get to capture your love more authentically and have you feeling more confident and camera ready.

5 Reasons To Have A Bridal Portrait Session

These are just 5 reasons to have a bridal portraits session, although the list could go on and on. The main takeaway, however, should be that you should be feeling and looking your very best when you invest in your wedding photography. Whether you carve out time during your wedding day or you invest in a bridal portrait session, the choice is yours!

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Gayle does more than just take photos of people. Rather, it is capturing moments of LOVE and HAPPINESS. Singing to the skies, dancing in a field, smiles that hurt because they’re so big. There is nothing else I would rather be doing than photographing these unique details that make you and your significant other a couple. If this blog puts a spark in you, you know where to click <——— right there!