May 4, 2017
Something that wedding photographers often take for granted is that brides and grooms don’t know all the ins and outs of wedding tradition! For example, when I began meeting with couples for their wedding photography consults, I would start by getting to know them and would ask what services they most wanted. As I would walk them through the various services I usually offer, almost every time we’d stop at the words “bridal session.” And then I’d be met with either an enthusiastic nod, or a totally blank stare! I assumed everyone knew about bridal sessions, but I’ve since learned that’s definitely not the case! So today I want to answer just that: “What is a bridal session, and why should I schedule one?”
A bridal portrait session is a fairly old and specifically Southern tradition that began in Europe. The bride schedules a portrait session focusing solely on herself which takes place well before the wedding day. She is photographed dressed in her wedding dress and She might 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 kept secret, and in many cases a large print from the session is later displayed at the wedding reception.
Deciding whether or not you want to have your “bridals” done (that’s industry speak) is purely a matter of personal choice! But I do think it’s important to learn about the reasons why a bridal session can be very beneficial. Then, you can decide for yourself whether it makes sense for you! So, what are some great reasons as to why you should schedule a bridal portrait session?
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By now you should have a better understanding of just what is a bridal session as well as some reasons why you might choose to have them done. Or, maybe you’re a little less confused about this old Southern tradition – if that’s the case, great! Either way, bridal portraits are just another way to capture memories of an absolutely beautiful season of life, so have fun and enjoy yourself!
Emily Chappell is one of the premiere Dallas wedding photographers specializing in timeless, romantic, and joyful images for your special day! If you are looking for a wedding photographer in Dallas or someone to capture your bridal session, I would love to hear from you! Visit my portfolio or contact me for more information on having me capture your big day!