Is doing a bridal portrait worth it?

posted 10 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Its totally a personal preference. Its up to you. I dont know why you would spend the extra money though? Usually when you purchase a photography package for your wedding day you can get whatever pictures you want taken, and  an engagement shoot is usually included in their prices, or they do it for free once you book a wedding. Just ask the photographer to take a few solo portraits of you, even though they’ll probably do that anyway. Afterall, the bride is the most important part of the wedding (in the photographers eyes) So you’ll be in 90% of the pictures they take anyway.

Here’s an article I found to help you:

http://weddings.about.com/od/photographer/a/bridalportaits.htm

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I am going to keep an eye on this post.  I was thinking of doing the same.

 

Thanks!

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

well, it depends on what you’re using it for…

 i’m in the South and usually these portraits are set outside of the reception area….but i’m really not into it. i don’t think this wedding is all about me so i don’t want my solo bridal portrait set up like a mini shrine. If i were doing it i’d do an engagement photo instead.

Do you want a large portrait for your home after the wedding? Or as a gift to your parents? as a gift to your parents it would be a good idea. 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

It’s always been a foregone conclusion that you will do bridal portraits in my family.  But then again, like you said, it’s a Southern tradition and I live in Texas.  My experience is via my sister a few years ago and next week are my bridal portraits (the photography package I chose includes either an engagment session or a bridal portrait session).  I noticed in the article MissCamera linked to that it mentioned doing the portraits in studio.  For all of the photographers I researched as well as the one my sister worked with for her wedding, few portraits were done in studio.  To my knowledge you can choose to do something in studio but it is also very common to either go to your venue or go to another location that is scenic or very photographic and have your portraits done there.  It may be beneficial to look at some of the work done by southern photographers to get a feel for what is commonly done to see if you are interested in it.  I am choosing to use my bridal portraits as gifts to my parents and grandparents with a double frame, one of me as a child and one of my bridal portraits.  Additionally, my venue traditionally expects bridal portraits to be displayed at the reception and provides large easels for such a purpose.  I’ll include some links to photographers I researched in my area that may give you a better feel for them.  Also, I’ll link to where a number of portraits are shot if brides choose to not use their venue.

 http://www.kandcphotography.com/

http://www.nhanphotography.com/

http://www.djonesphoto.com/

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Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

yeah southerners do it for a couple reasons….the pictures are displayed at the wedding, at least one full length shot is put in the society pages of the local paper (this is dying out) and the bridal portrait is usually displayed in your parent’s home.  If non of these situations apply to you but you still want photos i would use the extra money for a day after shot with your groom. That way you don’t have a ton of vanity pictures of just yourself laying around but you have more time to do fun pics (trust me the time at your wedding goes by so fast, it’s hard to take a lot of time to do fun pics with your groom…and if you do, then your guests usually suffer cause you aren’t around!)

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

lyka168,

Honestly, everything that is the purpose of the bridal portraits listed above could be done on the actual day-of. Just set more time aside for the bride to do shots alone, perhaps before the ceremony or something. You don’t need to pay extra to have it separate. The photographer will and can take enough pictures to put one in the paper, give one to your parents, etc.

An alternative could be if you aren’t into an engagement session, you could ask your photographer to swap that out for a bridal portraits. 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

Just something to think about, I had my photographer switch engagement photos out for 2 parents photo albums! I will give my parents one since they helped pay for a lot of it. And I am going to keep the other one. This way I can have even more photos. (FI’s mom lives in florida, we had to pay to fly her up, very nice lady but she will never know that I got one and didn’t give it to her)

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2008

I will be having a bridal shoot done, but more because I like the idea of having a dry run. I plan to give my parents a photo, obviously. But I like the idea of putting on the dress and getting my hair done the way I want it, just to make sure I’m happy with the way it all looks together.

 

Hope this helps, good luck! 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I’m with TurningGreen – I’m having it done so we’ll have a dry run. I’d do an engagement shoot instead, but FI and I live in another city and won’t be together where our wedding is until the week of.

Post # 12
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Wannabee

There’s a few thing to consider before saying yes or no a bridal session. For starters, yes you can capture some indiviudal portraits of yourself on wedding day. However, there are a few things to consider:

  1. Time Window: Most likely on your wedding day, you won’t have a dedicated hour to model your dress in a portrait session. Should this even matter to you? We’ll discuss that at the end when I touch on mindset.
  2. Your Vision: Some brides truly envision their wedding day as an opportunity to go all out and over-the-top. A nice large portrait of your dress looking amazing creates a nice focal point among your reception decor. 
  3. Trial & Error Benefits: Taking bridal potraits gives you an opporunity to test hair, make up and help you practice moving around in your dress. What if the make-up artist or hair stylist doesn’t deliver? You’d hate to discover that on WEDDING DAY. Knowing ahead of time is paramount. Sounds simple but it really pays off.
  4. Multiple Looks: Most likely you’re spending money to wear your dress for 1 day. Just one day. That realization alone is enough to motive some brides to schedule a stand alone bridal session so they can feel they’ve gotten their monies worth as a result of wearing the dress multiple instances. You can wear a different hair style in your bridal portrait session than on wedding day giving you multiple looks throughout your photos!
  5. Practice: Bridal Sessions offer you an opportunity to practice posing for the wedding day. It’s a little thing but when you consider the fact that you’ll most likely have a 30-45 minute window for post ceremony portraits (which include family, extended family, wedding party etc) a little pre-wedding practicing pays off.
  6. Higher Quality Result: I’m going to be 100% honest here, I’m a photographer, and I can asure you that day-of bridals portraits photography is much different from a private shoot. Why? Grant it, a talented and skilled photographer can still capture good bridal images on wedding day. However, a stand alone bridal session gives you & the photographer ample time and opportunities with poses, choosing composition, choosing location, setting up lighting, setting up decor and other great ideas. The result is a more refined portrait session which produces a greater number of more refined images. That benefits you, the bride, for the REST OF YOUR LIFE.

Back to mindset. Sometimes our mindset changes when we are presented with new information or an alternative point of view. Having said that, if you feel that viewing a portrait of yourself on the wall of your home feels awkward, think of how that gorgeous image can create a positive view and example of love and marriage for yoruself during hard times, and your children and how it can impact the legacy of your family as you pass it down. If that still doesn’t move you, that is ok too. Forgo the bridal session. Just be sure you considered all of the above because once the window is gone, it’s gone forever. No do overs.

All The Best!

Andre- Lens Out Loud

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

Andre Gant :  Seeing as this thread is 9 years old I’m presuming the OP has already made her decision for/against bridal portraits. Although your information is helpful to current brides, I suppose!

Post # 14
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Wannabee

 

Hi BayouBee!

Before posting my recommendation, I definitely noticed the post was 9yrs old. However, a new brides read this thread all the time- which makes the post live for all brides to come. An additional perspective will definitely be appreciated by the new brides to be 🙂

Have a great day!

Post # 15
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Helper bee

I thinking about having this done. I haven’t gotten my photos back from my wedding yet (it was a few weeks ago), but I’m having some nagging feelings that I should have requested my photographers take a formal portrait of me. 

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