Wedding Photo Reshoot

posted 2 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 16
183 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I have a friend who did a reshoot – same outfits, same hair, same location. The photos are gorgeous but now every time I see one of her wedding photos I wonder if it was from the wedding or the re-do.

Post # 17
213 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

We eloped and have beautiful mostly candid photos. My dress is georgeous, but I don’t feel that the photos really did it justice. We did a photo shoot last week in our home. I put my dress back on (had diffrent hair and makeup) and he wore his suit. No boquet or bouteneir, just beautiful photos in our home. The dogs got to join in too. We thought of the photos more as a portrait session rather than trying to recreate something that could never be recreated. 

Post # 18
107 posts
Blushing bee

Sure, why not?  I don’t think there’s anything wrong with redoing wedding photos. I actually thought about doing it myself. It was terribly windy during our wedding shoot, hair was everywhere, dress blowing awkwardly in the wind, his tie flapping around. The baby had a bad day and was really cranky, which was super  distracting. We both look tense and preoccupied in many of our pictures. 


Plus i absolutely LOVED the way I felt in my dress and would take any opportunity to put it on and shine in it again!


Now this may be taking it a little too far… but I have thought that it might be fun to wear our wedding clothes each year on our anniversary and take a few pics and do some sort of album.


Either way, do what makes you happy! Sure, the photos wouldn’t be from the big day, but they’d still be magical and special. 


Post # 19
653 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

cassidyrue :  You should totally do a wreck the dress shoot! Get some cute photos before you start and then have fun.

Post # 20
1851 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

cassidyrue :  Yes I don’t even have a wedding dress but the idea of trashing one… I don’t know that I could do it! But some friends have done it and enjoyed it.

Your reasons for wanting more photos definitely make sense.

Post # 21
7002 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

cassidyrue :  Ugh, so sorry you’re not super happy with your couples portraits. That’s a bummer. Honestly, this is the #1 reason I work so closely with my couples when it comes to putting together their family formals list. WAYYYY too many couples spend time doing (frankly, useless) formal lineups with extended family and it eats away at the time you should spend on photos that are most important on the day….you and your new spouse. I’m not saying having photos with extended family is a complete waste, but honestly they are something you can get in a more casual setting the reception. For 99% of people, those photos are about documentation and NOT about having a beautiful print to display with your extended family. Public Service Announcement to brides – try to keep your family formals to immediate family (parents + siblings/spouses/kids + grandparents). If you REALLY need photos with your extended family set a time to grab them at the reception.

FWIW, I’ve had couples opt for “day after” sessions quite a bit. Sometimes it really is the day after, sometimes it’s a few days after. Most of the time it’s if we had terrible weather, or if they really wanted an alternate location for photos that was just too far away on the wedding day. I’m in a resort area, so I’ve also worked with tons of couples who have brought their wedding attire on vacation and had portraits done with me because they weren’t super thrilled with their wedding photos back home.

I say go for it! Pick an epic location you love, spring for professional hair/makeup again, and definitely get a bouquet.

ETA: I will add, trash the dress shoots have sort of become a thing of the past…and I’m sooo glad. Turst me, on day after sessions we definitely push the limits a little since we aren’t worried about the dress getting dirty – but to me trashing it and getting filthy just isn’t very pretty and probably not a photo you’re going to want to hang on your wall.

Post # 22
6 posts

As a photographer, I say go for it! Your probably won’t wear your wedding dress again, so it’s important to get some of you in it with your hubby that you LOVE! 

Post # 23
6 posts

As a photographer, I say go for it! Your probably won’t wear your wedding dress again, so it’s important to get some of you in it with your hubby that you LOVE! Good luck!

Post # 24
298 posts
Helper bee

Honesty I think you should do what makes you happy!  Haha.  Also if it’s within budget.

I lost a lot of weight since my wedding (years ago!) and I plan to do some formal professional pictures, in a wedding-like dress (I don’t want to get my original dress resized – but now that I am writing this… maybe I do? Haha) with everyone dressed up!  I going to do them for our next big anniversary I think.

Do it!!  If it’s on your mind, I don’t see the harm.

Post # 25
1149 posts
Bumble bee

I don’t think retaking photos in your dress is weird at all. I mean trying to re-create that special day might be a bit weird, but you could take a picture of yourselves in the wedding outfits, maybe change it up a bit in terms of location and hairstyle like the previous bees’ recommendation. My friend took a few pre-wedding shoots with her dress and they came out beautifully.

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