(Closed) What’s the deal with bridal portraits?

posted 10 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Will you be doing bridal portraits before your wedding?

    Yes!! can't wait to have my own photoshoot & get bridal before my big day

    No - just regular photos at the wedding

    ... other

  • Post # 17
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I was on the fence about them but they were in my photography package and I am glad I did them. Not sure what I am going to do with them but they are really good pics, very artsy and unique.

    Post # 18
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    Sugar bee

    I am getting married in Houston and all the photographers I checked have them automatically. I was like, huh, what are bridal shots? And he told me. I can just imagine how I’d flip out if my package included a groom’s shot and nothing for me. I’m not going to do them. However, I do know that I WILL pay someone to take our pictures when we are back in NYC. To not have one picture of the place where I have spent the majority of my adulthood would be sad.

    Post # 19
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: December 2010

    I’m not really a “portrait” kind of gal, either, and I’m from GA, which is a southern state. My posed photo list for my photog is about one-quarter the size of my candid list. I’m so inclined to prefer the photojournalistic approach that I can’t even see my way through the idea of a bridal portrait session!

    Post # 20
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    I am taking mine and they are already included in our package. We get a free engagement shot or bridal but the engagement shoot is only 125 so my bridals are free.

    Post # 21
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    Oh and Yes I am from Texas! Gonna have big Hair and everything for the Bridal shoot! I wont be displaying them at the wedding but definitely on a slide show. Yup gotta make a slideshow too! =)

    Post # 22
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I just had mine and I loved it! It was so much fun, I got a ton of great pictures that our photographer is putting into our guestbook along with engagement shots, and it was an amazing experience 🙂

    Post # 23
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    I chose “other” because, well, I’m doing them, but I’m not jumping up and down excited about it, either, lol.  We’re also going to do engagement photos.

    I asked my Fiance if we wanted to do bridal photos and he said “sure” and that our photographer would probably expect me to want to do them.  Fortunately, our photographer is a friend and knows us and knows I’m not the bridezilla type, am photogenic and that I’ll let him be creative.  (I’m tempted to tell him ‘pose me however you want”, but, welll… let’s just say I’d end up blushing during the whole shoot because of it! LOL!  we have very dirty minded friends, 😉 lol) 

    If it weren’t for that, I wouldn’t be doing them.  I’d wait till the day of because we wouldn’t have the budget for extra photos.  (One more thing I can smile smugly about – I’m having a pro do ALL my photos and my brother didn’t! hah! take that brother, dear!!!  sibling rivalry? Not at all!!! LOL!)

    Post # 24
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 1996

    It’s a tradition in the South for the bridal portraits to be taken in the weeks before the wedding, and for a portrait of the bride (huge, framed) to be displayed outside the ceremony and/or at the reception. I bought a Groupon for a $50 photo session with a photographer who is not our wedding photographers and planned to do a bridal session to please my mother and grandmother, but I never planned to have my portrait on display at the wedding. In the end, I never even got around to making this happen, mostly because my dress wasn’t done being altered and pressed until two days before the wedding. Part of me imagined I’d get them done after the wedding, since I still have the Groupon, but now my nose is pierced and I am going to get a major haircut and I don’t know about all the fuss of getting my hair and makeup done, so it probably won’t happen. Engagement photos, boudoir photos and wedding day photos were enough hassle for me! (And enough beautiful memories, of course.)

    Post # 25
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    Newbee

    Yes, its a regional thing. And its not for the bride. Its for the parents. 🙂

    Post # 26
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    Like others have said, it’s regional, and it’s so moms, grandmothers and aunts can insure they’ll have a good picture for the southern-wall-of-brides.

    Post # 27
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas

    Definitely a southern thing! I don’t know if I’ve EVER been to a wedding without a big giant photo of the bride next to the guestbook (and probably various other places around the room, haha). I’m not doing them, just because I don’t really see myself doing anything with the photos after the wedding, so it seems like a waste!

    Post # 28
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    its a southern tradition! i just had mine on wednesday and it was great – not only do we do the bridal portrait at the wedding, we have also started the GROOMs portrait at the wedding (the FH’s were getting jealous! LOL)

    but its a ton of fun, and you get to try out your look before the big day to make sure everything looks good, AND you have great pics that arent “rushed” or anything free of bridal stress.

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    @Twista: and yes its for all the women in the family to add to their wall of brides LOL!

    Post # 29
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

     

    They are in my photography package so im going to do them. Im not particularly excited about it…but after hair and make up I think it will be a good way to see what I will look like in pictures on my wedding day…and if there is something you dont like you can always change it on the wedding day!

    Post # 30
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    I don’t think it’s a “dying tradition” at all. It’s actually quite the opposite. My biggest regret from my own wedding day was not having ANY good shots of just me in my dress. My photog was amazing, but we only had him for 6 hours and I didn’t even get getting-ready pics, let alone have time in there for bridal portraits. As a photographer, I LOVE doing these sessions! They don’t have to be awkward by any means, just get a photog who makes you feel comfortable.

    Post # 31
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    I had my bridal portraits done a year AFTER the wedding! I didn’t find a single solo shot that I liked in our wedding pictures so I had mine done a year later!

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