(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 # 32
    1701 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    This is a southern tradition, although it used to be very common up north. While I will make sure that there are some very good pictures of me on the day, I just don’t have the time or inclination to do it beforehand.  And what would I do with that big picture of me?

    Post # 33
    311 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Reading the comments, I’m seeing that it’s a southern thing, which makes total sense why I had NO idea what they were till I saw something about them on some wedding show.. I grew up in NY so this is completely foreign to me! More power to the ladies who do get them, who wouldn’t love dressing up and getting a photo shoot done?!

    Post # 34
    693 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I voted other, because I would not be getting them, except my Mother-In-Law is going to be getting them as a gift to me.  She did them for her daughter and enjoyed the experience so much that she wanted to get them for me as well.  I was indifferent initially, but since she has offered to get them, I am excited!

    Post # 35
    168 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    Not for me.  I’m really self conscious in front of the camera so for me it would be a waste of money seeing as I look horrible in posed pictures.

    Post # 36
    196 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I’m going to be doing them, but they won’t be displayed at the wedding. I’m Souther, so they may have something to do with it. Also, my good friend from high school is the photographer, so it’s not going to add anything else to the budget. I just wanted to do it because it will be stress free. I won’t be trying to deal with people and making sure everything is in it’s place, and I won’t be sweating, crying, shaking… You know…

    But, that’s just me. I think it’s a personal preference.

    Post # 37
    3315 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    We didn’t have engagement pictures or bridal pictures.  And we had more than the average number of brides!

    Honestly, I think the photography thing has gotten totally out of hand.  Photos are supposed to help you remember (or show others) what happened on your wedding day.  However, I see so many women talking about how they need to do such-and-such on their wedding day “because it will look better in photos.”  So instead of the photos recording the actual wedding day, the wedding day is being manipulated in the interest of the photos.

    When I got married the first time, in 1977, engagement sessions were not common.  At most, there was one engagement photo for the engagement announcement in the newspaper.  (I came from a small town.)  There were no bridal portraits, or TTDs, either.  At this point, I see people paying more for photography alone than I paid for my whole wedding.

    That’s fine if you have the money, and want to do it.  However, just remember that the point of the wedding day is to end up married to the one you love, not to have great pictures.

    Post # 38
    33 posts
    • Wedding: December 2013

    I’m kind of in a similar situation.  My argument with preceding hoots is I really don’t want my fh to see me in my dress before the wedding.  But I don’t want to wear the studios dresses either. 

    Post # 39
    240 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    Here we have “studio portraits” where both the bride and groom get dressed up (not necessarily in what they’ll be wearing on their actual wedding day) and spend a day at a studio taking photos. Honestly the photos look like some kind of magazine editorial. Pretty, but unnatural. And, of course, are super expensive. 

    I’m willing to pay for a good photographer for the day of the wedding, but I can’t justify the expensive of getting dressed up to take posed photos in a studio. (Even if we had the money, I doubt I could convince my Fiance to agree to it, lol.)

    Here’s an example for your amusement, from a studio called Wongyu Difference Studio:


    Post # 39
    10 posts
    • Wedding: April 2015

    So my bridal portraits were just part of the package that I got from my photographer.   I agree that it’s a Southern thing, even though my mom was confused why we were doing them.  The wedding day isn’t for another month but I’m super glad I got them done.  I had them done at the same location that the wedding is going to be (my parents house) but I think a lot of people get them done at different locations.  I would do it again though, my photographer now has a ton of ideas for where she wants to shot on the big day!

    Post # 40
    1130 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2014

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    Rgeddy:  I didn’t.  My photographer asked me when I wanted to take my bridal photos and we asked him if he could just do an egagement session instead.  I also saw no need for bridal photos.  

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