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Why You Should Consider a Bridal Portrait Session

Bride looking over shoulder during bridal portraits at the Pavilion at Silver Fork

Bridal Portraits

Most brides nowadays have heard the term “bridal portrait.” If you’re not sure what this type of session entails, or the benefits, we’re happy to help! Bridal portraits are important for two different reasons: 1) it gives the bride a trial run of their final look 2) they are able to display a print at their reception.

Think about it. Most brides will have a trial run of their hair and makeup, a fitting of their gown, and they may even have their florist make a trial run bouquet. Piecing all of this together uses everyone’s time wisely. We highly recommend that brides schedule these trials runs for the day of their portrait session, so they’re instantly camera-ready!

One of the biggest benefits of this type of session is you get to practice being in front of the camera. You’ll also get to wear your dress for longer than a few minutes to see how it really wears. You’ll have the added bonus of seeing your wedding-day look from all angles in photographs. This allows you the chance to make adjustments before the wedding day if needed. Finally, a bridal portrait session allows you to go to locations you may not have time for on the wedding day. Whether it’s on the other side of the venue’s property or the other side of town, it is possible. It’s win-win all the way around!

In the southern United States, bridal portraits are a tradition. Typically a wall portrait is made and is usually purchased by the mother-of-the-bride. This print is then put on display at the wedding reception near the cake or the guest book table. Most often, the mother then keeps the portrait for her home.

Black and white image of Tim and Shannon DeLong of DeLong Photography in Riverfront Park park smiling at the camera

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