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Once of the best things about being a wedding photographer, is the opportunity to create beautiful images for the Bride that their families will enjoy for generations to come! However, caught in the rush of planning for the wedding day, too many couples forget to take time to capture a formal bridal portrait with their wedding photographer.
Considering the amount of time and planning that goes into selecting the perfect gown, more couples should choose to schedule a bride portrait session. I’m not referring to the “formal portraits” that the wedding photographer often takes of the wedding party in between the wedding ceremony and reception. You see, there really isn’t time in between the wedding and ceremony to capture a true portrait. I mean, real portraiture. The type of portrait you would consider to be a piece of art to hang on your wall. I’m speaking specifically of a dedicated 1 to 2 hour portrait session of just the Bride where time and attention can be given to every detail.
For couples that are interested in a bride portrait session, I recommend scheduling one around the time when she is having her last gown fitting a week of so before the wedding day. Also, since I always recommend scheduling a test run with the hair stylist and makeup artist, it works out best when it can occur around the same time as the final fitting. This allows for a portrait session in her gown along with the hair and makeup as it will look on the actual wedding day. As a professional wedding photographer, I have found that this works best since the week before the wedding is hectic enough as it is and this ensures that separate hair stylist and makeup artist are not needed for the formal bridal portrait session. Unfortunately, many brides tell me that their wedding photographer will not schedule a separate portrait session with them.
If you are recently engaged and searching for a wedding photographer in Metro Detroit, I would love the opportunity to photograph your wedding day along with a formal bride portrait. Even if you have already selected another wedding photographer, I can still provide you with a formal portrait that you will be proud to hang on your wall as a piece of art! Please contact me online or call 313-883-9500 to see if I am still available for your wedding date or for a special bride portrait photography session.