In preparing for our move to New York, there are a few southern traditions I am extremely sad to be leaving behind – chicken biscuits, monogrammed everything, sweet tea, pimento cheese, a generally slower pace of life, and the list goes on. But as a photographer, I am hopeful to carry on the southern tradition of bridal portraits to brides in New York and beyond. Like with most southern traditions, bridal portraits have a history – according to Southern Weddings, bridal portraits likely became commonplace before World War II, when it was rare to have a photographer at your wedding, so bridal portraits were taken in the photographer’s studio before or after the couple’s wedding.
I generally schedule bridal portraits about one month before the wedding, allowing for a true trial run of wearing and moving in a wedding dress, carrying flowers, wearing jewelry, and finalizing hair and make-up choices. It also allows the bride and photographer valuable time together prior to the wedding day, capturing classic, timeless images without the hustle and bustle of wedding day activities. Just as with engagement photos, time together prior to the wedding day ensures the photographer gets a true sense of the bride’s personality, how the bride looks most natural, and angles that work best for capturing the dress and bride’s emotion. Some brides prefer to choose a location that will be on the grounds of their ceremony and reception, as in the photos above, and some brides prefer to chose a meaningful location that would not otherwise be captured on the wedding day, as Kathryn did in her Parisian-inspired bridal portraits.
No matter the location, bridal portraits are the perfect way to capture the anticipation and excitement of imagining your groom and wedding day, instead of the stress and worry that can sometimes take over on the actual day!