4 Reasons for a Formal Bridal Se ssion
In this time of informality, we rarely see the formal bridal portrait, the one that was taken before the wedding, in a studio or even outside in an arbor, by the river or in the garden. That’s a shame, because that tradition was also useful. The bride was able to really see herself, with full makeup, hair, gown, veil – the whole thing.
1. The bride could be sure that her chosen hairstyle really fit the veil; was the look she really wanted. There is nothing worse than looking in the mirror and realizing that that hoped for look, just isn’t right, an hour before the ceremony!
2. How does that dress really look? When you look in the mirror, you often see what you expect to see. But when you see it in a photograph you really see it, from every angle. Is that back detail perfect? Remember, most people will spend a lot of time looking at the bride’s back!
3. Is the jewelry right? With a formal portrait, the bride can change her jewelry, try it all out. Are the pearls right, or should there be a lot more bling?
4. Finally, the makeup. It may look wonderful in the mirror, but how does it look far away? How does it look in pictures? After all, after the cake has been eaten, the dances are over – what do you have? The pictures!
We encourage brides to consider a formal portrait session. If she will have someone doing her hair and makeup, have them accompany her to the session if possible. Our makeup area is at her disposal for the session. Our Maytown studios are available, or her portrait can be done in her favorite spot. (But remember, don’t make it anywhere that the dress could be ruined!)