Future brides and grooms are in full planning mode, thinking about flowers, centerpieces, dresses, favors, colors, and cakes. However, let’s not forget one important detail, photography. Finding a photographer that fits your style and needs is an important task. Once you have made your selection, keep in mind there is an excellent way to get to know this person before the wedding day shoot. And I’m not just talking about a meet and greet over coffee, that’s why we love White Ivory Photography! White Ivory Photography takes the time to get to know the bride and groom and cater to their wants and needs.
Bridal and engagment photography is super important when planning your wedding day photography. Having this type of session prior to the big day will provide you both with, what Sandra at White Ivory Photography calls, the three “C’s”; confidence, creativity and composure. Characteristics you wish for and want to possess on your wedding day so that you feel comfortable in front of the camera. Have you considered this type of session prior to your big day? Surprisingly, there are many couples out there that have not even thought about doing this. Sandra was completely unaware that you could do this when she got married and its popularity was not quite at its peak yet.
Here are some really great reasons why an engagement and bridal session will help create “knock your socks off” wedding pictures.
1. You are creating a comfort zone and air of familiarity with your photographer. It’s not easy for everyone to be the subject of a photo shoot. This time will allow you to learn how to relax, leaving your nerves at the door on your wedding day. You are getting to know your photographer while he or she is getting to know you and your fiancé. There’s no better way to create that confidence you might be lacking.
2. Learning to pose and take direction from your photographer. Each photographer is unique and guides their subjects in a different manner. This is a great time to get comfortable with your photographers method(s), which will make the wedding day seem all that much easier. Working with your photographer on posing will help settle the nerves and allow you to develop the composure you need for the wedding.
3. Practice your hair and makeup. Now is the time to get creative. Waiting until right before your wedding to choose the look that’s right for you isn’t the best idea! Doing a bridal photography session is a great opportunity to test the “look” you want and see how it comes out. This will give you a chance to look at the pictures and decide if your hair and make-up works for you. The same goes for your wedding dress. You will see if it needs any adjustments.
4. Discuss the pictures from your bridal and/or engagement shoot. Don’t be embarrassed to speak up. This is your day and it is your photographer’s job to do his or her utmost to make you and your fiancée shine! Let them know if there are some unflattering angles or body parts that you want to avoid being photographed, or any skin imperfection(s) that you would like removed in post production.
5. Use the images from your engagement session for save the date cards. There are so many uses for your bridal and engagement photography. You could also enlarge a picture to use at your reception, welcome table and/or simply to have people sign the mat surrounding the picture that you will have framed. These are some ideas that add great finishing touches to your wedding day! People always love to look at beautiful pictures and receive them as gifts.
We hope this information will help you in your journey towards your wedding. Like Sandra always says, practice makes perfect, so why not take advantage of the trial run beforehand? Most of all have fun with it, and let your personalities shine through! Call your photographer and schedule that engagement or bridal session today. You won’t regret it!