What is the Purpose of Bridal Portraits? Do You Really Need Them?

 

One of the most common questions I get as a photographer is: what is the purpose of bridal portraits? Are they worth it? Do I really need them?

Today I’m sharing my honest thoughts, all bias aside.

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A bridal portrait session captures a bride in her wedding attire prior to the wedding day.

Like just about anything in the wedding world, you absolutely don’t need bridal portraits. All you need is you, your future hubs, and a few witnesses to make your wedding beautiful!

I prioritize beautiful images of a bride on her actual wedding day whether she has bridal portraits done beforehand or not. However, let me share a few reasons many brides choose to have bridal portraits taken:

I . You get to have a trial run

The main reason I love bridal portraits is that they allow you to give your wedding day look a trial run. Most hair/makeup artists include this in their cost, so it’s a great way to put the trial to good use!

You’ll be able to see whether you’re comfortable and confident so that you can make final changes before it’s too late.

II . Establishing trust between you + your photographer

It’s normal to feel a little anxious about the way you will look in front of the camera on your wedding day. Let me ease your nerves: it’s my job to pose you beautifully and ensure you feel comfortable!

Having a bridal session prior to a wedding establishes big time trust between you + your photographer and gives him/her another chance to learn how to best flatter your features.

III . The classic bridal portrait print

Many brides choose to have bridal portraits done for this one specific reason: tradition!

It is a classic wedding tradition to have a canvas print propped on an easel, or a large framed bridal portrait on display at the reception.

IV . Less rushed, more images

A classic bridal portrait is likely the most shared and “ooh-and-aaahed-over” image from your wedding for generations. Having a bridal portrait session allows you more time to nail the shot!

I prioritize beautiful images of a bride on her actual wedding day whether she has bridal portraits done beforehand or not. But more time = more images = more likelihood that you are obsessing over images of yourself!

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At the end of the day, there are many things that could keep you from taking bridal portraits. Expense, travel, lack of time, and the list goes on. I encourage you to peek at this list when deciding whether or not to add bridal portraits to your wedding photography package!