What's new is old is new is old....you probably get it.
With the advent of candid or photojournalistic wedding photography (which I helped pioneer umpteen jillion years ago it seems), the art of the classic bridal portrait seems to have gotten lost. Just try googling it and you either get semi-posed candid shots on the wedding day or 20 year old portraits.
I've created a scenario for doing bridal portraits that I think a lot of brides will buy into. Many brides will schedule a practice hair/make-up session shortly before their wedding day. Since they're already "beautified" I invite them to grab their wedding dress and come over to the studio for a portrait session. This is a great opportunity for a bride to simulate what she'll look and feel like on her wedding day.
This relaxed setting provides the perfect atmosphere to create beautiful portraits that are significantly better than those created on the wedding day. The wedding day is a rush (often a blur) and most wedding photographers are best prepared for grabbing shots on the run. Although, spontaneous, they often lack the artful beauty and technical quality of a classic portrait. They're hardly ever sharp or resolved enough to enlarge and hang on the wall. In the studio, the entire environment is controllable from lighting to the pace we shoot at.
Because a bridal portrait session is done before the wedding day, it's possible to print, mount, and frame a portrait that can be displayed at the wedding reception.
This is what the set-up looked like when we shot Greta recently.
Images from the shoot follow. Be sure to click on each image to enlarge it and see its full color and beauty.
You can see the rest of the images from this shoot here:
Be sure to contact me if you'd like more information about Classic Bridal Portraits.
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Edina, MN 55435