Fairhope Wedding Photographer & Educator | Ellison Smith Creative- Formerly Goodie & Smith Weddings

Preparing for Your Bridal Portraits

Today, many brides are opting to have a bridal portrait session with their wedding photographer before the big day. These sessions are a great chance to slip into your wedding dress and capture some extra portraits. Bridal portrait sessions are meant to be fun and in order to keep them stress-free, here’s a few tips for your bridal session!

classic bridal portraits by Ellison Smith Creative in Fairhope AL

5 Tips for Your Bridal Portraits

Tip #1: Schedule your session for after your final fitting.

Once you’ve got an idea as to when your final fitting for your wedding dress will be done, send me an email. I want to get you on the calendar between whenever your dress will arrive back to the shop and your wedding day. Plus, knowing that your gown will be completely altered and ready to wear means there’s no stress in wondering when your dress will be done! 

Ellison Smith Creative captures Alabama bridal portraits

Tip#2: Choose a location that you love.

For some brides, this might be the venue they’re getting married at. For others, it may be somewhere you’d love to have portraits at but may not make logistical sense on your wedding day. There are  some beautiful venues around here. Take a look at The Grand Hotel, Little Point Clear, the Pillars, Lucia Bleu Cottages and Bella Sera Gardens for some inspiration locally!

tips for Southern Bridal portraits by Ellison Smith Creative

Tip #3: Use your session as a trial for hair and makeup.

Still not totally sure what you want to do with your hair or makeup for your wedding day? Try out the look you’re thinking about for your bridal portraits! If you’re doing anything out of the ordinary, it’s also a great chance to feel comfortable wearing more makeup than normal or a different hairstyle.

five tips for a successful bridal portrait session with Ellison Smith Creative

Tip #4: Bring someone with you!

Whether it’s your mom, sister, best friend, or mother-in-law, having someone with you to help with your dress, jewelry, veil, and just general support can be a wonderful way to keep your session stress-free. Try to keep the number of people low (like when you shopped for your dress!) so it isn’t overwhelming. 

Tip #5: Have fun!

These portraits are a chance to just enjoy being a bride. Take some time to have a glass of champagne! Enjoy your makeup and hair trial, and be excited to wear your wedding dress another time!! Wedding planning can be stressful. So, look at these portraits as a chance to do something for yourself before the big day. 

traditional bridal portrait with veil around shoulders by AL wedding photographers Ellison Smith Creative

Bridal portrait sessions are a great way to celebrate being the bride! I love photographing brides in their gowns before the big day. There’s something so special about those moments. Not to mention, these portraits are always a great chance to be artistic and have some fun with the bride! Plus, we don’t have to rush to your wedding day to get a ton of bridal portraits. We can enjoy some time capturing other portraits – or letting you have some time to breathe. If you’re ready to book your bridal portrait session, send us a message here

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Fairhope Alabama Wedding Photographer formerly Goodie and Smith weddings

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Hi! I’m Jessica, owner and lead photographer at Ellison Smith Creative- the Gulf Coast’s only full service wedding photography studio. I am so glad you’re here! Please show yourself around and you’ll soon see that I believe that my clients DESERVE IT ALL! 

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