WHAT TO EXPECT
The bridal session is a great time to do a trial run with the dress. What I mean by this is when you wear the dress for a session, you are moving around, which gives you a chance to see just how well the dress fits and you can have it refitted if necessary, this way you can be confident and comfortable the day of the wedding.
Makeup for your session also comes into play here because sometimes what you see in the mirror and in photographs can be two different things so you can fine tune your makeup application to look and photograph your best on your wedding day. It may seem like you are wearing more makeup than you are used to but keep in mind natural or artificial light can make you look washed out if the appropriate amount of makeup is not applied. A seasoned, professional makeup artist should know this and keep you looking great for your session and wedding day. It may be warm the day of the session and sometimes the skin can develop a shine from the heat and humidity, so keep some small tissues or skin oil removing tissues handy.
For your bridal session, I highly recommend contacting your wedding day florist, and letting him/her know you would like a small bouquet for your session. They will know to make something similar in color, but smaller for the session. It shouldn't cost much and not only adds beauty to your images, but it helps tremendously with placement of your hands.
WILL THE DRESS GET DIRTY?
Absolutely not! I've had mother of bride's bring king sized bed sheets to sessions. Not only is it unnecessary, but the sheet will show, which isn't a good look : ). If you are concerned, a small towel for the bride might come in handy if I have the bride sit on a chair or park bench, but that would be the extent of it. By simply picking up the dress when we walk from location to location and not dragging the dress, this keeps the dress clean. I won't place my brides in mud, water or dirt.
WHERE CAN I PUT MY DRESS ON?
If you can come to the session already dressed, that is the best case scenario. If not, there is usually a restroom near by to change in. Im currently looking into a portable pop up changing tent.
BRING THE VEIL!
I sometimes have brides ask if they should wear the veil for their bridal session. The answer is a resounding yes! The veil completes the look and besides, we can sometimes do some fun, creative images using the veil. So please bring it with you to the session. I can always take some images without the veil at the end of the session if needed.
WHAT SHOES SHOULD I WEAR?
Your feet will not show so wear something comfortable, but the correct height so the dress falls to the correct height from the ground. If you invested big money in shoes or your are a shoe-a-holic, don't worry, when the day of the wedding comes, I will photograph the shoes during the detail shots. (see WEDDING DAY 411 page here).
HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN I BRING WITH ME TO THE SESSION?
Too many friends and family present at your bridal session can be more of a distraction than a help. I recommend one person/ 2 people max besides the bride . Any more than that will distract you, which will diminish the natural quality your are paying me to produce. My beautiful assistant and wife Clee Randon will be on hand to help if extra hands are needed.
WHEN WILL THE IMAGES BE READY?
I normally have sessions edited within a week after the session. Your edited images will be placed on a password protected website for you to view. You will be given a download code as well to save your images for printing and (showing off) sharing. Sessions come with a choice of either 1 - 16x20 or 2- 11x14 prints for display at the wedding reception. Some brides choose to display the prints, some just want them to display at home. The choice is yours. The prints come fully retouched and mounted on art board, ready for framing. I would not recommend using glass over the print when getting it framed because we live in a high humidity environment and all it takes is a small amount of moisture to get in between the print and the glass, ultimately ruining the image. My lab uses a highly protective spray coating on all display prints, which negates the use of glass covering.