Do your bridal pictures look like this?
You’ve seen bridal pictures before – amazing, jaw dropping works of epic art. Scenes that seem straight out of a fairy tale, perfect moments in a perfect location. Hair and makeup perfect, everything lit just right – these amazing images are what most brides to be are bombarded with as they head toward their wedding. You see them in bridal magazines, wedding websites, television commercials – even in movies. You can’t help it – you want them too, and why not? They ARE beautiful! You want them, and you just assume you will get them. Be honest now… did you?
I am not talking about all the pictures of your wedding day. I am talking about pictures of just the bride (maybe a few with the groom) looking and feeling like a supermodel with amazing pictures that stun and amaze all who see them. A bride in her beautiful dress sitting on an amazing couch looking confidently into the camera, a bride in her bridal robe looking thoughtful and angelic with the wedding dress not on but in the picture. C’mon, admit it – they are AMAZING pictures that you wanted. So… did ya get em?
Probably not. Now, it’s not your wedding photographers fault. You most likely got the absolutely best possible pictures of your wedding day, and they are probably beautiful, and you are probably justifiably thrilled with what you did get. But the pictures of the bride…. They are known as a “bridal session” – and, 99% of the time, an amazing bridal session is just not possible on the actual wedding day. On your wedding day, there is just too much going on. Too many people running around trying to make sure everything is perfect. Let’s talk about the room you actually get ready in. It will probably be pretty small. Movies like to show brides getting ready in large beautiful rooms – but the reality is the rooms are usually very small, they have TERRIBLE lighting, and they are filled with the bride, bridal party, hair stylist, makeup artist and all the items those people bring with them (shoes, clothes, purses, cell phones, drinks, food, etc.) so this small, poorly lit, crowded room is also VERY cluttered. That doesn’t make for good pictures. Let’s not forget – you are getting ready for an ACTUAL wedding! There is just SO much to do on your wedding day, not to mention that almost NO wedding ever runs on time – they almost always seem to be running late. Most photographers will agree the area that almost ALWAYS suffers time cuts and rushing is the pictures, the formal pictures with the entire bridal party and family. We all want 45 minutes or even an hour, but the reality is we usually struggle to even get 30 minutes.
So, on your wedding day, there is just no good location to do a bridal session, and there is no time to do one.
But you DID see all those amazing pictures… so what gives? I’m gonna let you in on a little secret…. They fake it! They DON’T do it on the wedding day!
A good bridal session requires time, a good amount of it. It also requires an uncluttered room, amazing lighting – and as few people around as possible. It’s just not possible to do this on a wedding day – obviously the actual wedding takes priority (rightly so) on the wedding day. So, for a bridal session, we arrange for the bride to meet up with us at a location we all choose together, and we do it like 2-3 weeks before or after the wedding! We DON’T do it on the wedding day! We bring in a hair stylist and a makeup artist and spend about 2 hours treating the bride like a super model (in a GOOD way, lol!) – we then have the time to make sure the lighting is PERFECT, we make sure the location is BEAUTIFUL (no clutter to be found). We spend time teaching the bride how to pose (if needed) so that she actually looks like a princess straight out of a Disney fairy tale! Doing it this way, we can take the time to make sure these pictures are PERFECT – that they are everything you have been dreaming about! We give our brides works of art that they will love and cherish forever.
But there’s another problem. Bridal sessions aren’t really a “thing” here in Southern California. They are quite common and popular in the Midwest region of America, but for some reason no one seems to do them here in SoCal. Well, WE think SoCal brides are the most beautiful brides there are, and they SHOULD have access to amazing bridal pictures that you can ONLY get from a controlled bridal session! So we DO offer bridal sessions. I am not sure if we are the ONLY wedding photographers in SoCal that do this (I personally don’t know of any others that do), but at the very least we are among the very few who do!
We offer a bridal session as part of our deluxe wedding collection (which is already lower that every SoCal wedding photographers that I know of) at no extra charge. So if you go with us, and pick that collection, then you automatically get one. The full deal – hair, makeup, lighting, location – the works.
But what if we are NOT your wedding photographer? What if your wedding has ALREADY taken place? Are you out of luck? Nope! We can still help you! We can simply do the bridal session for you. All you need is your wedding dress (or get a wedding dress that you want to be photographed in), and the desire to be in amazing works of art where you look like a supermodel/princess! If you have already booked a wedding photographer, that’s fine – you can still hire us for a bridal shoot. If you already got married, you can still hire us to do a bridal session for you! We will make you look and feel beautiful, we will create works of art that you will LOVE forever!
We offer a bridal session (usually about 2 hours) where we bring in a hair stylist, makeup artist and we (you and us) decide on an AMAZING location. We go all out on lighting and posing and create images that will become family treasures! You get all the images on disc PLUS a 16x20 print of your favorite image from the session (additional prints are also available)! All of this for $400!
So if you are interested in this – PLEASE contact us so we can start setting something up!
Rob Morris Photography