bridal Portraits

session details, tips, and answers


the experience

Having bridal portraits taken before your wedding is not necessary, but over the years, I’ve learned that it does relieve some stress and time on your wedding day.  With a bridal session, you’ll have the opportunity to ensure that you love your hair and makeup, are satisfied with the style of your bouquet, get more comfortable with your wedding venue, and finalize your “bridal look.” With this 1-hour session, we will capture you and your wardrobe and accessory details, giving us more time on your wedding day to focus on the other important details of your big day.


The Details

Where & When?

I suggest your bridal portraits be taken at your venue so your photos feel like they were taken on your wedding day. In my experience, most venues will give you access to the space on a weekday when there are not events scheduled.

The best time to take bridal portraits is 4-6 weeks before your wedding. With this timeline, I can get photos back to you for wedding day use and allows ample time to make any hair, makeup, or accessory changes, if needed.


session checklist

prepare for your session by fulfilling each of these items:



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Should I bring someone or come alone?

I suggest that you bring someone along for your bridal session. It takes time to perfect bridal photos and it’s helpful to have someone to hold your bouquet or adjust your dress while I’m taking photographs. I’m more than happy to do it myself, but it’s much faster with someone there to help. Plus, if you have a complicated dress it’s nice to bring someone along to help.

What should I bring?

Besides your wedding dress, shoes, veil, and bouquet here are a few things that you might find helpful or things you want to include.

  • A comb or brush and hair spray.
  • A light face powder to reduce any shine on your face that may build up during your shoot.
  • A towel to dampen your face depending on humidity and South.
  • Bring two pairs of shoes. You will need your dress shoes; especially if the hem on your dress is altered based on the height of the heels. However, those dress shoes can be uncomfortable so bring some comfy shoes like flip-flops just in case.
  • Sentimental items, perfume, garter, your something blue


 How long will the session be?

Bridals typically take about 1.5-2 hours. We spend a lot of time adjusting and making sure stray hairs are in place and the veil hasn’t started to fall off. 

When can I expect to see my photos?

Bridal sessions typically take about 2 weeks to deliver. 

Anything else helpful that I should know?

Drink plenty of water and get a good night’s sleep the night before. You want to be well-rested and both those things help with avoiding dark circles.

Avoid being in the sun the week before your session. Retouching tan lines or sunburns is time-consuming and will make delivery take longer,

Bring someone supportive. You want a positive and uplifting person cheering you on and helping during the session.

Get your makeup done first and then your hair. If you have an updo or curls you don’t want them to fall. Especially in the Louisiana heat. 

Schedule hair and makeup about 1-1.5 hours before your session depending on the style and how long it will take. Also, consider travel time to the location.