Hundreds of years ago, women in the South would “sit” for a portrait in the local photographer’s studio. It would be a very traditional portrait, photographed on a black or grey backdrop then printed and framed to be displayed in the woman’s home (or displayed in a lineage collage in the bride’s mother’s home).
When I first started in the industry almost 10 years ago, a handful of brides were still asking for this indoor, traditional photo but the trend towards modern bridal portraits soon took over. Now, women want portraits taken in their wedding gowns a month or so before the wedding day at locations they find particularly beautiful. We have taken bridal portraits on farms, at antebellum mansions, burned down church ruins, inside gorgeous hotels….you name it! The creative options are endless and we all look forward to these sessions. It’s a perfect time for a bride to schedule her trial hair/makeup run and to get comfortable actually wearing her gown for a few hours. All the focus is on her this day and takes a great deal of pressure off of wedding day (since we already have so many gorgeous images of the bride alone).
Kimberly became Mrs. Phelps this past weekend so we can now show off her bridal portraits. Great work by OSS photographer, Dana, at her session back in late June. Enjoy the images below and be sure to book your bridal session soon!