I've been dying to post these photos! I keep telling all my new brides about them, but I couldn't show anyone until Micah and Becky actually tied the knot. Now that they are happily wed, I happily present Becky's Bridal Portraits!
I had so much fun with this session. Becky is (obviously) gorgeous and adorable, plus we had her mom, sisters, brothers, and a friend come along to help carry the dress, fluff the veil, and keep Becky laughing and smiling. They were all so helpful and excited to be part of the session--I felt like I had a whole team of assistants!
How cute are these guys with their big sis?
Still, the best part was getting hundreds of beautiful photos without ever worrying about a wedding timeline.
It takes awhile to choose a location, get the lighting right, pose the bride, fix her dress and veil, and get her to laugh, smile, etc. Unfortunately, time is generally in short supply on the wedding day because there are a hundred things on the to-do list. So beautiful bridal portraits can fall right through the cracks.
Most brides spend days or even weeks choosing their dress, veil, shoes, hairstyle, makeup, and jewelry. After all that work, why not spend two or three hours capturing the full picture of your bridal details? Unlike your wedding day, you can go anywhere you want and take as long as you need to get your dream photos.
Here's how we did it with Becky: she scheduled a trial-run with her hair and makeup stylists in the morning and then I took her photos in the afternoon. We chose a day about two weeks before her wedding--close enough so her dress would be fully fitted but not so close that she would have last-minute wedding duties to think about. We started our session in Becky's Arlington neighborhood, then moved to Georgetown for photos in a garden and along the canals.
On her wedding day, Becky walked up to me and said, "Rachael, I am SO glad we already took all those photos !" Not only was she more comfortable in front of the camera, she also knew she looked amazing (because I'd showed her some of these photos). Most importantly, she had one less thing to worry about that day, which meant she felt more relaxed and was able to be more present for her actual wedding.