I LOVE bridal portrait sessions! I’m sure some of you are wondering what a bridal portrait session even is – so let me take a moment to explain! A bridal session is when we do additional pictures of just the bride before the wedding day. I know that sounds a little crazy – but let me tell you why I love and think its a great idea for every bride!
- It allows you more opportunities to wear your wedding dress! You have been searching for the perfect dress for a LONG time – and its so sad that you only get to wear it once! This not only allows you to wear it twice but to get more images in it! Which leads me to number two!
- You get MORE images of you as a bride in your dress! On a wedding day I always shoot bridal portraits – but we don’t have unlimited time due to the nature of a wedding day – but with a bridal session – we have a whole hour and a half! We can even go to multiple locations or plan the session around sunrise or sunset. It also allows you extra time to feel comfortable with how your dress moves, and to “test out” any special parts of the dress. This is also the perfect time for you to have your makeup and hair trial!
- It allows you to see how you feel and if you want to make any changes! If you decide you don’t like that hairpiece or the belt – it gives you time to feel out those things – and to make any alterations before your wedding day! Also, if you want to shoot at a venue that was maybe booked on your wedding day – or wasn’t a convenient location for your wedding (like a destination bridal session!) – then we have a ton of freedom to explore those options! :)
I was thrilled to be able to do a bridal session for Meagan! And let me tell you – she is stunning! Her gown is so gorgeous and she is a natural in front of the camera! Here are just a few of my favorites from her session! :)
Venue: Sierra Vista
Florals: Jessica Mae Cortes
When I first picked up a film camera – I had no idea how to even use it! I just thought I would start shooting – and everything would come out like Style Me Pretty! That is definitely NOT what happened!!! I’ll be honest – I don’t even know where those first few images even are (I would totally show them to you though if I did – even though they are hideous!) – but I can still tell you what mistakes I made and what I learned from that first experience! Below are my 3 biggest mistakes I made when I started shooting film. I hope that maybe I can help encourage someone else who is beginning their film journey!
I had no concept of how to properly expose my film! I didn’t understand that I needed to rate my film (set it to the correct ISO on the camera) – I know that maybe sounds so basic – but I just thought if I put the ISO of film in that I wanted – then that was all I need to do! The BIGGEST mistake you can make when it comes to exposure – is to UNDEREXPOSE your film – never do that! Film is GREAT with light – and I usually overexpose my a couple of stops (and it handles that beautifully!) – but if you underexpose – you will end up with muddy shadows, the colors will be weird – and everything will look ugly and awful. When I shot my first roll of film – everything was ridiculously underexposed – and you could hardly even see what was going on in the image!
Again this may sound so basic – but I didn’t understand how to properly focus with my camera! I was used to shooting digital and always using auto focus and didn’t realize that with my camera – I had to shoot manual focus (of course some film cameras have auto focus as well – but mine at the time didn’t!)! So not only where all my pictures underexposed – they were all out of focus!
3. Not trusting myself
Once I finally understood exposure and focus (and a few other things!) – I decided to start shooting film as a part of my engagement sessions and wedding days! I would shot some film – but then always repeat with digital – because I was afraid that it wouldn’t turn out right or that I was making mistakes! When I would get my film scans back – I would always LOVE my film SO MUCH MORE than my digital – and yet I was afraid that I wouldn’t do a good job or that I would make a mistake. Its so hard when you are shooting film – because you can’t see exactly what you are getting when you shoot (like you can with digital!) – and have to wait to see the finished product for a few weeks! I had to realize that shooting film is kind of like a recipe – you make sure you add the right ingredients and then you will end up with a delicious cake! After you have been cooking or baking for a while – you know what to add to get the right type of cake! You know what things will create a tasty cake – and what will make a cake disgusting. The same principle applies to shooting film – even though you can’t “taste” it right away – you know that what you put into it will make the end result amazing! I would shoot certain parts of the wedding day with digital (even though I wanted it to be with film!) – because I was too afraid to trust that could do it. I finally decided to start shooting those moments with film – and let me tell you how happy and thrilled I was with the results! And I could have been getting those sooner – if I just trusted myself!!!
If any of these apply to you – I understand and I have been there! Feel free to send me and email or comment below and let me know what your film journey has been like! :)
Venue: Private Home
Dress: Maggie Sottero, Bridal Beginnings
Hair: Tropical Expressions
Florals: Farmer’s Daughter Flowers