Katlyn’s Beautiful Bridal Portraits: A “Do It” Case Study

When we first met with Katlyn and Ryan we discussed both bridal and engagement portrait sessions.  I honestly do not remember why they did not want an engagement session but it was off the table quickly and I was fine with that.  But then we talked about what she hoped for on her wedding day and it became clear that she really wanted to spend most of the cocktail hour with her guests so I put on a full court press for two things…a bridal portrait and a first look.  Her mom wanted the bridal portrait as well so that helped but it still took some convincing and she had to think about it but she came around and we did it with a couple conditions. 1) She was doing it to have greater variety of images of her in her wedding day not to have a 20×24 framed enlargement on display at her reception; 2) Her dress would not be ready until a few weeks before the wedding so it would be close to the wedding date.  That was easy… done and done! (by the way she and Ryan also agreed on the first look and that made her day one of the most awesome days for us (cause we could get more of what we needed and wanted and for them because they did not feel rushed or felt that time was getting away from them all day!).

The wedding is to be held at The Island House so she chose Folly Beach for the bridal portrait.  Folly means a lot to her and Ryan so it would feel significant as well.  Check these out!  So thrilled!   And that sunset….OMG!

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©Rick Dean Photography 2016
Chace Bridal Portrait
Folly Beach County Park

Some of our other reasons to do a bridal portrait include 1) Bride is camera shy.  This is a quiet and private opportunity to get images and take the time needed for you to relax and enjoy the process.  2) You can have multiple locations to enhance the look and feel of your wedding imagery. 2) You get a true “trial run” wearing your wedding dress outside of the showroom.  You are in it for 2 to three hours.  You are walking around.  If the fit is not perfect you will know and have time to get it corrected.  If there is a “wardrobe malfunction” it “should happen during the portrait. (did I ever mention that I had to sew a bride into her wedding dress when the 24 inch long zipper snapped).  3)  This is also a great day to test your hair and make-up.  Sounds to me like a win-win.  Now some brides will say they do not want to get the dress dirty and I can acknowledge that issue but it is truly not a factor.  I tell every bride after the bridal to hang the dress on the shower rod at home as soon as she takes it off and not to look at it for 24 hours.  Then with a soft bristled brush, lightly whisk any sand, grass or other organic matter from the dress.  So far… we have never had an issue.  It’s not that it can’t happen but we take every precaution so it does not.  Some brides will take it back to the showroom for a steam and a once over but in most cases that is just to make them feel better versus a true spot clean.

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©Rick Dean Photography 2016
Chace Bridal Portrait
Folly Beach County Park

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©Rick Dean Photography 2016
Chace Bridal Portrait
Folly Beach County Park

charleston wedding photography

©Rick Dean Photography 2016
Chace Bridal Portrait
Folly Beach County Park

charleston wedding photography

©Rick Dean Photography 2016
Chace Bridal Portrait
Folly Beach County Park

charleston wedding photographer

©Rick Dean Photography 2016
Chace Bridal Portrait
Folly Beach County Park