1. Prepare your skin for the photo session — Stay out of the sun about a week before your shoot. This is pretty self explanatory. You don’t want to get a weird tan or burn and find that your skin is pealing during your photo-shoot. do NOT schedule your chemical skin peal, eyebrow waxing, or anything else that’s going to aggravate your skin before your photo-shoot. Check out some tips on preparing your skin on a previous blog – How to prepare your Skin for your Wedding.
2. Drink plenty of water & eat a decent meal before the shoot. In fact, bring water along with you. Depending on the time of year, the Houston heat can be blistering, and wedding dresses are known for their lack of air flow. Take brakes and make sure to get plenty of air flow under your dress any time you can while taking photos. We don’t need you fainting of heat exhaustion. If you feel funny, don’t hesitate to tell your photographer.
3. Hire a professional make up artist & hair stylist. If you’re planing on having a professional makeup artist for your wedding, which I suggest, this is your chance to test out the vendor. Same for the hair stylist. Your bridal photo-shoot is sort of like a dry run for your wedding appearance. Get everything out of it that you can.
4. Bring a friend to two with you to the shoot. Your mother, maid of honor… someone who will be there to help you feel comfortable. Someone fun to be with, who can make you laugh and smile.
5. Leave your cell phones in the car. Distractions can take away from the photo-shoot. You only have a limited time to get the right photos in the right light. Totally immerse yourself in the shoot, and the magic that can be present.
6. Leave the bedsheets at home. Your dress won’t lay right with a bulky sheet under it. You can bring a pillow case for any of your sitting poses. The most that will happen to your dress is the underside might get a little dirty. Trust me, no one will be looking at the hem of your dress on your wedding day, and it’s just going to get dirty the day of anyway.
I actually walked around in a bar and a live train track for my bridal photos, and the dress was just a little dirty at the hem.
7. Bring ALL the accessories you’re planing, or thinking about using/wearing at your wedding. This includes your bridal bouquet, which should be included with your florist package. Call at least a few weeks in advance to make sure the florist will have your bouquet ready.
Final notes: Your bridal photos need to be taken at least 2 weeks before your wedding, I suggest they be shot 3-4 weeks before your wedding. Make sure to arrange to have your wedding dress altered and ready to go about a month before your wedding.
Bridal photos are taken about 2 hours before dusk for the best possible lighting. Make sure to get there a little early to give you and the photographer time to get situated.