3 Tips for Timeless Bridal Portraits

We always get so excited when people want to use McAlister-Leftwich House for their bridal portraits! Why? Because we believe they are a special and precious time in the planning process for the bride. It is a chance to see your whole look put together for, what is most likely, the first time. This is not a small thing! It may sound simple, but there is something powerful about seeing yourself as a bride as you will be when you walk down the aisle to marry your sweetheart.

Because we love bridal portraits so much, we put together three tips to create timeless portraits you will cherish for years to come!

Photography by Amanda Castle


1. Bring the people you want to share this special moment with.

As I said, this is such a sweet time! I chose to have my mom, sister, and one of my bridesmaids join me for my portraits and it was such a special thing to do with them. We were all in tears as I looked in the mirror for the first time! The people you bring should add joy to the experience, not unnecessary stress. Keep it small (if that’s your style) and keep it fun. This shouldn’t feel overwhelming or too serious!

Photography by Hillary Muelleck


2. Choose a venue that accentuates your bridal look.

Your goal in choosing your location is that it highlights you, not distracts. We love that we get to offer our brides a complimentary bridal session because it allows them to just be in the space they will be married in. They can soak in all of the beauty of the space in an unrushed setting, so on the day of their wedding, it will already feel like home. Whether or not you choose to do your bridal portraits at your wedding venue, pick a place that feels like you.

Photography by Melissa Blythe


3. Hire a photographer that makes you feel comfortable and beautiful.

One of the biggest hesitations I hear from people about bridal portraits is that they feel uncomfortable being the only one in front of the camera. I get it, it can feel awkward! But if you choose a photographer that has the ability to make you feel at ease and makes you feel lovely, well then you’ve found the right person. Within minutes you’ll feel natural and like you belong on the cover of Brides Magazine…well maybe not, but I promise it will be so enjoyable!


Have you done bridal portraits? Is there anything you’d add to this list?


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