Hey y'all! I’m Haleigh, 

- a wedding photographer based in Louisiana and serving the Southern US. I adore serving kindhearted couples who value timeless and romantic imagery. From sweeping veils to Southern estates and madly in love couples, you’ll find all the dreamy and heartfelt images right here on the blog!

January 31, 2023

Why Have A Bridal Session? | Haleigh Kirkland Photography

why have a bridal session

If you’re newly engaged and in the midst of planning your special day, one of the questions you might be asking is “why have a bridal session?”. In case you don’t know what a bridal session is, this is a time that I spend photographing the bride prior to the wedding day (typically 1-2 months before the wedding date or whenever the dress is back from alterations). This often hour long session is such a beautiful Southern tradition.

There are so many important reasons why you should consider having one!! Here are just a few tips to help shed some light on this important part of your wedding journey.

bridal session at Dunleith Historic inn in Natchez, Mississippi
Dunleith Historic Inn – Natchez, Mississippi | Blog Post

Hair and Makeup Trial

When one of my bride’s chooses a bridal session, I always recommend that they have the same hair and makeup team prep them for their session. Doing this, allows you to see if you like your chosen hair and makeup style ahead of time. This will give you so much more confidence going into your wedding day! You may have thought you wanted your hair down but during a session you may realize that your hair would look better up with your dress. Knowing this decision ahead of time can save you so much time on your wedding day!

bridal session at the Pitot House in New Orleans, Louisiana
The Pitot House – New Orleans, Louisiana | Blog Post

Test the Dress

Prior to your wedding day, you will have only worn your dress during fittings. You need real world experience with your dress! A bridal session allows you try walking and sitting with your dress. I have had brides before that realized they needed extra alterations done after their session! This is another relief you will be glad to have found out ahead of time.

bridal session at The Southern Hotel in Covington, Louisiana
The Southern Hotel – Covington, Louisiana | Blog Post

Prints, Prints, Prints!

Most of my brides choose a large photo from their bridal session to print, frame, and display at their wedding reception. Even choosing a large canvas print is a stunning option! This is not only a beautiful addition to your reception decor, but also a sweet memento from the day. Some brides even choose to gift prints to their parents or grandparents as a special thank you for being a part of their lives.

bridal session at the BB Club in Vicksburg, Mississippi
The B.B. Club – Vicksburg, Mississippi | Blog Post

More Bridal Considerations

Do you live out of state or just can’t seem to find time to add in a bridal session prior to the wedding day? Consider adding on extra coverage to your wedding day just for bridals! With this extra time we can allot 20-30 extra minutes at your venue for portraits of you in your beautiful gown!

bridal session at Nottoway Resort in White Castle, Louisiana
Nottoway Resort – White Castle, Louisiana | Blog Post

Other Wedding Photography Links

Ready to book your wedding day and bridal session? Contact me today to learn more about reserving your date!

Wondering why you should have an engagement session? Check out my other blog post HERE to learn more about the benefits of this special type of session!

Keep up with all of my latest work on my Instagram! You’ll always find new and beautiful wedding inspiration there!

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