Bridal Portraits Manhattan
Susan Stripling Photography

Bridal Portraits Manhattan

I have always loved photographing bridal portraits in the studio.  There is something so special about this type of session, and I have been shooting studio bridal portraits since beginning my photography business in 2002.


Manhattan bridal portraits

While it's always wonderful to capture bridal portraits on a bride's actual wedding day, sometimes that doesn't happen.  What are a variety of reasons why a bridal portrait might not happen on someone's actual wedding day?

  • The timeline runs late for random reasons
  • Hair and makeup run late
  • The first look runs late
  • The bride is stressed and doesn't feel super comfortable taking extra time to pose for individual portraits
  • There isn't enough time factored into the timeline
  • Bridal portraits aren't a priority for the clients on the wedding day itself
  • The bride wants bridal portraits in a specific location but cannot because she doesn't want to get dirty, to travel to that location, or it doesn't fit into the timing of the wedding day itself

What do you do if you're a bride, want bridal portraits, but one (or more!) of these bullet points might end up applying to you?  What do you do then?

What is a Bridal Portrait?

Pre-wedding bridal portraits used to be an extremely popular type of shoot when I lived in the south.  

What is a pre-wedding bridal portrait?  Put super simply, it's any bridal portrait session that takes place before the wedding event day itself.  Brides used these images on their card tables, on display at their receptions, on in a variety of other decorative ways during the wedding day.

Post-wedding bridal portrait sessions were also quite popular.  This was the same type of bridal portrait session, only it took place after the wedding day instead of before the wedding day.

I have always wished these types of sessions were more popular in New York, Manhattan, and Brooklyn.  I think they're a tremendous way to take some pressure off of the bride on the wedding day.  I also believe that are a great add-on to any wedding photography coverage.


Brooklyn bridal portraits

If you're looking to book a bridal portrait in Brooklyn or Manhattan, please contact us!  I'd love to talk to you about your photography needs, and let you know how these super-fun sessions work.


Location: 67 35th Street, Suite B528, Box 71, Brooklyn, New York, 11232.

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