'Cause God gave me you for the ups and downs
God gave me you for the days of doubt
For when I think I've lost my way
There are no words here left to say, it's true
God gave me you, gave me you
Kristin & Grady tied the knot two years ago on a beautiful Pennsylvania summer day. I had the privilege of taking their engagement photos and being a bridesmaid on their special day. Fun fact: they were both in our wedding party and met at our wedding!! I bet you didn't know I was a photographer AND a matchmaker too, did ya?
They are always a joy to have in front of my camera so when Kristin proposed the idea of doing post-wedding photos I jumped all over the opportunity. I absolutely LOVE this idea!!
Almost everyone knows about engagement or bridal sessions. I had bridal portraits taken the week before our wedding. I had my practice hair and make up done the Tuesday before our wedding, so I figured since I was going to be all dolled up with no place to go, why not get photos done?! I am so glad that I did. It was one less thing I had to work in to the hustle and bustle of our wedding day.
But post-wedding sessions? Nah, they aren't that well-known. I'd never even heard of them myself, granted I have yet to break into the wedding photography world, but still, I think this is a fairly new concept. And I am here for it.
So what the heck is a post-wedding session? Basically an engagement session but with your fancy wedding attire on.
Why do them? After doing K & G's session, I can think of a few reasons!
- You get lots of wedding portraits AND you get to spend your wedding day with your friends and family (in other words, you don't have to skip cocktail hour to get photos!)
- You don't have to worry about getting your wedding attire dirty on your wedding day in all the commotion
- You'll have endless location options that you could never fit into your wedding day logistics
- Your wedding day is busy and doesn't always allow for the laid-back feel you want for your photos
And while I have never photographed couples on their wedding day, I did notice how relaxed and at ease Kristin and Grady were. Although it should be noted that Kristin had planned her wedding day so perfectly, it went flawless without a hiccup and there was absolutely zero stress. Post-wedding photos are a unique way to take the pressure off the couple and the photographer on the wedding day. It's an opportunity to creatively photograph a couple in their gorgeous attire without any time constraints or location limitations. I'm in the business of capturing happiness, so if I'm not mistaken, this is sounds like a good gig for everyone!
So what do you think? Post-wedding portraits are the next big thing, yeah?! Scroll on and see for yourself how Kristin and Grady rocked their session!