The Bridal Experience
If your wedding package comes with a bridal session or if you choose to add on a bridal session I tend to like to have these scheduled 2 -3 months before your special day. Please let your seamstress know that you will need your dress to be ready and your final fitting to be BEFORE this timeframe. This allows for incase we have to reschedule due to inclement weather, editing time, delivery, and gives time for you to order prints that you may want to display at your reception venue. After the bridal session you will feel even more comfortable with me thus allowing you to be more at ease with me photographing your special day.
If you are a Reed Through The Lens Bride meaning you have a signed contract with me and the non refundable retainer has been paid and you wish to have this session done as an add on, the cost to you will either be free if you choose the wedding package that includes one free session or if you choose engagements as your free add on session and you still wish to have this session done the cost is $250. If you are not a Reed Through The Lens Photography bride meaning that you have hired another photographer for your wedding day and you wish to have these taken by me, the cost is $300
Indoor Location versus Outdoor Location
Locations that require a session fee verses Free Public Locations
You have a little bit of deciding to do. Things to keep in mind.
Indoor Locations may offer mirrors to use or a place such as a dressing room or a small bathroom to change into your gown. Indoor locations are suitable for bridals scheduled year-round. Indoor locations may offer an air conditioned atmosphere. If you choose an indoor location you do not have to worry as much about the weather conditions. Depending on which indoor location you choose will depend on the look that it gives your photos. Some may offer a classic and timeless look to your bridals.
Locations that require a session fee that are outdoors may offer an outside area for you to change into your gown. That is definitely a question to ask your venue of choice. Also another thing is most of these types of locations will have stunning views or manicured yards. Thats maybe a question to maybe ask your venue of choice is if their venue grounds have blooms on their yards such as flower bushes or trees. Maybe ask them when is the best time of the year to go for blooms. If choosing this option it is best to have a backup date in mind in case of weather, maybe ask their policy on rescheduling. If the grounds are too wet, your high heel shoes may sink into the ground. It is sometimes worth to pay these fees for these great locations because most of the time there won't be a lot of other sessions going on at the same time as yours because they typically run off of a timed schedule.
Most free Public Locations do not have a spot to change into your gown. If you choose this route I do recommend bringing a friend or two along to help hold up a bed sheet provided by you. If choosing this option it is best to have a backup date in mind in case of weather. If the grounds are too wet, your high heel shoes may sink into the ground. Bring an older pair of high heels of same heel length if the grounds are wet.
If I could give one tip it would be to invest in real flowers for your bouquet. They photograph so beautifully.
NOTE: If choosing a venue, whether indoor or outdoor, please stay in touch so that we can all 3 coordinate our schedules. Please inquire with them about their business or photography hours and their openings both dates and times.
Let's talk Bouquet for a moment.
Real of faux flowers? Either one will of course be beautiful. I just wanted to share some tips. Your bridal bouquet will be in more than 50 percent of your bridal images. I can't recommend enough that if you can budget wise to splurge on your bouquet. Real flowers photography so beautifully.
WHAT TO BRING
Before your bridal session, think through everything you’ll be wearing on wedding day. The checklist might seem obvious, but it’s easy to forget one or two elements if you don’t make a checklist. So take a few minutes to think through the process of getting dressed to ensure you don’t forget something: dress (and any special undergarments), shoes, veil, hair pieces, belt/sash and jewelry for ears, wrist, and neck and your BOUQUET. It’s also a good idea to bring a white sheet in case the ground is wet. We want to protect the dress and shoes from getting dirty! Sometimes a white shower curtain is a helpful item to bring along since it will put a waterproof barrier between the dress and the ground. If you’re doing your bridal session outside in a warm month, be sure to bring some bottles of water.
WHO TO BRING
Bridal sessions are always fun when you share the experience with someone who is close to you. Bring your mom, sister or maid-of-honor along to help with moving around in the dress. I always love when the mother of the bride is able to come along. It really makes the experience extra special for the bride and I love having mom’s help for things like veil tosses and fluffing the dress. Be careful of bringing too many people though! Three to four helpers is a good number. Please bring someone that does not have knee or back problems as the assist job does require some bending down to make sure you dress is absolutely perfect. I will be there to help assist also, but the friends do love the opportunity to tag along and typically are super excited to help so that I can focus on the lighting, the sun, and the perfect pose and images for you.
Hair and Make up
Once your location is chosen, if the location is chosen by you, please look up the address on the gps to see exactly how long it will take you to arrive at that location. If you choose a location by me, please ask me for the address so that you can look up the driving distance. Please make sure that both hair and make up runs on time and is finished in enough time for you to get to the location. We will start at our scheduled time, Sharp. If arriving late, it will unfortunately deduct from your session time with me.
NO spray tans pretty please. I will not be able to edit out the orange skin tones out of all of those images. They may say that their solution doesn't turn your skin orange, but I have seen over and over again different results.
Below are samples of bridals taken at Shadows on the Teche located in New Iberia, LA
If you are interested in this location, you may contact Shadows on the Teche for pricing on the use of their venue. There is a restroom to change in your dress. I do charge a travel fee to go to this venue. You may inquire with me on pricing for travel.
Below are samples of bridals taken at Sunny Meade Wedding & Reception Facility located in Scott, LA
You may contact Sunny Meade for pricing on the use of their venue. There is a restroom to change into your dress. I do charge a travel fee to go to this venue. You may inquire with me on pricing for travel.
Below are samples of bridals taken at The Secret Garden in Sulphur, LA
This bride chose the indoor only package that The Secret Garden has. This included the inside of the first floor and the second floor as well as the porch area.
There is a restroom to change into your dress. You may contact the Secret Garden for pricing on the use of their venue. I do charge a travel fee to go to this venue. You may inquire with me on pricing for travel.
Below are samples of bridals taken at Grand Opera House of the South in Crowley, LA
You may contact Grand Opera House of the South for pricing on the use of their venue. There is a restroom to change into your dress. I do charge a travel fee to go to this venue. You may inquire with me on pricing for travel.
Below are samples of photos taken at in Lafayette, LA
Currently there is no fee for this location on the use of their location. There is no restroom, and we can not go inside. Outside photos only. You will have to arrive with your dress on as there is no where to change. Or bring a sheet and bring friends to hold it up as you change. I do charge a travel fee to go to this venue. You may inquire with me on pricing for travel.
Below are samples of bridals taken at Cypress Grove Wedding Venue in Eunice, LA
There is a restroom to change into your dress. You may contact Cypress Grove Wedding Venue for pricing on the use of their venue. I do charge a travel fee to go to this venue. You may inquire with me on pricing for travel.
Below are samples of photos taken near Arnaudville, LA (google the towns location)
Currently there is no fee for this location on the use of this location. There is no restroom, and we can not go inside. Outside photos only. You will have to arrive with your dress on as there is no where to change. Or you can bring a sheet and have friends hold it up for you as you change. I do charge a travel fee to go to this venue. You may inquire with me on pricing for travel.
Below are samples of photos taken at in Lake Arthur, LA
Currently there is no fee for this location on the use this privately owned residence. I will have to check with the home owner prior to the session to see if we can have use of the restroom to change into your dress. Outside photos only. I do not charge a travel fee to go to this location. This location is currently free.
Below are samples of photos taken at my studio in Jennings, LA
There is no fee to use this location. There is no restroom but you can change into your dress indoors at the studio. These would be indoor photos only! No Outside photos will be taken as my yard is not pretty for outdoor photos.
There are many, many, more options for bridals. You will just have to do some research. Here are a few more places. I have never been to. Feel free to google them for locations, pictures and fees.
St. Mary's Episcopal in St Francisville
Oak Crossing in Lake Charles
The Arlington Plantation
Acadian Village in Lafayette
Afton Villa Gardens
John Nickerson House in Lafayette
Rip Van Winkle Gardens
UL alumni house
Keep Reading below about your session
Prices are subject to change without notice. All photo session locations will be within 10 miles of Jennings, Louisiana. If you choose to have your photos taken at a different location, the price will change according to the mileage and the travel time.
Each photo session will come with a guaranteed 25-30 edited images. Images will be delivered to you via email from an online downloadable gallery. I will email you your session and from the comfort of your own home, you can simply open the email, and download the link (choose high resolution) and have your images in front of you. All final images are chosen by your photographer and will include a print release.
If you wish to have a CD instead of an online downloadable gallery. Please let me know and we can add an additional $5 fee for a shipping and handling fee for the mailing of your CD.
If you wish to have an USB instead of an online downloadable gallery. Please let me know and we can add an additional $20 fee for the cost of the USB, and for a shipping and handling fee for the mailing of your USB.