I just adore a Bridal Photography Session. There is nothing more special to me than a girl dressing up in the most beautiful wedding dress she could behold and getting her hair and makeup done to have some of the most special photographs taken in her life! We ain't talking about Glamour Shots, ladies and gentlemen!! This is way cooler than that! Plus the moms that come along for the event and the best friends or the aunts, it just makes everything so much more special to have our loved ones with us on these special moments.
The whole thing is just wonderful to me! I love finding the perfect spot for each bride as well... asking them their desires and hopes for the bridal session is always a part of it all. Plus when the summer creeps into Louisiana there's nothing nice about our heat so we always have to keep that in mind. Indoor/outdoor locations and venues are ideal. And when I talked to Hollyn, we both agreed that Nottoway Plantation was the venue for her session!
The thing with bridal sessions is you want your client to feel like a princess. They should. It's like the right of every bride- to be the beautiful princess of every aspect of their wedding. So I really try to allow the bride to choose whatever it is she would like to accomplish with her session. Hollyn was a great bride! Her expectations were all perfect and in line with what my thoughts were. She even had some beautiful ideas of her own in the White Ballroom at Nottoway. Such as this photograph.
And she let me execute so many of my little photography desires and let me just create...
Quite frankly, you can't take a bad image at Nottoway. There are so many aspects of this venue that are breathtaking and ideal for weddings, engagements and bridal sessions. I just swoon over all the classic and priceless details...
Once the sun started setting, we headed outdoors to capture some of those "Golden Hour" shots that photographers talk about.
I will tell you this: my absolute favorite shot is a backlit shot. I absolutely ADORE a backlit shot. I actually aim to get at least a couple during any session whether that's family or wedding related. To me, I am admirer of light. I love the whole idea of it, symbolism and effects so it's only natural that I am so drawn to these shots.
If you know anything about Nottoway Plantation then you know they have the most majestic of oak trees there... This is one of the Southern charms that is a must to include in any session... I kind of couldn't stop photographing either so we headed over to the trees and made some gorgeous images.
I just adored this session!!!
We ended up at the cabins you can rent for the weekends and allowed Hollyn to catch the sun setting. It was glorious!!
There is nothing not magical about this venue and the effects it produces! It was so hard to leave that little slice of heaven on Earth. All the staff were so friendly and accommodating and the setting is breathtaking. I can't wait to go back this month for some Engagement photos!
And she is happily living happily ever after.