Express the Dress photo sessions are your chance to let loose and celebrate the new life adventures you are starting together with your new partner. It's also a wonderful chance to put your dress on again, feel gorgeous and be the star of your own wedding fashion editorial. We love to draw inspiration from what makes you and your new partner unique, and the sky is the limit for possibilities!
Traditionally, wedding dresses were carefully preserved after weddings so they could be used by future generat ions. While this is a great sentiment that may work for more traditional families, the reality of this means most wedding dresses will merely collect dust and never again see the light of day.
Express the Dress Q & A
Will it ruin my wedding dress?
After the time & investment you put into selecting your dream dress, this is the question that most people think of first! The answer varies, depending on what sort of photo session you would like to do, and the materials & construction of your dress. Putting your gown in a carefully maintained, chlorinated pool will lead to much cleaner results than hopping into the mud. This is something we recommend discussing with your photographer when you plan your Express the Dress session to make sure you are both on the same page. Also, if you decide you don't want to risk ruining your Vera Wang gown, there is also the option of purchasing a white gown that you don't mind getting creative with!
How long do Express the Dress photo sessions generally take?
Travel time aside, these sorts of involved, creative photo sessions usually take about 30-60 minutes. Allow yourself a minimum of 15 minutes to change into your dress & touch up your hair and makeup. The photo session itself generally lasts between 30-40 minutes to allow time for a nice variety of photos, but this is variable based on the location and setting.
Do I have to be able to open my eyes underwater for the underwater sessions? Can I wear contacts?
First of all, being able to relax in the water is important for you to get natural looking photos underwater. Secondly, our cameras are extremely fast so you only have to open your eyes for a few seconds. This is more challenging for some people than others, and we've definitely noticed that blue and green-eyed people tend to have a harder time opening their eyes underwater. However, with a little practice & coaching, most people are able to open their eyes, and when you do, the results are spectacular! There are also some poses that can look great even with your eyes shut. For contact lens wearers, they will not stay in in the water so take them out before the session and don't forget your glasses.
What should the Groom wear?
Undershirts are a must. Dress pants and a white dress shirt look great. You can opt to either go barefoot, or choose footwear suitable to the location.
What kind of makeup should I wear?
This depends on the style of your photoshoot, and whether you're planning on hopping underwater. For underwater photos, waterpr oof mascara is a must, and throughout the shoot we will be checking to make sure your makeup isn't smearing. The
Can I bring my own props?
We welcome props, which add a creative and personal touch to your photos. Props are especially helpful if you tend to be a little more unsure in front of the camera, since they give you something to focus on or do! Things like flowers, umbrellas, balloons add a fun feel to your photos, or show off your shared interests with things like bicycles, paint easels, vintage cameras, etc. Looking for more ideas? Pinterest.com is an excellent source of inspiration!
What is the best tip for having great looking Express the Dress photos?
The most important thing is for you and your partner to focus on each other. Unlike your wedding day, there is no pressure here. Everyone wants to look their best in photos, but usually the best moments happen when you let your guard down- so don't be afraid to laugh together, and let the sparks fly!
If you're interested in learning more about Expressing your Dress with Family Art Photography Weddings, we'd love to discuss your ideas with you! Give us a call at (407) 503-1365 or email us your ideas, and we'll let you know about our session availability.