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Category: Words of Wedding-Day Wisdom


In May we were graced with the opportunity to shoot with model, Emily Paige! Since first meeting her 5 years ago, Emily has become a work of art: not only has she graced her body with many beautiful tattoos, covering herself in some truly gorgeous art, but she’s also modeled for magazines, clothing companies, and fashion photographers over the years- literally embodying art itself!

We styled a shoot around Emily’s look to showcase a different kind of bridal fashion. We’ve found that so many brides select such a traditional look for their bridal portraits and/or wedding day- the hair, the makeup, the dress, the flowers, the backdrop… In an effort to achieve “bridal” beauty, so many brides prematurely discount truly beautiful elements of fashion that can translate on-camera as absolutely stunning. We dressed Emily in a sheer-bodice, corset-top, ballroom wedding gown, picked the setting of parking garages around uptown Charlotte, and gave Ribald Farms Nursery & Florist the artistic license to create some unique and unexpected pieces.

While shooting with Emily, we noticed one very major difference between her and most other brides we’ve taken bridal portraits of: Emily was the picture of confidence! Walking into her bridal portrait session, most brides cannot say they have the professional modeling experience to have earned the confidence that Emily was rocking the day of our shoot with her. Confidence is key to achieving images that truly capture the essence of the subject’s personality, so we asked Emily to give us a few easy modeling tips for future brides to prepare for their bridal portrait sessions!

Emily’s Advice:

  1. Bringing along some of your favorite tunes is a good idea because there won’t be any awkward silence and you can groove or sway to the tunes. A little bit of movement is good for photos!
  2. Bringing a friend along as well can be a good idea, a gf who can make you feel comfortable as well as make you laugh so the smiles in the pictures are real and not so posed.
  3. Just be comfortable!

You heard her, brides! As much effort as you are putting into looking beautiful for pictures, put just as much effort into turning your bridal portrait session into a fun, relaxed environment so that your personality can shine through and take center-stage! If confidence is key, don’t discount any potential element of bridal fashion that will make you feel as beautiful as you look! It’s a given that you’ll be beautiful, so definitely BE YOU!