Photography Beyond the Wedding Day

Everyone knows how important it is to find the perfect photographer for their wedding day. You want to find someone who’s work makes you go ga-ga, and who’s personality puts you at  ease. And of course, don’t forget price point and package offerings. But today I’m here to explore the world beyond wedding day photography…

The ENGAGEMENT SHOOT

Pretty much every bride is now familiar with the concept of an Engagement Photo Shoot. You want to get comfortable with your wedding photographer, but more importantly, you want some gorgeous photos to capture the love in your eyes when you are young and crazy in love. Couples can get really creative with fun props and favorite locations as evidenced in the adorable pictures below of Hollie, Sweetchic’s Associate Coordinator, who recently had her engagement shoot with Seth Morris Photography. Images by Seth Morris Photography

The BOUDOIR SHOOT

Whoaaaa, what are these scandalous pictures doing on the Sweetchic Blog?! These are examples of Boudoir photography, a new trend that is slowly getting more popular as brides want to give their men a little sumthin’ extra as a wedding gift. Hey girl, if you’ve got it, flaunt it! Revealed Boudoir does amazing sessions in Chicago, so gather your courage and your sexiest lingerie (or your fiancé's white button down shirt?!) and give him some pictures he’ll drool over :)

The BRIDAL SHOOT

The Bridal Shoot is a southern tradition that hasn’t quite taken off in the Midwest yet. But photographer Jenna Cole (who recently relocated to Chicago from Texas) gave these reasons as to why the Bridal shoot, which are taken a few weeks or months before your wedding, are all the rage down south:

1. To have a practice go with your wedding day "look". I know several girls who have switched their hairdressers/makeup artists after doing the session and seeing how things looked in photos.

2. To display gorgeous photos at the reception.

3. For your mom to hang a bridal portrait in her house :)

The TRASH THE DRESS SHOOT

The Trash the Dress shoot (like the Boudoir shoot) is not for the weak-hearted bride. Well there are various levels of “trashing”, but these ladies below really got down and dirty! The resulting pictures are one-of-a-kind keepsakes and works of art! Photographer Melissa Diep really makes her brides look (and feel!) like rock stars. If you can’t bear to part with you real wedding dress, there is nothing wrong with finding an inexpensive dress that you don’t mind trashing!

The MATERNITY SHOOT

It’s common knowledge that pregnant women have a “glow” about them, so why not take advantage of those special, fleeting months? My favorite maternity images ever are of my friend Bee Kim (aka Mrs. Bee!), by photographer Punam Bean. Bee is absolutely gorgeous here and she now has lovely reminders of the 9 months she carried her darling Charlie Cole.

Since this photo session fell around their wedding anniversary, Bee's hubby ordered Bee a re-creation of her wedding bouquet - a gorgeous, classic pavé of red roses!

What type of additional photo shoots are you planning on taking?!