I often have new and prospective wedding clients ask about bridal photography sessions. The primary and simple response that I give new brides is “yes, we can definitely photograph your bridal session and have a beautiful wedding or bridal print ready for your wedding day!”
Here are some frequently asked questions that Austin brides have asked about how the photo session works and some suggestions as well…
Q. Do you photograph brides for bridal portraits?
A. Yes! We have lots of experience photographing Austin brides donning their wedding gowns for a special photography session.
Q. Where will you photograph our bridal session?
A. You can choose wherever you’d like to be photographed, preferably in the Austin, Texas or Central Texas area.
Q. I’m new/unfamiliar with Austin, Texas. Can you suggest some nice locations for my bridal portrait session?
A. Sure! We have a list of about 20 popular photography locations in and around Austin that we share with our clients. We can also give you specific suggestions based on what kind of bridal session you want.
Q. How long does the bridal portrait session last?
A. Our Austin bridal session is 90 minutes long, which normally gives brides time to relax, move around and get lots of great poses at the location of their choice.
Q. Does the bridal photo session include a separate CD of images I can keep?
A. Yes. Brides receive a CD of edited, re-touched images (usually ranging from 50-150 full-sized, hi-resolution images).
Q. What all is included with my bridal photo session fee?
A. Our bridal session clients receive 90 minutes of shooting time, a CD of hi-resolution, edited images, free consultation to plan your event, expert shoot location suggestions, and quality personal service from a local Austin small business owner/photographer.
Q. Do you edit the images?
A. Yes, we individually edit all the images from your bridal photo session with Adobe Lightroom 3.0, the industry leader in photo editing. We can also apply artistic filters to your images, remove blemishes from skin, soften features and lots more.
Q. How long does it take to edit the images?
A. Normal editing of images requires 1-2 weeks.
Q. Do you have wedding photography packages that include a bridal session?
A. Yes we do. We have a number of wedding photography packages for Austin brides that include bridal sessions. In fact, you can also customize any package to include a bridal photo session so that your package is custom fit for your big day.
Q. Do you print the images from the bridal session or is it up to me?
A. It’s up to you. We have the ability to create and ship high quality, professional and stylish prints to your door, if you choose. You also have the option as a bride to print anywhere you desire.
Q. Do you work with an assistant at bridal sessions?
A. Occasionally we bring along an assistant to help out with bridal photo sessions, depending on the circumstances. You may bring along friends and family if you like.
Q. Are there extra fees associated with certain locations for my upcoming bridal session?
A. In many cases there are no other fees, but occasionally there are places that charge brides a “sitting fee” for using their location. Examples of places that charge fees include Zilker Botanical Gardens, The Driskill Hotel, Dunvegan Keep, and others.
Q. Will I have the opportunity to incorporate some of my bridal photos into my regular wedding album?
A. Yes, we can incorporate as many or as few of your bridal session photographs into your wedding album. We can also create a separate album of only bridal photos if needed.
Q. Does Austin Americana Photography provide printing and framing service? Will you deliver a print or framed print of my bridal session on wedding day?
A. Yes, we can do all these things. We provide optional printing and framing services for our wedding clientele. We can deliver a framed print of your bridal session on your wedding day if this is what you desire.
Q. What if the weather is bad. Is there a backup plan for my session?
A. Sure. If you don’t want to re-schedule, then we’ll either have you come into our home studio or choose an alternate indoor location.
Q. When should I schedule my bridal photo session with Austin Americana?
A. We ask that you schedule your bridal photo session a minimum of 2-3 weeks prior to your wedding day to allow for image editing, processing, printing, shipping, etc.
In downtown Round Rock, Texas there’s a beautiful little wedding venue called Bella Notte on Main. If you’re looking for a wedding venue that is still in the city but has a quiet, small town atmosphere, then this is the place. The building itself where Bella Notte stands was built around 1900 and is beautifully decorated in turn of the century décor and style. It has high ceilings and a candle-lit atmosphere.
Bella Notte can accommodate up to 200 event guests and provides catering service, DJ, set up/take down, security, bartender and more. I can tell you that from personal experience the staff were friendly and professional. In the Spring of 2010 I photographed Maria and Seth’s wedding at Bella Notte (see photos). It was a beautiful, relaxing night full of joyful tears and special moments. And although my favorite thing about Bella was interacting with the friendly staff, I have to say that I was glad that my drive home was a short one, thanks to Bella Notte’s convenient location to IH-35 and Austin.
Bella Notte gives you the option to choose from 2 large onsite ballrooms for your wedding, reception or event, both of which are elegant and spacious. Bride and Groom quarters are located on separate floors (bride upstairs, groom downstairs). There’s a quiet garden patio behind the historic Bella Notte building where guests can wait and relax or attendees can pose for photos. Parking at the facility is plentiful and free, thanks to the parking garage located next door.
Bella Notte Video Tour: http://www.bellanotteonmain.com/video-tour.htm