Why You Should Do Day After Wedding Portraits

February 14, 2023

An image of a Caucasian couple walking away from the camera in a picturesque field of long grass. The bride, adorned in a white lace dress, walks hand in hand with the groom, dressed in a black suit. They are positioned centrally in the image, with lush trees and a majestic mountain forming the backdrop.

Wedding portraits are a vital part of the wedding day, but have you ever thought about doing day after wedding portraits? Sounds crazy I know, but you don’t actually have to do them the day you get married!

This is what “day after” sessions are for.

You’ll get all dressed up in your wedding gear the next day to take your wedding portraits. While it may sound like extra work for you, there are benefits to doing them the day after!

Spend more time with your friends and family.

You don’t have to leave the wedding to go off and take photos. Your wedding should be about spending time with your loved ones and celebrating your love. Wouldn’t it be amazing if you didn’t have to leave to go take photos and can spend as much time as possible with guests?

Time flexibility

Secondly, you’ll have a strict timeline on your wedding day. Being late from taking portraits will risk you missing dinner (which sounds awful, honestly). Doing portraits the day after will keep you from stressing and rushing through photos as to not miss anything.

More location options

If you do photos the day of, you’ll have to stick around the wedding venue and won’t be able to go far — but what if your wedding is at a barn and you want some beach-y wedding photos? If you do day after photos, this is not a problem!!  You can have one vibe for the wedding, and another for the portraits, giving you tons of options. You could even opt for two different locations for your day after photos!

If you don’t want to worry about posing for a bunch of photos the day of your wedding (and you’ll already have to do it for family and bridal party portraits) then day after photos may be for you!

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amanda reed is an elopement photographer based in vancouver, british  columbia capturing authentic love stories for the couples who don't take themselves too seriously.