North Georgia Winter Bridal Session | North Georgia Wedding Photographers

One of our most asked-about wedding investment add-ons is the bridal session. If you’re wondering what a bridal session is or if you too need a bridal session, we’re breaking it all down for you on today’s blog!

A bridal session is a time separate from the wedding day that focuses on the bride in her wedding day attire. There are many reasons a bride might choose a bridal session… for some especially here in the south, it’s a tradition where the bride displays a bridal portrait at the wedding alongside bridal portraits of her mother and grandmother. While for other brides, it’s a time to take advantage of their trial run for hair and makeup and have some fun with their bridal portraits. That might include going to a location for photos separate from their venue or taking time to get a little more creative with the posing or styling of their portraits. Some may even want to take advantage of some beautiful spots at their venue because there might not be enough time on the wedding day to get them all in. Or they might have more than one dress for their wedding and would like portraits in both. Then for others, it’s a way to help reduce their stress and give a little extra buffer to their wedding day timeline by taking their portraits ahead of time. And while most bridal sessions take place prior to the wedding day, you can also have a post-wedding bridal session! Scheduling your bridal portraits after the wedding can give a bride peace of mind on the actual wedding day by knowing they will still get to take outdoor portraits no matter the weather on their wedding day! But no matter the reason we think that we can all agree wedding dresses are just too beautiful to only wear once!! So go on ahead and book that bridal session!!

Now that we’ve gone over what a bridal session is, let’s take a look back at our bridal session with Kali last winter. When we first met with Kali, she told us that while her precious pup wouldn’t be at her wedding, she would still like to do a post-wedding bridal session to capture a few sweet moments of them together! She wanted to take photos with her pup without the worry of him tearing her dress or getting it dirty and without the worry of him getting bored on a long wedding day. And well friends, the photos couldn’t be sweeter!!

Williams Mill Greenspace Fall Family Session | North Georgia Photographers

One of our favorite things about the return of fall is knowing we’ll soon be seeing and catching up with our Capture Thirteen Families! We first met the Glasco family at one of our mini sessions a couple years back and got to catch up with them again last fall at one of our favorite places, Williams Mill Greenspace in Flowery Branch, Georgia. We love so much about this session but mostly we love that we can’t look back at these photos and not hear all giggles!

Powell Barn Cleveland Georgia Engagement Session | North Georgia Wedding Photographers

It’s hard to believe that summer is unofficially coming to a close when it feels like just yesterday we were meeting Emma and Taylor for their mid-May engagement session at Powell Barn in Cleveland, Georgia. We met Emma and Taylor at Powell Barn on a perfect spring evening in mid-May for a session at the farm where Emma spent many childhood days playing. When we arrived we immediately fell in love with the views of the farm but we loved even more, how each area of the farm we ventured to brought back a memory for Emma. We soaked in every beautiful minute on the farm with these two and had the best time getting to know them a little better. We absolutely cannot wait to celebrate with these two in November!!

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Toccoa Falls Engagement Session | North Georgia Wedding Photographers

A few weeks back Alison and Connor made the trip up from Florida to finalize details for their North Georgia wedding and while they were here we headed to the falls (Toccoa Falls) for their engagement session! Toccoa Falls is a breathtaking sight to behold no matter how many times you’ve been to the falls, and on this particular trip, we had the honor of getting to watch Alison and Connor take in the falls for the very first time! Watching these two catch their first glimpse of the falls as they came into view from the gravel path and feel the mist of the water in the wind was so much fun! Needless to say, we had the best time with these two and we absolutely cannot wait to celebrate with them this September in Blairsville, Georgia!

Pleasant Union Farm Wedding | North Georgia Wedding Photographers

There’s an old saying for March weather that says if March comes in like a lamb it will go out like a lion and vice versa in like a lion and out like a lamb. We can’t remember if March came in like a lamb or not this year but one thing is for sure it definitely went out like a lion!

The last weekend of March, we headed to Pleasant Union Farm located in Canton, Georgia for Valerie and Daniel’s wedding. The day greeted us with beautiful sunny skies and and wind advisories of 25+mph wind gusts, and y’all the wind was fierce and chilly! Our day started with pretty details and fun getting ready moments in the bridal suite with the girls followed by a sweet first look moment with Valerie and her dad. From there it was time to move into bridal portraits, we started with bridal portraits in front of the barn’s large glass sliding doors, and the way the wind caught Valerie’s veil in the wind literally took our breath away in more ways than one! 😍 From there we bravely headed outside, using the side of the barn as a shelter from the winds, for first look moments and bridal party fun. Then it was ceremony time! With the sun beaming down the barn doors slid open and Valerie made her way down the aisle to Daniel, where they said I do surrounded by friends and family. Following the ceremony guests enjoyed dinner inside the barn, and as the sun began to set over the farm and we snuck out of dinner with the bride and groom to capture some of the sweetest sunset moments. Then it was back inside for cake and toasts, followed by a night of dancing under the twinkle lights and stars before sending the newlyweds on their way under a sea of sparklers!

Venue: Pleasant Union Farm | Coordinator: White Vine Weddings | HMUA: Glam by Cam | Cake: The Late Night Baker | Florist: Flourish and Bloom | DJ: MSA Entertainment

Saying I do?! We would love to hear all about your wedding day dreams and plans! For more information on our wedding day investments or to check your wedding date please fill out and submit out our wedding day questionnaire! 

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Class of 2023 Senior Sessions | North Georgia Senior Photographers

Hey there, Class of 2023… it’s time to book those Senior Sessions! 🎉

Wondering when you should book your senior session? Or maybe where or what to do with your senior session?

You are not alone! These are two of the most common questions we are asked when it comes to seniors sessions and today we’re our answers with you!

Our Answers…

  1. There is no right or wrong time or season to do them in!
  2. Get creative and incorporate the things you love… where do you enjoy spending your time, what are your interests, your hobbies? Bring it all to the session. Think outside of the box and share your ideas with your photographer and build from there!

If you are trying to decide when the right time to book your senior session… the answer… pretty much anytime! Here we love having senior sessions sprinkled all throughout our year. If you love the winter season and enjoy winter fashions, like winter coats, boots, and hats… go for it! Book that winter senior session. Or maybe you love the colors of fall… we LOVE a fall senior session around here! Spring flowers or hanging by the water for a cool summer shoot, there is no wrong time to do your senior shoot. Some seniors even wait until they’ve completed their senior year and use their session to celebrate their graduation!

When it comes to the timing of your senior session… here at Capture Thirteen we recommend making sure you book your senior session in plenty of time to meet any picture turn-in dates for your school or other senior year activities. We say try to book your senior session at least 1-2 months out from any picture deadline dates. While our image turn around date is much sooner than 1-2 months, booking at least 1-2 months out will help cut down on any stress in meeting deadlines and in the event of inclement weather on your original session date. Booking early will give you time to reschedule and get your session in. Every photographer’s post-processing for their images is different. Before you book your session, you’ll want to check the image turn around time with your photographer to ensure you have your images in time. If you need to order prints, announcements or invitations you’ll want to make sure you’ll have time to do so.

When you book your senior session, don’t be afraid to bring creativity to it! Think about your favorite places to be… do you love to be downtown, or do you prefer to be out in nature. Maybe you have a favorite spot on your grandfather’s farm, or you have a favorite hiking trail. Also, think beyond locations, what do you enjoy… do you love to paint, or read, maybe you play sports. If you love to paint, read or draw… bring your favorite books, or your favorite piece of artwork to your shoot… or maybe even create some art at your shoot! If sports are your thing… bring your sporting equipment, or if the equipment feels like its too much bring your uniform or letterman jacket. Maybe you play in a band or you have a band you love… bring your instruments, a record player and some records or wear your favorite band’s t-shirt! The options are endless friends! If you aren’t quite sure how to incorporate the things you love into your session, talk with your photographer, they’ll be happy to collaborate and work with you on some ideas. One of our favorite about senior sessions is the ability to get creative with them!

Let your photographer know your interests and share your ideas for your session! Maybe your not sure how or what to do for your senior session. Sharing your school activities, interests, favorite places, etc. can help your photographer make suggestions for your session.

If you would like more information or details on our Senior Investments click here or contact us

Capture Thirteen Photography is based out of the Northeast Georgia area between Braselton and Gainesville, Georgia, serving the North Georgia area and beyond!

Flowery Branch Senior Session | Flowery Branch Georgia Photographers

With the school year winding down, we’ve been highlighting some of our senior sessions from the Class of 2022 and up this week is Samantha! We first started chatting with Samantha and her mom about her senior session over the summer break before the school year started, but a sports injury would delay our actual session until mid-September. Once our session time came in September, so did a hurricane system, but despite the growing grey skies, we managed to sneak Samantha’s session in just before the rain and bad weather hit. We met Samantha and her parents at Cherokee Bluffs Park located in Flowery Branch, Georgia for her senior session and when we met them we discovered just how small the world is, especially if your from a small town! Samantha’s mom had found us because of a shared mutual friend of hers and Alison but at the session we learned that they had moved to North Georgia from South Georgia not too long ago. That small town they moved here from… Brandy’s hometown, Bainbridge! Turns out there were even more connections and shared friends discovered that evening and reminding us that it really is a small world after all!

Congratulations Samantha on your Senior Year!🎓🎉

Buford Georgia Senior Session | Buford Georgia Senior Photographers

With the school year winding down it’s time to highlight some of our Class of 2022 Senior Sessions! It’s hard to believe our next senior up is a senior this year! We’ve worked with Madison and her family for years now, and to capture this milestone moment for them was an honor. For Madison’s fall senior session we headed to Prospect Farms located just outside of Buford, Georgia. It was a hot and humid fall evening on the farm, but Madison was a trooper and we had the best time wandering through the fields and catching a cool breeze on the tree swings. Congratulations Madison on your senior year!! 🎉 We can’t wait to see all the great things you’ll do next!

Class of 2022: Downtown Braselton Senior Session | Braselton Georgia, Senior Photographers

With the school year winding down it’s time to highlight some of our Class of 2022 Senior Sessions! Up first is Rori’s senior session in downtown Braselton, Georgia. We always love a good downtown area for a senior session! Small downtowns are our favorite, because they give so much variety to senior sessions when it comes to posing and background options! Plus who doesn’t love a small downtown full of charm?! Braselton was the perfect location for Rori’s senior session and it gave us the most beautiful evening for her senior portrait session! Congratulations Rori on your Senior Year!! 🎉