Your getting ready time sets the stage for your entire wedding day! Here are five tips to help make the most of that time and get beautiful, light, and natural getting ready photos.
1. Windows + Clean Space = Picture Perfect
Choose a getting ready space with at least one big window for lots of natural light — but honestly, the more windows the better! Photos taken near a window will have softer and more flattering lighting. Also, make sure to declutter the room of all distractions (water bottles, hairspray, etc.) before photos begin. You don’t want to look back at your wedding album in 20 years and see a bottle of Poland Spring in the background, right? This is even more important in small spaces like hotel rooms, so be sure to move all clutter away from the window since this is where we will be taking all of your getting ready photos.
2. Collect All Details
Have all details (your gown, veil, jewelry, perfume, invitations + other stationary, florals, shoes, etc.) collected ahead of time to pass along to your photographer as soon as they arrive. I personally like to start off shooting details before the photos of you getting into your dress, so having all of the details ready for me as soon as I get there allows me to efficiently utilize the time we’ve allocated for that portion of the day. This way, I don’t have to go on a scavenger hunt and spend 15 minutes collecting everything before I can start shooting.
3. Keep All Three Rings
Have ALL three rings on hand to include in detail shots. While this does go hand-in-hand with my previous point, this is probably the most common detail that is missing when I arrive — specifically the two wedding bands! In some cases the best man will have the wedding bands from the start of the day, but it’s actually better to pass them off to him later so that the rings can be included in the detail shots too.
4. Finish Hair & Makeup
Have your hair and makeup done BEFORE photos start. I don’t know about you, but I do NOT want any photos of myself before my hair and makeup are done… ever!!! Many of the couples that I chat with think that photography coverage needs to start at the same time that hair and makeup begins, but that is not the case at all. If you really want some photos of your hair and makeup artists adding some finishing touches, we can absolutely make that happen. We will work together to plan your timeline, taking into account timing for hair and makeup for you and your bridesmaids. As a general rule of thumb, you should plan to have everyone’s hair and makeup done at least an hour and a half before you leave the getting ready space for your first look, or bridal party photos if you are not doing a first look.
5. Getting Ready Photos are Staged!
Believe it or not, your getting ready photos are totally staged. Your mother zipping your dress, your bridesmaids buckling your shoes, you putting on your earrings… all staged! The reason not everyone knows this is because wedding photographers intentionally make these moments look totally authentic. Your photographer will be there to direct you every step of the way, telling you and your bridesmaids or groomsmen exactly what to do to get natural and (seemingly!) candid getting ready photos.
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