My brides always request getting ready photos. And for good reason: they are an important part of the story of the day. There is so much buzz and excitement during getting ready time, and it is important to capture that. But how do you make sure your getting ready photos are as refined and polished as the rest of the day? It can be hard when you think about all the stuff lying around, how much everyone is running around, and the fact that people are getting hair and makeup done! Here are a few tips to make it easier on your photographer to capture the getting ready time in style.
1) Have all your details ready to go before your photographer arrives
It is a lot easier on your photographer if all of your details are in one place when they arrive. This way, no one is chasing around details while trying to get other things done. Here are some ideas of what you should have for your photographer when they arrive:
Beautiful hanger for dress
Any hair/head pieces
Your something Old/New/Borrowed/Blue
Vows if written down
Anything else important you want captured
2) Clear the walls and floors of anything distracting if possible
Clear the walls of anything you don't want in your getting ready photos. Hideous photo of cherubs? Take it down. Tapestry of a potted plant? Take it down. Ficus in the corner? Move it. The bridesmaid's makeup bag, the bottles of water all around, and everyone's clothes they've changed out of? Move them.
The goal is to make the getting ready area as clean and distraction-free as possible. This will allow your wedding photographer to capture the important moments without having to worry about all the junk in the background. This will also make your getting ready photos appear more high-end.
3) Wear matching robes
This helps to make everything more cohesive looking and less cluttered. When everyone is matching, it looks intentional instead of haphazard. This will elevate your getting ready photos to something you will WANT in your wedding album.
4) Get into your wedding dress by a window
This allows for beautiful natural light for your getting ready photos. Most artificial light is orange, and if you rely on the light from the room, you could end up looking like an oompa loompa. No one wants that! So use the natural light from the window for a much more flattering and natural complexion.