Our job as your photographers is to capture the story of your wedding day as it unfolds. This story begins not at the ceremony but the moment you start getting ready, so here are a few tips we always give our clients that will help us get beautiful images of them as they prepare for their big day:
Keep The Room Clean
Try to keep the main rooms clean and clear of any clutter and have the room and beds made prior to the photo and video start time. Removing dress bags, sleepwear, suitcases, shoe boxes etc helps eliminate the possibility of having any obtrusive objects in the background and also, a freshly made bed allows us to use it for fun poses like the one you see below.
Have All the Details Ready
The bride should have all the details (dress, rings, shoes, etc.) ready and in one spot on our arrival. Having all of these items together allows for the photographer to easily photograph all of your important details in one place instead of having to spend time gathering the items from separate locations.
Use a Decorative Hanger
Try and hang your wedding dress on a nice hanger so that when we photograph it, it doesn't have to be displayed on a less-than-beautiful, default plastic hanger. Many nice hotels have wooden hangers available for us to use, but some don’t. It’s always better to be prepared if that dress shot is important to you.
Bride First for Hair and Makeup
We strongly encourage you to ask your hair and makeup team for the bride to go first. This is very important because if your hair and makeup are not finished on time (which happens more often than not), this will cut into your photography time and will decrease the amount of images we are able to shoot and deliver.
Have Immediate Family Around Bridal prep time is a great opportunity to get some intimate pictures with parents or siblings, especially while the bride is getting into her wedding dress which is one of the most special and emotional times of the wedding day. It is also a lovely idea to do a first look with Dad prior to leaving for the ceremony Give us Enough Time As you can see from our Ideal Wedding Timeline, we prefer to have around 30 minutes to photograph your dress and details and then another 60 minutes to photograph you getting dressed, putting on jewllery and other details and to take some portraits of you in your dress and with family members.
Don't forget about the Groom! The above tips apply equally as much to the groom as well. So many times we see the groom left to a tiny dimly lit room for getting ready. Declutter and tidy as much as possible, have a few nibbles and drinks on hand. Make sure the boys are all showered and ready to go before the photo and video team are due to arrive.
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