Hey friend! Today I wanted to chat about something that may not be the first thing on your mind when it comes to wedding photography, but is definitely worth considering: getting ready photos!
Getting ready moments are always some of my absolute favourites to document. Everyone acts so differently the morning of their wedding and its so special to capture those early moments, the feelings you have before you marry your person! It’s just as much a part of the story as the ceremony or reception.
I’m a firm believer that the most beautiful and memorable photos come from the candid moments and authentic emotions of your wedding day. I am not here to craft perfect moments, but to capture them as they unfold. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with posed photos – they can be lovely and classic, and are often necessary for things like family portraits and group shots. But in my experience, the photos that really stand out, the ones you’re going to hang on your wall, are the ones that capture the real, unguarded moments of your day – the ones that make you laugh, cry, and feel all the emotions that come with getting married.
Getting ready photos are exactly what they sound like: pictures taken while you and your bridal party are getting ready for the big day. They’re usually taken in the morning, while hair and makeup is being done, and everyone is buzzing with excitement and anticipation.
Now, you might be thinking, “Do I really need photos of me with no makeup and my hair in rollers?” And the answer is…maybe! But this isn’t the only option for getting ready photos. It all depends on what kind of memories you want to capture. They can also be a great way to document the behind-the-scenes moments of your wedding day, and can give you a unique perspective on the day that you might not otherwise have.
Brides, thinking of doing a first look with your bridesmaids? DO IT! It’s so worth it. Even if it’s just them seeing you in your dress for the first time. They can leave the room while you get your dress zipped up (by your mom or MOH, maybe?), and then we’ll call them in and I’ll capture their reactions!
Getting ready photos can also just be a lot of fun! It’s a chance to hang out with your besties, listen to some music, and maybe even pop some champagne (mimosas anyone!?). And the photos themselves can be really beautiful – there’s something special about capturing those quiet, intimate moments before the hustle and bustle of the day really gets going.
That’s why I approach wedding photography as more of a storytelling process than anything else. I want to capture the little moments that make your day unique – the way your partner looks at you during the ceremony, the way your parents hug you after the first dance, the way your friends laugh together during the reception. These are the moments that truly capture the spirit of your wedding day, and that’s what I strive to capture in my photos for you.
So if you DO decide to go for it, there are a few things to keep in mind. First of all, make sure to give yourself plenty of time in the morning. Getting ready always takes longer than you think it will, and you don’t want to feel rushed or stressed out. And don’t forget to eat something – you don’t want to be hangry during your photos!
Secondly, think about your surroundings. If you’re getting ready in a hotel room with dim lighting and distracting wallpaper, your photos might not turn out as well as you’d like. Consider getting ready in a bright, airy space with lots of natural light, or even take some photos outside.
Finally, don’t be afraid to get creative! There are lots of fun and unique getting ready photo ideas out there – from matching robes for the bridal party, to brunch together, dance parties. The sky’s the limit, so have a little fun with it and make it yours.