Every time a new set of wedding photos makes it’s way back to the studio, I get pretty excited. I spend my days editing countless images of so many wonderful weddings. Some are big, some are small, some are super traditional, and others are a bit more relaxed. You all have your own unique idea of exactly what you want your wedding to be like – and I get to see all the attention to detail that’s been made, I love it!
But hey, there’s a part of your wedding day that you’ve (probably) not given that much thought. It’s that bit before that huge event where you get married and stuff. That bit in the morning where you have to get ready while your friends and family surround you.
Hands down, this is my favourite selection of photos to edit. It’s this part of the day that gives me an idea of what’s to come; I get to see your wedding theme, your outfits, and get an idea of who you are, all through the photos on the screen – it’s pretty cool!
Sometimes, I’ll open up a set of photos and do a little cheer (and sometimes even a little dance) because this, often overlooked, part of the day has been executed so well. I’m gonna let you know how you can get it right too.
Where should we get ready?
Let’s start with the obvious. Quite often, the most convenient place for the morning preparations is your house – and that’s fine if you’ve got the room, but there are other options! It’s worth checking the venue, itself, for suitable rooms.
Not only are they usually a little bigger, so you’re nearest and dearest can all run around comfortably, but they’ve also got that little touch of elegance that gives the photos a ‘wedding day’ feel. Don’t forget if you’re already in the ceremony building, that’s one less thing to think of – instead of organising multiple wedding cars.
Pick the best light
Yep, you can’t take photos without it! Dark rooms = not as clear photos. Granted – technology is much better than it once was, but sometimes even the wonder of editing can struggle to rectify bad lighting situations. Your best bet? If you’re getting ready in the comfort of your own home, choose the room in your house with the biggest window, the one that lets in so much light you don’t even need to turn the lights on. Conservatory anyone?
The result? Gloriously bright and super flattering photos, what a dream.
What’s in the background?
I know, I know. It’s the morning of your wedding, who’s thinking about the clutter that’s accumulating around you!? I tell you who is, me!
Make someone the designated tidier-
Guys need photos too!
I get it, you probably think all that morning preparation stuff is just for the girls; it isn’t! It’s your day too, and you’re going to want a page in the album that shows what you were up to before the main event. Don’t worry, you don’t need any of you in hair & makeup prep, a few of you and the groomsmen hanging out usually work perfectly – even if it’s at the pub beforehand.
Straightening ties, tying up shoelaces, pouring that celebratory drink – it doesn’t have to be complicated. They’ll look great in the album, and it’ll keep your parents happy too – no excuses!
Two sets of bridal preparations?
If you’re two brides getting married – it’s likely you’re going to have two mornings that are full of details. Wedding dresses, shoes, jewellery, hair, make-up! That’s a lot of stuff to photograph. Make sure you have two photographers who can both comfortably handle capturing all those important bridal prep moments!
You’ve planned it to perfection, now just chill
The most important thing you can do to ensure super-duper-lovely-getting-ready photos? Relax. Be yourself. I get how surreal it is, and it might be the first time you’ve let anybody photograph you, in pyjamas, without makeup on, repeatedly. It’s daunting, but here’s the thing – a good wedding photographer will know how to make you look your best, even if you think you have the dorkiest smile in the world. It sounds cliché, but the best thing you can do is be yourself!
Figure out who is taking what where, and when, and how, and…
You get it. Organisation. Have you got your bags sorted in advance? Who’s in charge of them? Who’s looking after your phone? Is it turned off? It’s really just the simple things, but it’ll make all the difference on the day when you can relax because you don’t have a million things/people to arrange at the last minute.
It’s all in the detail
Every time I’m putting together an album, it’s the morning details that I’m looking for first. Headpieces, jewellery, shoes and, of course, dresses! These are just a handful of things that give a really good indication of the theme you’re going for. Create a space where you can show them off, somewhere nice and light, and completely free from anything that could distract the eye. Maybe even do it before the we arrive – that way we won’t have to move everything around while you’re trying to get ready!
Mirrors, the bigger the better!
Please, please, please – don’t get ready using a tiny handheld bathroom mirror. Sure – if it’s all you have, then
You’ll need more room than you think
If you’re getting ready in a tiny room with all your family & friends, things can get crowded pretty quickly. Choosing to get ready in a larger room not only means you’ll all be more comfortable, but your photos won’t look as crowded, and we will have more space to work creatively without having to say excuse me a thousand times, winner winner.
Oh and finally, there’s nothing wrong with being ready 20 minutes before you leave – revel in this peaceful part of the day, as it’s pretty much non stop from now on!
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