Wedding Days are the best days of the year!
These are some of the tips I’ve included in my wedding guides that I give to my bride and groom before the wedding.
These tips help me get the best photos of their day. It also helps them consider things they might not think about when they are planning the details.
Let’s dive in!
It may not seem like it’s important to factor in the location when setting up to take getting ready pics, but let me assure you, it most definitely is. Some things to consider when your bride chooses a location to get ready are:
Lighting: This is KEY. It is super important when picking out a getting ready location to consider lighting. If you choose a house, is there ample natural light in the bedroom or living room with a big window? How about that hotel room? Does it have a yellow hue lingering about the room paired with velvet red walls or can we get enough natural light in there for you to love those pics? I recommend getting a cute Air BnB with lots of natural light opportunities around the house or asking that one friend that has the killer view if you can crash their pad for a day. We can bribe them with champagne! Any way it turns out, I can make it work:)
Cleanliness + Clutter: This may be even more important than lighting actually. I can make lighting work, but it is much harder when we are limited to the one small corner where every ones things aren’t laying around. It may seem super silly, but let me paint a picture for you: We finally get the perfect lighting situation by a window. You, the bride or groom are getting dressed and it’s a really special moment, but all I can capture are shots that include shoes and dresses strewn about, a clothes steamer taking up half of the shot and 5 beer cans on the window sill. Special moment made to not look so special. One more reason keeping a clutter free zone is important is because I PROMISE you that it will take away a ton of stress!
Suit (…or Dress) Up: I tell all of my couples how important it is to set aside time to get dressed and really enjoy the moment. This is the outfit leading you to the rest of your life and you should remember how special that is. Brides take weeks picking out the perfect dress so make sure you savor that feeling and know how insanely stunning you look. This can be anywhere from 10-20 minutes, but I want to make sure I capture the reactions from you and your loved ones as you put on your fancy pants attire. 4)
Alone Time: This is a new one that I find the brides and grooms I work with really enjoy. This is a few minutes I ask you both to step away from your wedding parties and spend some time alone with your thoughts so you can relax a bit before the day ahead. I love to capture moments like seeing the bride fix her dress or the groom fix his tie. Maybe you want to read through your vows, or a love note you both exchanged. Maybe you just need to sit for a minute and breathe. That is something truly magical to capture, and I promise you’ll want to look back and see that time. PRO TIP: Sometimes my brides like to take this time to do a mini boudoir shoot for their S/O. It’s a great wedding present! If that interests you, don’t forget to get that white lace bra and matching undies!
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What other tips can you offer your brides? Comment below!