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Six Tips For Capturing The Getting Ready Photos

Wedding Planning

The Bride’s Morning

Six Tips For Capturing The Getting Ready Photos.

It’s no doubt, the bride’s morning is one of the beautiful moments of the wedding day. Most brides will say that getting ready with her bridesmaids was one of the most memorable parts of the entire wedding day. On the morning of the wedding, there’s nothing more fun than gathering your girls for hair and makeup, breakfast, and mimosa’s.

Many of these images will earn a spot at the beginning of your wedding album. So, with that in mind, here are my top six tips for capturing the getting ready photos to make them album worthy showstoppers!

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The Wedding Day Timeline.

Make sure that your wedding day timeline includes specific timing for the photographer to capture getting-ready photos. I typically arrive one hour before hair and makeup is complete to capture these moments. During this time, I also capture your bridal details. These items include your dress, shoes, bouquet, jewelry, and invitation suite.

For the Bride.

This is your day! I always recommend keeping it tasteful and sophisticated.  I love an ivory or white robe with delicate details. A classic monogram is always timeless. Take some time to put thought into what you are wearing for these photos.

The Location.

“The location you select for getting ready photos should provide a glimpse of what’s to come and should consider the images you want to capture. Often these images include your mother zipping you into your dress, your bridesmaids helping you with your final details, and the joy on your father’s eye as he sees you in your gown for the first time. A room with minimal decor often makes the best backdrop. There is beauty in simplicity. Also, interesting architectural details produce stunning photographs. These make a beautiful setting for photographing details like your dress. Large scale windows or doorways with moldings are great backdrops for photographing your dress.


Light is everything when it comes to producing striking imagery. Rooms with large scale windows or doorways are almost always a good choice. Try and choose a room that is bright and airy.

Tidy the Room.

This is a BIG one! Clean up the room! Remove all the trash, water bottles, extra clothes, and empty champagne glasses from the room. You never want unsightly clutter in the background of your photos. If you are getting dressed in the bedroom, make sure the bed!

Dress the Bridesmaids First.

Always dress your bridesmaids first! This rule also applies to your mom and anyone else helping you get ready. This ensures everyone looks their best in the photos of you stepping into your dress!



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