My job as your photographer 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 I always give my clients that will help me get beautiful images of them as they prepare for their big day:
Keep both the bride’s and the groom’s room clean. This helps eliminate the possibility of having any obtrusive objects in the background or needing to take time out of taking pictures to clear out anything that we don’t want appearing in your pictures.
The bride should have all the details (dress, rings, shoes, etc.) in one spot. Having all of these items together allows for the photographer to easily photograph all your important details in one place. So instead of having to gather the items from separate locations and ultimately losing time, this helps in saving more time for us to take pictures of you and your bridal party.
Have a nice hanger for the wedding dress so that your dress won’t have to be displayed on the default plastic hangers. Many nice hotels have wooden hangers for us to use, but some don’t. It’s always better to be prepared if that dress shot is important to you.
For the brides, please have your hair and makeup done on you first to avoid the risk of running late. This is very important because if your hair and makeup are not finished on time, this will cut into your photography time and will decrease the amount of images we are able to shoot and deliver.
Too many people in the room can add stress to the day. Besides bridesmaids, a few immediate family members and your wedding vendors, everyone else should wait until later in the day to hang out with you.
This is a great opportunity to get some intimate pictures with your parents or your siblings. This is also a great time to have a “first look” between the bride and her mother and father.
As you can see from my Ideal Wedding Timeline, I prefer to have around 1.5 hours of time for the details and prep.