The getting ready portion of your wedding day is often when some of the most intimate moments occur between you and your best friends and family who are there with you. Your photographer can capture these beautiful moments no matter where you are, but it helps to put a little bit of time and effort into making sure that your ‘getting ready’ spaces will look just as good as the rest of your wedding photographs.
Cleaning up the rooms you’re getting ready in will go a long way in helping your photographer create gorgeous photographs of the morning leading up to your wedding. It helps to ask your bridesmaids and groomsmen to keep their bags and clothing stored in a separate room where you won’t be taking photographs, request that your hair and makeup team keep a tidy workspace, and generally remove any clutter that’s housed in the room you’ll be getting ready in. As a photographer I absolutely don’t mind doing a bit of tidying and re-organizing, but the more time we spend doing this the less time we’ll spend capturing candid moments. A clean background brings an emotional photograph from touching to visually stunning.
Choose a Bright Location
People often spend so much time selecting a beautiful ceremony and reception space, but don’t think about where they will be getting ready. I often spend several hours photographing the getting ready portion of the day with couples, and usually shoot important photographs during this time such as bridal and bridesmaid portraits, detail shots, and father/daughter reveals. Make sure to do these photographs justice by choosing a location that has as much natural light as possible. The brighter and airier the better! Don’t count artificial lighting such as floor lamps and pot lights when considering how bright a location is. These lighting options create a yellow/green skin tone and cast awkward shadows, so your photographer will likely turn them off to shoot anyways.
Set Up Close to a Window
No matter where you choose to get ready, the best light for your photographer to work with will almost always be next to a window. See if your hair and makeup team can set up close to a window with the natural light falling across your getting ready scene. Try to clear a space close to a window or in a well-lit room for photographs such as putting your dress on, and spending some time with your wedding party and family members.
Create Time and Space for Moments to Unfold
The best way to create great photographs from your wedding morning is to allow yourself to enjoy the time without feeling rushed. You’ve picked a beautiful space to get ready in and cleaned it up; now make sure you create time to spend there with your favourite people. If it’s important to capture some meaningful portraits with your grandmother, invite her to sit and chat with you for a while. If you want to capture images with your mother, ask her to get dressed early so she has time to help your into your dress. Don’t worry about the camera being there, don’t hold back on hugs, and make sure everybody there knows how important they are to you.