Our full day wedding photography package includes photographing your preparations on your wedding day. This means we'll be there to ca...

6 top tips for better ‘getting ready’ wedding photos

Our full day wedding photography package includes photographing your preparations on your wedding day. This means we'll be there to capture the affectionately known ‘getting ready’ bits before the ceremony. For example, we'll be able to document a bride having her hair and makeup done before she gets into her dress, and the candid ‘behind the scenes’ moments that your other half won’t get to see. It might be the girls in matching wedding day pyjamas, busting open the prosecco, or capturing the groom and gents working out exactly how their cufflinks work. Not only do these shots give you a brilliant reminder of all the fun, nervousness and adrenaline of getting ready before saying “I Do”, but they are also a great keepsake particularly as your partner won’t have seen them first hand!
Here are our 7 top tips on how you can get the best out of your surroundings to ensure better ‘getting ready’ photographs of your big day.

1. Lots of lovely natural light

Chances are, you’ll either be getting ready in a suite at your venue, or at home. Sometimes you may be at a hotel or the place you’ll be staying after the wedding. In any case, to ensure really lovely, artistic photographs and great bridal portraits pick a room or space to get ready in which has plenty of natural light. Having natural light through the windows improves photographs immeasurably. I know this isn’t always possible, but where you can, avoid ceiling lights and lamps, open the curtains, and position yourself near a window for your hair and makeup. Most make up artists will ask you to do this anyway. Natural light is our friend, and it’ll enhance your photos.

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2. Music to get ready by

You may not be aware, but having music on whilst getting ready increases awesomeness by 120%. So ladies, bring your iPod speakers, or crank the radio up, and get some music on in the background for some ambiance, as a fun atmosphere will calm everyone’s nerves. Coupled with a glass or two of fizz, it’s actually one of the best bits of the day! But something important to note: if you are having a videographer, discuss with them ahead of the wedding day whether they are fussed about music in the background. Some videographers frequently use separate audio edited over the top of getting ready footage, and this isn’t possible for them to do if there’s music in the background. So check with your videographer first, but if there’s no problem, crank up the tunes!

3. Eat something!

So this doesn’t relate to the photos, but as someone who has got married themselves, even if you feel too nervous to eat, have something anyway. Once the nerves and adrenaline fall away after the ceremony, you will be STARVING! So eat some toast or a croissant at the very least, even if it’s to soak up your champagne whilst you’re having your hair done, so you don’t get hangry.

4. Evacuate anyone who doesn’t need to be there

Harsh but fair. If there’s zillions of people milling around your getting ready space, your photos are going to look really busy and cluttered. I’m not suggesting you banish everyone to the utility room, but once people are made up or dressed, or if they’re not part of your bridal party or who you need around, politely suggest they grab a glass of fizz and park up in a different room. Not only will this mean there’ll be more light and space in the room – and consequently the photographs – you’ll be surprised at how calming this can be for brides. More people fussing around increases stress level.

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5. Know when you need to be ready by? Aim for 30 minutes earlier

No doubt, to avoid your beloved waiting at the altar, you’ll know what time you and your bridal party needs to be completely ready. Whether it’s the time you need to leave the house or to see the registrar, I always ask my brides to try and be ready in their dress 30 minutes before time, as it allows a little window for me to shoot the oft-requested bride in her dress. Experience has shown no matter how much time brides leave, when it comes to the crunch, they’re still rushing to get out of the door like a whirlwind. So keep an eye on the clock, and whatever time you have planned to be ready, secretly plan to be ready 30 minutes earlier.

6. Have fun!

There’s plenty of time for seriousness on your wedding day, but just remember that the getting ready can be just as fun as everything else, so eat, drink and relax, and enjoy those moments of preparation before you set off to start your new chapter in life. And while you're enjoying your special day our company will provide you professional artistic photo shoot. Our company provides budget wedding photography services. We will create the most suitable packages for you. Our team consists of professional, cheap, famous and top wedding photographers. They will help you with the wedding and engagement poses ideas. Our team consists of only professional. We provide not only wedding but also maternity, sweet 16, baby shower, family and baby photo shoots. So if you want unique, artistic, modern, creative, candid and budget photography then contact us!

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