Getting Ready + Bridal Robe Shoot
• Having a wedding day getting ready space is important!
The second you wake up on your wedding day, there’s a million things to do. To add to that, chances are the people you need probably won’t all be with you already. And when they do get there, everyone’s asking you questions, you keep asking yourself if you remembered everything, and you’re trying to stick to your plan and make sure everyone else does, too. This can lead to a little bit of chaos and a little bit of stress.
So it’s pretty advantageous to have a designated getting ready space, separate from the chaos, if only for a little while. A space for you + your people to feel the emotions and take a breather and get those bomb outfits on. A place for you to have a moment, separate from everything else.
Even if your getting ready space is just one room in a house or one part of your hotel room, the effect is the same: you’ll be grateful for that little bit of space you set aside to start your day off right.
• Get ready at the same location!
Consider coordinating the guys and gals in your bridal party to get ready at the same location. Don’t worry about running into each other, your photographer will make sure you don’t see each other before you plan to! When the entire group is preparing in the same spot, it means your photographer doesn’t have to cut photos short so they can rush off to the second location which means MORE pictures! YAY!
if you choose to get ready at separate locations, make sure to think about where final touches will happen (i.e. makeup touchups, etc.) and what locations will look best for those particular images.
• Get ready in a large space!
If you have any say at all as to where you can get ready, try to get a large room! There are going to be quite a lot of people getting ready next to you, so the more space the better. Plus, your photographer is going to love all the room to get the best shots possible. Having more room also means less clutter and mess when it comes to taking those gorgeous pics. Stash the duffel bags and trash out of view so they don’t take away from the photo ops!
• Consider lighting!
Your photographer is the expert on lighting, so it could be helpful to show them the space before the big day. That way, they can bring lighting or other accessories to make it the best it can be. Make sure you communicate the style you are going for. If you prefer light and airy, you’re going to want a room with plenty of windows and lots of natural light. Your photographer can help you get the exact look you’re going for with just a little communication!
• Leave extra time for your “getting ready” photos!
There’s getting ready and then there’s getting ready photos. And they’re not the same! Make sure when you’re crafting your wedding day schedule that you allow extra for these precious photos. The best piece of advice I can offer is to talk with your photographer about how much time they need. Many like to get there a few hours early to photograph wedding details, like bouquets, shoes, and rings. then it’s on to hair and makeup photos, the bridal party in robes, and then finally the dress.
• Have all your accessories ready!
If you’re a bride who really loves details, a bride who really wants to have good photos of every small piece of the day, have them ready for your photographer! Anything you would want included in those detailed photos, you can stick in a shoebox: invitations, bouquet, dress, jewelry, shoes, rings (both bride’s and groom’s), extra flowers, ribbon, etc. This way, your photographer gets to take those photos quickly + easily and make sure everything gets back to where it is supposed to be as the focus shifts back to you!
• Have some jams on!
You’re probably going to be feeling all the feels right when the photos start if you haven’t started already. Having some music on helps turn those nerves into excitement. Make a playlist of all the songs you know put you in a good mood!
• Put your dress/saree on last!
The dress is often the showpiece of your getting ready photos, so why rush it? Putting your dress on last not only means you will avoid stains from makeup or sweat, but it also means you can make the whole process a photo event. Images of your mom or bridesmaids helping you get dressed are some of the most heartfelt of the day
you also want to make sure your dress goes on last like AFTER all the bridesmaids have theirs on. That way, your moments of getting buttoned up are alongside your bridesmaids in their stunning dresses.
We hope these getting-ready tips have you excited for your own big day! If you’re looking for more content on wedding photography, keep in touch with BD!
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