Wife to Kevin and mom to Kaylee, Kennedy, and Kyla! I am a Nashville, Tennessee based Wedding and Portrait photographer. I love watching my girls play sports, Pumpkin Spiced Latte's, College Football, and Hot Yoga! I fell in love with photography a couple years ago, and quickly decided to learn everything I could about it.
Today I’m sharing about one of the most exciting parts of the wedding day: getting ready! This is when it all starts to feel REAL… you’re finishing your hair and makeup, and then you finally put on your wedding dress! This is such an exciting time but, there are definitely a few things to keep in mind so that your photos end up as beautiful as those moments. Here are my top 4 tips for beautiful getting ready photos:
Here are my top 4 tips:
Give yourself plenty of time. The last thing you want to feel on your wedding day is rushed. Work with your planner and photographer on a timeline that allows plenty of time (and some extra) so you can enjoy this time. You also want to give your photographer a chance to take some creative photos of you getting ready!
Choose a space with lots of natural light. This means a lot of windows, and BIG windows if at all possible! If you can choose a space that has a lot of light pouring in, your photos will be beautiful! Not only will your photographer love it, but so will your makeup artist!
Ask your bridesmaids to help keep the space clean. Remind your bridesmaids before the big day to try to keep the space as tidy as possible. It’s not a huge deal if things get a little messy- but it’s always nice to have other people helping to keep a nice clean space.
Give yourself a lot of room. If possible, choose a room where you have plenty of room, especially if you have a larger bridal party. Ideally, you’ll want space to have you and your girls getting ready and still some space for your dress to hang, the photographer to take detail photos, etc. The more room, the better! If you have options, always go for the bigger space (as long as there is also natural light available)!
[…] Let’s keep it real, your wedding is going to be a long (but amazing) day, and there’s no such thing as starting the getting-ready process too soon—particularly if you’re planning on a first look and taking photos before your ceremony. If your ceremony starts at 3 p.m., for example, I recommend starting to prep at around 8 a.m. Yes, it may seem crazy, but realize that it can take up to 2+ hours for a bride to get her hair and makeup done. And if your girls are getting their hair and makeup done too , that adds even more time. So yes, starting your wedding day as early as possible is a great idea. Here is another great blog post on some great getting ready tips! […]
Great tips that every bride should know, especially the big windows! Beautiful natural light and a clean area will help your wedding photographer create all those “getting ready” photos.
Great post. So many just rush through this part of the day and don’t put as much into getting ready and enjoying that time as they should. Great tips.
Great tips, especially about the lighting! Beautiful photos too! I love the pretty robes!
Great tips and beautiful photos! So much to think about when planning a wedding, these are not obvious but so important!
These are such great tips for brides! It can be such an overwhelming day, the more they can slow down and enjoy the process the better! Gorgeous images of the bride and her girls!
Thanks for sharing!!
These are great tips!
I love these getting ready tips!
I love your wedding photography! You can tell you put your heart into your work and your client relationships. And your tips are fantastic and very valuable.
Yes to lots of space! I wish I had known that as a bride!