Do you want great 'getting ready' pictures at your wedding? For most couples, these candid photos with their closest circle are some of the most treasured parts of the wedding day. But getting the best wedding day prep shots isn't just about luck. It also takes some planning. Here are five things you can do to make sure you get what you want from the pre-wedding photos.
1. Hire a Second Photographer
Two photographers are better than one when it comes to capturing all the moments of a wedding. A second photographer means they can take pictures of both partners getting ready separately, of the venue preparations as well as the wedding party, and of multiple angles of all the special moments.
2. Schedule Extra Time
The less you're in a rush, the more time you and your wedding party or family can spend getting great pictures. Make the 'getting ready' photo shoots part of the wedding day timeline and work with your photographer about how much extra time they feel would be helpful to get the shots you really want.
3. Pick a Great Backdrop
Consider how the prep area will look as a backdrop. Ideally, you want a space with beautiful architectural features like deep wood, arches, stairs, or tall windows. And check with your photographer about the lighting. If a fancy venues isn't an option, spice up the prep area. Add some wedding flowers. Move furniture as needed. Hang a large engagement wall picture. Or cover unwanted items with draping.
4. Clean Up the Space
Often, the wedding prep space becomes more and more messy as people work. Start out with a clean space by making the bed, cleaning the room, and removing unnecessary items before things begin. Then, use baskets, bins, and bags to corral the stuff that accumulates. Finally, ask one of your helpers to keep an eye on tidying the space before and during photograph sessions.
5. Dress Everyone Else First
The bride or groom should be the last ones to get fully dressed and made up. This makes a better backdrop for the pictures of them finishing their routine and putting on their wedding clothes. It also ensures that your photographers can capture the wedding party getting dressed as well as the bride or groom later on.
As you follow these few tips, your 'getting ready' pictures will be the best they can be. And you'll have memories to last forever. Want more ideas for great prep photos? Start by meeting with an experienced wedding photographer in your area today.