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5 Tips for Better Getting Ready Photos

One of my favourite parts of any wedding day (other than the couple session, of course)? Spending time with the bride as she’s getting ready. The joy and excitement in the room is palpable and the moments I’m able to capture are so sweet. There are a few simple things you can do to make sure your getting ready photos are picture-perfect.

1. Choose a well lit location

As a natural light photographer, light is always my first consideration. Natural light is the softest and most flattering, so try to choose a space with lots of windows. I usually move my bride right next to the window for her portraits, and so the more windows there are, the better.

Tip: Skylights can create tricky shadows under the eyes if there isn’t enough window light coming through as well.

2. Plan your timeline

The next important factor to consider is a well-planned timeline. From experience – weddings almost always run late. My best advice is to add extra time throughout the day as a buffer to make sure you never run late. The last thing you want is to feel is rushed on your wedding day.

3. Clear the clutter

Clutter can be a distracting background feature of any image. To make sure you and your loved ones are always the focus of the image, make sure to move any bags, bottles, or clothes into another space before we start taking photos.

4. Details

Gather your details in one place. Doing this means that your photographer can take your details to photograph while you’re having your hair and make-up done without having to disrupt you. Download my Bridal Detail Checklist to make sure you don’t forget anything.

5. Enjoy yourself

Last, but not least, enjoy yourself! The more you enjoy yourself, the better your images will turn out.

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