Getting Ready for Your Wedding

I can't wait to create meaningful photographs of you and your wedding party getting ready on your wedding day.

Getting Ready on Your Wedding Day

In addition to being an important aspect of the wedding storytelling, getting ready photographs are the most intimate and often most celebrated photos from the day. For scheduling purposes, to capture the typical getting ready photographs, I'll need a minimum 90 minutes.

What Happens

In most cases, when I arrive at hotel or venue, I'll first go to the room where the bride is getting ready. After greeting the bride and introducing myself to any bridesmaids or family members present, I'll briefly assist my second photographer as they begin photographing details. 

Assuming that the groom nearby, I'll excuse myself from the bride's room and seek out the groom. When I arrive at the groom's room, I'll greet the groom and then introduce myself to the groomsmen. 

Then I'll photograph the groom buttoning his shirt, tying his tie, tying his shoes, and if applicable, buttoning his vest. I also ask the groom's best man or one of the groomsman to help the groom with his jacket. In some cases, I'll ask other groomsmen to assist by making adjustments to his apparel—like straightening the groom's tie. 

In some cases, the bride will have asked me to deliver a gift, letter, or card to the groom. When that happens, after the groom is fully dressed, I'll photograph the groom opening his card and/or gift. 

Also during this time of day, I'll also capture candid photographs of the groomsmen getting ready. And if time allows, that will sometimes a few photographs of the the groom and groomsmen having a drink together. 

I typically recommend setting aside at least twenty to thirty minutes in the schedule for the groom's getting ready photographs. 

After photographing the groom, I'll return to the bride's room. At that time, my additional photographer has typically finished photographing the details. At this point, assuming that the bridesmaids are dressed and the bride's hair and makeup are finished, I'll ask the bridesmaids to assist the bride getting dressed. 

Before the bride undresses and any girly bits are exposed, I'll turn away and cover my eyes if appropriate. Once the bridesmaids give me the "all clear," I'll turn around and continue my photography. Upon request, I can also leave the room when the bride is getting dressed.

After the bride is fully dressed, I'll photograph her putting on earrings and shoes and photograph the bride's mother assisting with jewelry. If desired, I'll also facilitate the Father's First Look. 

Throughout this process, I'll be keeping a careful eye on the time and doing my best to ensure that everyone gets out the door in time for the next event on schedule.

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