Advice for Couples

What is “Getting Ready” photography and why do I need it?

Let’s get that awkward question out of the way first… having your wedding photographer around for the “getting ready” portion of the morning does not mean that you’ll be photographed in the nude as you get into your dress!  If you’re still bothered by the term “getting ready photography” then call is “wedding morning photography” instead.

Now that that is out of the way…

Having your photographer around on the wedding morning is important for a number of reasons; in fact, without coverage in the morning, you’re not giving your photographer a chance to capture the entire story of your day.

When a photographer arrives at a brides house in the morning, they begin photographing the many little details.  They have the time to set up lovely shots of the dress, shoes and jewelry that all of the little things that make your day truly unique.  Your photographer will often have the time to capture some of the lovely candids that occur while you’re touching up your makeup, having your veil pinned in and delicate putting on her jewelry.  You may not want photos of your dress being laced, but having a photo of your parents reaction (and your reaction) the moment they see you in that dress is truly priceless.

The same holds true when the photographer has a chance to visit the groom in the morning, too!  The groom has details to photographer too: ties, cufflinks, shoes – all components of the day!  The candids capture with the men in the morning are always a lovely addition to the story of your day – whether they’re having a beer or pacing nervously, it’s part of the story of your day!

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Details and candids aside, having your photographer present pre-ceremony allows for the chance to capture bride and groom portraits as well as many of the combinations of family and wedding party photos that would otherwise have to be taken during your formal photo session.  Some of the photos that photographers like to take in the morning include:

  • Groom portraits
  • Groom + groomsmen (group and individual)
  • Groom + parents (group and individual)
  • Bridal portraits
  • Bride + bridesmaids (group and individual)
  • Bride + parents (group and individual)

By getting these photos done early, your post-ceremony photo session can be used much more efficiently!  Sure, you’ll have a few big group photos to take but you can spend the majority of time posing for bride and groom portraits (and we all know that the more time you devote to formal photos, the more artistic and creative your photographer can get!)

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So before you dismiss the idea of having pre-ceremony photography coverage (or “getting ready” photography coverage) simply because you don’t want photos of your dress being laced up, stop and think about all of the wonderful moments that can be captured and how much more relaxed it can make the rest of your day!

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