Getting ready - wedding rings
Getting ready - bride with orchids
I love documenting the time when a bride is getting ready for her wedding! There are so many beautiful details and lovely moments while the bride prepares for her walk down the aisle! In fact, I love it so much that I recently shared an entire blog post about why brides should have getting ready photos. And I’m not the only one who loves getting ready photos! Not only have many past MJP brides told us how much they cherish those images, but the multitude of getting ready photos on Pinterest is proof that these images can be stunning and powerful. So how do you make the most of your getting ready photos? Here are a few things that you can do to help ensure that your getting ready photos are every bit as beautiful as you envision!
reading a letter on er wedding day
Getting ready - wedding dress waiting
Getting ready - Bagdley Mischka shoes for the bride
1. Bring in the light!

When it comes to photography, light is king! Natural sunlight is softer, more even, and more flattering than the light from lamps and light fixtures. When you’re deciding where to get ready for your wedding, consider the light in the space. A room with large windows and plenty of natural light will make your photos SO much better! If it’s not possible to get ready in a space with natural light, ask to see if there is an outdoor area that you can use for your finishing touches.
getting ready outdoors
Getting ready outdoors
veil edged in scalloped lace
2. Cut the clutter!

Even one person getting ready for a wedding can generate a vast array of clutter – brushes and bags, snacks and water bottles, clothes and accessories. When you consider that many brides get ready in the same space as their bridesmaids or close female relatives, you can imagine how much STUFF ends up in the room. In order to have the clean and elegant getting ready photos you’re dreaming of, it’s crucial to clear away the clutter. If possible, designate a helper to keep everything organized and tucked away.

Cutting the clutter can extend to the room’s décor, too! Don’t be afraid to relocate paintings, bedspreads, or lamps that don’t go with your aesthetic. Tucking these items into a closet will keep them safe … and out of your photos!
Getting ready - bride having her makeup applied
Getting ready - flower girl in white
Getting ready - mother-of-the-bride and her daughter
3. Be prepared!

Well before the wedding day, sit down and make a list of all of the details that you would like to have photographed. Your jewelry, shoes, vows, wedding invitation suite, a unique dress hanger, the special item that you’re carrying as your “something old” … there are so many unique elements that you may want your photographer to capture and preserve! Once the list is made, entrust it to someone who will be with you in your getting ready space and have that person gather all of those items together for your photographer. That way nothing will be missed, and your photographer won’t have to spend precious time to tracking them all down.
dramatic ring and veil edged in lace
bling on Jimmy Choo wedding shoes
bride with white orchids
Like me, all wedding photographers want to give their clients stunning photos of their day! The getting ready shots are no different; you deserve beautiful photos that will help you remember the private moments and cherished details years from now. These tips – having lots of natural light, cutting out the clutter, and being prepared with the items you would like to have captured – will help your photographer to create stunning images so that you can treasure them forever!

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Make the most of your getting ready photos with these 3 tips!
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