Tips for Gorgeous "Getting Ready" Photos
Those special moments before a bride-to-be becomes a mrs can be the most cherished moments of her wedding day. From the sweet anticipation to the glamorous transformation - and all the fun moments with your bridesmaids in between - its important not to overlook your wedding morning photo list with your photographer.
Here is a list of must-shoot photos for your getting ready session, as well as a few tips to help set the stage for gorgeous shots:
1. The Relaxed Bride Shot
With bubbly in hand and an easy laugh, this shot captures a fun, relaxed vibe in such a beautiful, glamorous way. TIP: One of the best ways to create a relaxed atmosphere is with music. Set the vibe in your getting-ready suite with a bluetooth speaker and one of your favorite playlists.
Photo: Tom Cisneros
2. The Glam Close-Up
Your make-up is fresh and flawless, and now is the perfect chance to go for an ultra-glam goddess shot! TIP: Good lighting, and a simple background is key for this shot. Your make-up artist will likely position you in the spot with the best natural light anyway, but mention to your photographer that you'd like a photo with a very minimal background.
3. The Informal Group Shot
All your ladies in one shot, and none of them, including you, looking at the camera! It is a fun way to capture the atmosphere, and while it may not end up framed in your living room, you will treasure candid images like this!Photos: Nicole Goddard / Ira Lippke Studios
4. The Group Shot
This is a must-have shot, and not just once, but at least twice - first in your robes, and then again later all dressed up! TIP: This is a great shot to take outdoors, which can add to your timeline. Set aside a few extra minutes to take a few images outside the getting ready room while the ladies are still in their robes, and then retake the images in the same spot when the ladies are in their dresses.
Photos: Nicole Goddard / Alisha Crossley
5. First Look with Bridesmaids
Everyone loves the first look photos with the bride and groom, but don't forget the first look with your bridesmaids - those reactions are priceless!
Photo: Alisha Crossley
6. With The Flower Girls and Junior Bridesmaids
Be sure to take a few shots with the youngest ones in your bridal party! TIP: Don't forget matching robes for your little ladies!
Shop our flower girl and junior bridesmaids robes here
Photo: Robyn Rachel Photography
7. The Love Note
Passing notes was never more romantic and sentimental! Be sure your photographer captures this precious moment as you read your groom's words to you. TIP: water-proof mascara! Also, before sending your note to your groom, spritz it with your favorite perfume. Read more about writing the perfect love note
Photo: Lin and Jirsa
8. The Jewelry and Mehndi Close-Up Shot
Though your gorgeous, intricate bridal mehndi deserves a close-up all on its own - add in your bridal jewelry for an exquisite capture. Our Lara, Eva and Tara Bridal Robes provide the perfect backdrop in these images!
Photos: Sachi Anand / Randery Imagery / KSD Weddings