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Wedding getting ready tips from a photographer


January 30, 2019

The small details you probably don’t think about but the top things I recommend to all my couples on the day of.

Get ready in the best light.

  • Have your makeup artist do your hair and makeup near a window, but leaving room for me to get in! Extremely bright LED hotel bathroom lights are no one’s friends. They show EVERY SINGLE PORE and flyaway. Not cute.
  • The same tip applies for getting into your dress. I want you to get dressed in a clean area near a window with a lot of natural light. Clear the area of shoe boxes, dress bags and miscellaneous getting ready items. All those glamorous light and airy photos you see on Instagram can only happen if we work together using these tips.
bride getting ready photos, bride and a pearl necklace in front of a hotel window in austin, getting ready at a hotel in austin texas
a silhouetted bride about to have a string of pearls placed around her neck.

Have all your details ready to be photographed.

  • Shoes, jewelry, perfume, invitations and any other special items set aside all together makes it faster and easier for me to photograph them during your getting ready time.
  • Ask your florist for a few extra flowers to use with your detail shots. It can be just some greenery or a single bud but it really ties the whole photo set together.
  • Your partner probably has custom details too! Ties, tie clips and any custom suit jacket embroidery are all great to photograph during this time.
  • Let me know in advance if there are any special, unusual or sentimental details so I don’t miss them!
  • Consider buying a custom ring box to hold your rings for photos. The Mrs. Box is a popular choice, but for a more unique option, try sourcing vintage ones on Etsy or Ebay.
wedding details with pink shoes and simple invitation
austin wedding photography tips for best details
Silver Jimmy Choo sandals with pink ranunculus

Keep the getting ready area tidy.

  • A full hotel room or bridal suite with tissue paper, shoe boxes everywhere, unmade beds and empty sandwich trays are distracting elements that take away from the beauty of the day. Put away your suitcases and tidy up the room for the getting dressed photos.
  • Prep the dress! Remove the cardboard bodice and swap your free plastic hanger for a simple velvet one or order a custom-made hanger on Etsy. Take a quick look before I get there: does it need to be steamed? Are the price tags still on?
  • I don’t spend a lot of time on dress hanging shots because I think they look ghostly without a body but I think they’re like a soft roll into a day of pictures.
bride dress detail hanging at barr mansion
groom's details, tie and texas tie clip on a brown pair of shoes at a texas wedding
Groom’s shoes with a Texas tie clip