5 Ideas to make your "getting ready photos" AMAZING


The getting ready portion of your photographs can be the most difficult - only because often times, these rooms are small, cramped, and dark. So what steps can you take to make sure these photographs come out as some of your most cherished of your whole day?

Here's a few easy steps:

1. Choose a room with BIG windows and lots of natural light.

Every chance I get, I'm using natural light to flatter couples and create emotional photographs. This create more genuine connection, and means I don't have to carry around heavy lighting equipment that gets in the way. The more light, the better! Often times the ladies will set up camp in a living room or dining room even. Don't be afraid to temporarily take out/move furniture.

2. Choose a room with LOTS of space.

This goes along with big windows, but a huge component of your getting ready space is, well, how much space you have. Choose one of the larger rooms possible, and keeping it organized and chaos free is easier. Which leads to...

3. Keep it ORGANIZED.

Often times the first thing I do when entering a getting ready space is I clean up. Seriously though. I'll take all of the miscellaneous items and exile them to the corner of the room. Having random dress bags, boxes, purses, you-name-its strewn about the room can make your photographs appear cluttered. One of the best ways to combat this is to give each bridesmaid their own large tote bag (it could be their wedding party gift!) for keeping wedding day items in. It's much easier to slide a tote bag under a bed or behind a door than to move armfuls of necessities.

4. Fill the room with your wedding day aesthetics.

There's no reason to keep the dress cooped up in the bag until the *exact* minute you're going to put it on. Hang yours and the 'maids dresses up to look at! Display everyone's shoes on a dresser or console table! Let those babies breathe, and let them bring you joy during your getting ready morning.

5. Consider doing a bridesmaids "first look".

This grew to be one of my FAVORITE parts of a wedding day. Your husband-to-be will think you look gorgeous during your first look - but your ladies will scream and pretty much lose it! Consider sending them out while your mom or BFF zips you up, and then bring them back in for a sweet moment. This serves as a great ending moment to the getting ready process.

So there you have it! What are some ideas you're considering when it comes to the getting ready portion of your day? Share them in the comments below!

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