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How To Get Amazing Getting Ready Photos

Ever wondered how to get those Pinterest-worthy getting ready photos? Over the years, I've learned some tricks to get those dreamy photos every bride wants. Yes, I can do a lot with editing and in-camera settings, but getting these types of photos go beyond that. If getting ready photos are a priority to you, than check out these proactive tips to help you achieve these beautiful photos!

1. Pay Attention to Wall Colors

Wall colors play an important part in photos especially in the area where you are putting on your dress. I know it sounds a little crazy, but wall colors can sometimes be distracting in photos. You want people to notice the details in your dress, not the wallpaper behind you. Depending on the color of the walls- reds, browns, yellows, greens- these can all cast onto your skin making you look too orange or yellow. Neutrals and pastels are the colors you really want to go for when choosing your getting ready room.

2. The More Windows the Better

Windows bring in a lot of natural light that can light up your eyes and face better than a flash can. You'll get more true to color photos because there is no ambient light being cast onto your skin, which can make your skin look yellow-y. We don't want yellow skin- we want you to GLOW!

3. Keep Your Room Tidy!

There's nothing more frustrating than looking back at your photos and noticing an out of place water bottle or open chip bag. Select a designated room for everyone to keep their belongings in instead of setting their bags down anywhere. This will also help save time as your photographer doesn't have to rearrange furniture around. Instead, they focus on getting more photos of you!

4. Gather Your Details

Being prepared is key. Having all your details in one place helps your timeline flow more smoothly so your photographer can get to photographing. Details to consider photographing are your shoes, bouquets, both your wedding bands and your engagement ring, your veil, earrings, necklace, special dress hanger, invitations, etc. There's so many unique elements to bring to your wedding for your photographer to capture.

5. A Tip for the Guys

I 100% recommend grooms having getting ready photos with their groomsmen. Every groom and groomsmen I've photographed had a blast while taking photos and absolutely loved the photos once they saw their album! With that being said, here's a few tips for the men:

Gather all your wedding details for the photographer. This could include cufflinks, ties, shoes, socks, watches, cologne, etc.

Plan on having a toast with your groomsmen after you're all dressed up.

Remove cellphones and wallets from all pockets!!

View photos as something fun and not dreadful. To help with this, plan something fun to do during your photos. This could include drinking some whiskey, smoking some cigars, playing poker, having a dance battle, etc.


Get matching outfits 😍 I seriously love it when bridesmaids have matching robes or pajamas. Y'all just look like a bad ass hype squad, and I'm all here for it! Remember that the bride isn't the only person getting photographed for getting ready photos- bridesmaids are just as important! If you want to do a first look with your bridesmaids, consider having all of their makeup done before you get in your dress. Don't forget to give yourself plenty of time with this either. It can all seem very overwhelming- but you got it girl! You're going to have your dreamy wedding photos in no time!



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