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Photographing your morning preparations

Morning preparations on your wedding day are special and filled with excitement, anticipation, and joy. Here are some tips for the couples to ensure that it goes and smooth and enjoyable as possible.

The first thing you need to consider is whether you would like both parties to be photographed at the same time and how long would you like your photographer to spend on each side. If you would like the equal amount of time spending with bride and groom or you are getting ready at the different places, you might need two photographers.

I would advise at least an hour and a half for the bridal party and 30-60 minutes for groom's preparation. Sometimes groom’s preparation is being left out, but it is actually a perfect time to capture boys having fun and celebrating the start of the wedding day.

Tips for brides:

-   Having photographer around whilst you're getting ready can be intimidating for many brides. Let’s be honest, it is very rarely that you feel totally comfortable in front of the camera, unless you are a professional model. But all you must remember that is your photographer’s job to find the most flattering angles for you and capture your beauty and excitement. We love to take shots of you acting as natural as possible when you are chatting and laughing with your bridesmaids or looking at your hair, makeup, wedding dress in the mirror. So, focus on the present moment and enjoy each step of the preparation process. It’s perfectly normal to feel a mix of emotions, so just be yourself and let your personality to shine through the photographs.

-    When it comes to posing make sure that you angle your body slightly instead of facing the camera directly to create more flattering silhouette. Stand with one foot slightly in front of the other, tilt your head on one side and smile softly. I like “look over your shoulder” pose, it can highlight a back of the dress and add an element of mystery.

-  Photographs of little details can be a great addition to your wedding gallery. Make sure that you have them ready for your photographer. It can be shoes, rings, invitations, your favourite perfume, jewellery, or anything that is meaningful to you.

-   Timing. I cannot stress enough how important is to be slightly ahead of time. Ideally you would be in your wedding dress at least 30 minutes before the start of your ceremony. This time will allow your photographer to take some shots of you in your dress and you with bridesmaids and family.

-   Make most of your morning preparations, put your favourite music on, spend quality time with your bridesmaids and family, share stories, laugh, and enjoy the moments together. Don’t worry about anything by accepting the fact that not everything will go perfectly and that’s ok.

Tips for grooms:

-   The main tip for the groom is not to have a bachelor party the night before your wedding day.

Everything else is fine.

-  Despite groom prep has a bit less aspects to photograph than the bride prep, there are many amazing moments to capture such as boys are having fun, hugs with family and friends, drinks with groomsmen. Just do whatever feels good and your photographer will take care of the rest.

-  Little details such as cufflinks, watch, shoes, tie are important. Make sure that you have anything meaningful to you ready for your photographer.  

-   Walking with your groomsmen can add some dynamic to the shots.

- Or why not give it a go with with some groom's lifting poses?

-  All you must remember is it is your big day and enjoy the moment. Let your personality shine through the photos.


If you are getting married and looking for an Essex-based wedding photographer, I would love to hear from you! Book your free consultation where we can get to know each other and have a chat about your wedding day.



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