I love shooting couples getting ready. Why? Because having the photographer document the early part of your wedding day can add a ton to the story of your day.
- it puts you at ease with the photographer For some folks, it's a really strange feeling to be photographed. If I begin photographing you during the preparations, by the time you get to the ceremony that discomfort is usually gone.
- your friends & loved ones get captured casually It's a busy day, and while the family formals are super important, so are those candid moments with your closest people as they help you in the big wedding adventure
- heirlooms and special details get showcased Sure, fashionable wedding shoes are a great thing, but what matters more is your mother's necklace (the one she wore on her wedding day), the photograph of your grandparents on the mantle. Weddings aren't about stuff, but objects connect us to people and show your history and personality.
If the couple gets ready in the same location, it makes things simpler, bouncing back and forth between rooms and areas of a single place. However it can be extra tricky if the couple doesn't want to see each other. A solid timeline with plans for where each individual should hang out so they can avoid accidentally spoiling the surprise helps a ton.
If the couple gets ready in different locations and time allows, I prefer to travel to each person, one at a time. But if we don't have time to spare, we prioritize one individual (usually the bride), and I play catch up when I finally see the other half of the couple, taking a solid solo portrait, capturing some candid moments, and getting details to add to the story.
But any way you swing it, the wedding preparations are a special time and worthy of being photographed.