Getting Ready Guide
Getting ready is a great time to relax and spend time with your friends before the business of the day. It is the start of the story of your wedding day and can make for some great photos full of genuine emotion and magic. I am including these tips as a guide to help you plan for the best photos possible that focus on the things that matter most during this time.There are three things to be aware before and during the getting ready process: light, tidiness, and schedule. Fortunately all of these things are very easily fixed.
Like any other aspect of the day, with photography, light is the most important thing to consider. many bridal suites can be dark and unevenly/harshly lit especially towards the back of the room. The way to fix this is to set up near a single window or near several windows. Even a single small window can make all the difference in terms of lighting. Several windows can be even better.
Another light challenge is the mixture of artificial light and natural daylight. This is also an easy fix. Even if just for a few shots, by turning off the indoor lights, as long as there is a good amount of window light, this will eliminate conflicting color tones from differing light sources. This seems counterintuitive but it makes for a better more naturally lit photo.
This is probably the easiest thing to fix but can be one of the biggest challenges for photography if it is not. There are many practical things that need to happen on a wedding day such as having lunch, drinking water, finding clothes, etc. However, these things can pile up quickly and make for a significant amount of visual clutter that can inevitably make for cluttered looking photos. A suggested way to fix this is by designating a room or corner to keep strollers, purses, overnight bags, empty water bottles, shoes, jackets and anythings else of that nature. The idea is to keep the getting ready space as clean as possible. This helps me to be able to focus on the most meaningful moments during that time without having to dodge water bottles or catering trays(although I almost always partake in the catering tray if invited).
This one is obvious and self-explanatory but out of experience, I have seen the getting ready process take more time than expected with roughly 60% of the weddings I have been part of. Weather it is misjudging the time it takes to get from the hotel to the venue or weather it takes longer to get everyone's make up finished than expected, I have seen it happen often. A suggested way to fix this is to allow a little more extra time than you think as a safety cushion. With this being said, it is not the end of the world if the schedule runs a little behind but it can make it difficult to fit everything in that needs to happen before the ceremony.
Another suggestion is to consider booking an AirBnB. There is a variety a places around Dallas and abroad with tons of character and great lighting. They are often more affordable with more space and better amenities than a hotel. It's also possible to find a space that matches the style and feel of your wedding.
IT'S GOING TO BE GREAT!
With all that being said, this guide is meant to create as close to an ideal situation as possible in terms of photography. If your schedule runs moderately behind or your bridal suite doesn't have windows, it is not the end of the world and I do my best to work around those things. I want to provide as much information I can think of to share to help you plan for great photos. If you have any questions or concerns I am available to help! Just text me, call me, or shoot me an email.