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  • Writer's pictureLori Benson

Tips for Stunning Getting-Ready Wedding Pictures

Updated: Jan 25

Your wedding day is one of the most special days of your life! From the anticipation of walking down the aisle to the celebration with loved ones, every moment is cherished. However, one of the most overlooked moments is the getting-ready process. This is a time filled with excitement, anticipation, and emotions that should not be missed in your wedding album. To ensure you have stunning getting-ready photos that capture these moments, follow the tips outlined below. From planning ahead to focusing on the details, let's walk you through everything you need to know to create breathtaking memories.


Plan Ahead


Make sure you have enough time for hair and makeup, and that you have all the necessary items on hand. Consider setting aside a designated space for getting ready photos, with plenty of natural light and minimal clutter. This will not only make for better pictures but also a more calm and organized getting-ready experience. Discuss any specific photo requests or ideas with your photographer in advance, so they can ensure they capture everything you envision. Your photographer should also have a list of items for detail shots to help enhance your getting-ready moments.


Bridal Getting Ready Suite at The Legacy on Green Hills in Kansas City, Missouri.



Choose the Right Lighting


Lighting is often the key factor that can make or break a shot. Natural light is the most flattering and will provide the most natural-looking photos. If possible, choose a space with large windows that will let in plenty of light. If natural light is not an option, consider bringing in additional lighting equipment to ensure your photos come out looking their best.


However, be cautious of harsh lighting that can cast unflattering shadows or create a washed-out effect. Soft, diffused lighting is often the best choice for getting-ready photos. If you're not sure which lighting will work best, discuss your options with your photographer ahead of time. They may have suggestions for how to make the most of the available light in your space.


Bridal Getting Ready Suite at The Legacy on Green Hills in Kansas City, Missouri.



Make space for Your Photographer


This is an important one. This means not only physically clearing a space for your photographer to work but also being mindful of their needs throughout the process.


Your getting-ready space should be well-lit and clutter-free, allowing your photographer to move around and capture all the essential shots. Consider designating a specific area for hair and makeup, keeping in mind that it should be near a window or other natural light source.


Again, collaborate with your photographer ahead of time to discuss the space and any potential limitations. They may have suggestions for how to make the most out of the available space and ensure that all the details are captured.


Bridal Suite at Courtyard by Marriott in Columbia, Missouri



Focus on the Details


When you have confidence in your photographer, you can focus on the details of your wedding day without worrying about the pictures. Whether it's your bridal gown, jewelry, or accessories, your photographer should capture every piece that you've carefully chosen for your special day. It's the little things that make your wedding unique and memorable, and that's why paying attention to the details is so important.


Bridal Suite at Landhaus - The Park at New Melle Lakes in Wentzville, Missouri



Relax and Have Fun!


The most important thing to remember is to relax and have fun. It's your special day, and you deserve to enjoy every moment of it. When you're feeling stressed or anxious, it can be challenging to be present and fully engaged in the moment.


Remember that your wedding photos are meant to capture the joy and beauty of your wedding day, not add to your stress levels. So take a deep breath, relax, and let your photographer do the rest. When you look back at your stunning getting-ready wedding pictures, you'll be able to see all of the love, happiness, and excitement that you felt on your wedding day.






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