January 28, 2014

Seven Tips and Tricks for Great Getting Ready Shots | Saratoga Springs Wedding Photographer

What do you need to do to make sure you create fabulous photos during the Getting Ready portion of your wedding day?  Here are our Seven Tips and Tricks for Great Getting Ready Shots:

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Black and white photos are very intimate and suit the getting ready portion of the day.

As a Saratoga Springs Wedding Photographer, my bridal couples often turn to me for some advice in the planning process. There are so many details to consider, and for many people, planning an event like a wedding can be an overwhelming process. I have decided to address some common concerns in a series of blog posts so you can get the best photographic coverage of your wedding. When you follow some simple tips and tricks, the planning process becomes easier and more enjoyable, and the quality of the photos will increase exponentially.

Naturally, the start of photographic coverage often begins with the bride and groom getting ready. These photos, while not mandatory, can really advance the story line in an album and help tell a complete story of the day. So below we have some simple tips and tricks for achieving stunning getting ready photos.

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Taryn chose to get ready at the Mansion Inn Bed and Breakfast in the formal parlor where the light was great and the backdrop uinique.

1. Set the stage correctly by providing a wonderful backdrop. A cool Bed and Breakfast Inn or a boutique hotel could offer some really interesting backdrops for getting ready wedding photos.

Mountain Wedding Photos
This Destination Wedding in Park City featured dramatic views. I wanted to make sure to use the reflection in the glass doon to help convey a sense of place. The mountains are beautiful.

2. Great photos need great light. Although our cameras are fantastic in low light situations, we still prefer really beautiful natural light. We recommend you get ready in a space that has large windows. This may mean a large living room instead of a bedroom if you are getting ready at home.

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This room not only had great natural light, it was also spacious and accommodated all the girls in the Wedding Party.

3. If you have a large party of people getting ready with you, make sure you are using a space large enough to comfortably accommodate them.

Lake Placid Wedding Photo 01
There was virtually no clutter in this area where the guys were getting ready–YAY!
Mansion Wedding Photo Upstate NY
Space to spread out = zen atmosphere.

4. Clutter can be distracting–you will be busy, so assign someone to make sure the area is reasonably tidy. You don’t need to be obsessive-compulsive, but clearing up the plastic water bottles or plastic bags on the floor goes a long way in making things look great.

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Clutter can be distracting, so try to either eliminate it or confine it to a small area. That way your photos will focus on YOU.

5. Be sure to schedule enough time! Make sure you discuss your timeline in detail with the hair and makeup people. We highly recommend that you have a trial run with your stylist(s) so you know exactly how long the process will take so you may plan accordingly. We personally like the bride to be ready first so we can begin working with her if things are running late.

6. We recommend that you place an unblemished copy of your invitation/stationary suite in a sealed plastic bag the week before the wedding and put it with all the items you intend to have with you when you are getting ready. That way the photographer can get a shot of these for scene setters.

Saratoga Mansion Wedding Photos
A copy of the invitation is always a nice thing to include in the Getting Ready coverage.
Winter Ski Wedding Photos
The custom stationary by Paper Dolls of Saratoga was perfect because Ali and James love to ski!

7. Invest in a really beautiful hanger for your dress–looks so much nicer than a plastic hanger and can be personalized for the day. What a great detail.

Inn at Erlowest Wedding Photo
Pictures of your friends and family helping you get ready–priceless!

Paying attention to these details will help you get great wedding day getting ready photos to help you relive your special moments. Following these tips will help you be relaxed and smiling when your photographer is taking your getting ready photos.   If you enjoyed this article on Wedding Planning, you might also enjoy reading an article about Wedding Planning.  If you are planning a wedding, you might find our FAQ page on Hiring a Wedding Photographer helpful.

Susan Blackburn is a Saratoga Springs Wedding Photographer providing photography services for clients in Saratoga, Lake George, the Adirondacks, and beyond. Call 518.584.4237 to schedule a consultation or a photography session.