I always encourage couples to plan for their photographer to be there to document the getting ready part of the wedding day if it fits within their schedule. Here are some of the main reasons:
- This is your opportunity to get details shots of your dress, shoes jewelry, suit, etc. You will spend a lot of time considering what your little details will be, so it’s important to get photos of them. These shots make a wonderful opening to your wedding album. Detail shots pair beautifully with storytelling images and candid pictures.
- Your photographer has a chance to meet your family and friends. Your family and friends may not be accustomed to the idea of a storytelling, documentary approach to wedding photography. They may be expecting to be “on” or looking for pictures. The getting ready part of the day gives everyone a chance to get used to the idea of a photographer merging into the group. They will be more relaxed during the rest of the day.
- You get a chance to go over any last-minute ideas or details with your photographer. The may be some key information from the ceremony rehearsal that you’ll need to pass along to your photographer and you’ll have plenty of time to do so.
- You get to do a first look with your parents or friends. There are so many emotional moments before the ceremony. Most of my personal favorite wedding images were taken in the morning during the getting ready part of the schedule. Tears are not uncommon!
- You can often get two for the price of one. If you choose to get ready at a hotel, you can send your photographer to both parties and you will eliminate the need for a second photographer. I personally photograph both sides of the wedding party for most of my couples, mostly because I build it into my schedule. I have the extra time because I don’t structure my packages by the hour, which gives the most flexibility to my couples.