Schedule the photographer for the right time
If you would like you photographer to take photos of both you and your future spouse getting ready, you will need to plan accordingly. This can be even more tricky if two different locations are being used. Instead of assuming that your photographer will show up in time for everything you want photographed, discuss when and where you would like him or her to arrive.
Know what shots you want
It’s a good idea to have a list of exactly what shots you want taken, instead of just assuming they will happen. Here are a few common pictures you may want to put on your list:
- Putting on the dress
- Stepping into your shoes
- Slipping on your garter
- A shot of the engagement and wedding rings
- Seeing your spouse for the first time
- You and your loved one interacting
Have important items on hand
If there are other things that you want photographed beside yourself, you need to have all of these items on hand. The shoes, jewelry, bouquet, dress, invitation, handkerchiefs, and something old, new, borrowed and blue are all traditional things that brides want captured. Don’t forget about the groom! Get pictures of his watch, boutonniere, cufflinks and more.
Keep a clean space
You don’t want anything distracting from you and your spouse-to-be, and if you’re in a messy room, all of that clutter can take away from the two of you. It’s also important that you choose an area with plenty of natural light. If you have an overhead fluorescent light, it can create harsh shadows and alter the color of your skin in photos. Get a picture of yourself standing next to a window with soft, warm light streaming in on the gorgeous detailing of your gown. If you want to take pictures outside, look for a shaded area away from the harsh light, like underneath a pier on the beach.
If you really want to be prepared, you can visit the photo site beforehand to check out the angle of the sun, as well as what foot-traffic is nearby. You may also want to have a plan B just in case it starts to rain.