I love capturing morning prep…and I cannot lie!
It’s such a wonderful part of the day, the pre-ceremony relaxed moments, the calm before the heart thumping, excited storm. Preening and pruning, surrounded by your best mates and family as you get ready for the happiest day of your life… what’s not to love about it?! Here are some tips for a great prep:
LIGHT! Us photographers are light chasers, we love it and not just because we are weirdly obsessed (much). Light not only looks ace but it makes you look knock-out hot too! Think about where you’d like to get ready, are there windows? There are?! FAB, set up camp near those for said preening and pruning… the imagery will be on point with all that natural light beaming on your happy face.
TIDY ROOM Now I’m the first to admit, I’m a little lackadaisical when someone tells me to tidy. I’m not talking show home quality, just a consciousness of what’s around you. Bright orange Sainsbury’s carrier bags, last night’s room service and one million suitcases can make for a distracting background. However bottles of fizz, discarded corks, phones with playlists, opened cards and general prep paraphernalia are totally welcome, it tells a story.
IF YOUR NAME’S NOT DOWN Make a list of who you’d
a) like around you for the morning and
b) who you’d like with you for those last special moments donning your wedding get up and adding finishing touches.
A crowded room can be stressful, you want to be all zen before you marry your beau. Give or discuss the list with someone you can trust to ensure your prep room doesn’t end up like family reunion with long lost cousins and their “plus one” you never even knew they had.
You Are so 2018! Did you know, if you wanted to, you can get ready together? I’ve photographed couples separately and together, both lovely in their own ways. If you fancy breaking away from tradition, this could be for you.
2nd photographer Not getting ready together? You may want to consider a second shooter (hired by Casey Avenue). That way both of you get captured AND you get them there for the whole day, so two awesome photographers shooting different perspectives (eg front and back of ceremony).
Location = time When planning where to get ready, consider the distance (and time) it will take for you to get to the ceremony venue, less is more in this instance… the closer you are, the less obstacles for delay are in your way.
If you’re not already booked in with me for your wedding photography, head on over to my contact page and send me your details, I’d love to chat about your wedding plans!