I love this part of the story. It’s the moment when you’re getting ready, you see the photographer coming and you never know what to do and how to behave. You could be in a panic, someone important (such as the hairdresser or make-up artist) might be late and the photographer could be possibly the last person you would like to see 🙂 Every situation is different and it is difficult to predict or anticipate what it will happen. No matter the circumstances, this moment is the beginning of the story and it’s important to set the tone for the day and get good images right away. That’s why I want to give you 3 tips to enjoy these moments to the fullest and get some great preparation photos.
My number one advice is: whatever you are doing, keep doing it and, most of the time, ignore the photographer!
As soon as you enter the room where you are preparing, surely the photographer will introduce himself to everyone, he will show what kind of shots he will do, he will start to look at the light, where it enters, how much there is and its quality, so he can do well-lit photos. At this stage I can guarantee you that it will not ask you to do anything in particular, so feel free to be yourself, in your simplicity and spontaneity.
The second piece of advice I give you is this: if you want to get some good preparation photos, get yourself ready in a nice environment. It often happens, in fact, that in the agitation of the moment the room in which the bride prepares herself is totally untidy, with things scattered and piled up on the bed, objects out of place, and so on. Being attentive to details is essential. The devil is in the details. What can you do about it?
But do not worry, the photographer will take care of all the details, such as moving some things out of the frame to get a cleaner and more refined image.
At this stage, most photographers begin to photograph the dress, shoes, jewels, flowers, the participations and all that is special or personal for your big day. They do that as a warm-up which will help people get used to the sound of the camera. This way, when it comes close to you, while the make-up artist is putting make-up on you, you will not jump out of the chair, because you didn’t see that coming. It is good to always be aware of what is happening.
The third piece of advice I want to give you is this: to achieve a better result, all the people must be there — that includes the bridesmaids or the witnesses who have been chosen to play a fundamental role in your wedding.
They will be there with you while you prepare, so it would be nice to have outfits which are coordinated and maybe even in theme with the wedding.
You could opt for a dressing gown that is the same for every one of them, for example. You could think of making a toast all together, it would be a nice way to stir things up a little, make it more cheerful and capture some more smiles with some of the most important people of the day.
Most of the time the photographer is there watching, waiting for those moments to be taken forever, often changing the angle to make the story as detailed and fluid as possible. So, when you review the shots, you will retrace exactly every moment experienced: you hugging your mom who comes into the room while you try the dress, the elusive look of your dad who peeks from behind the door, the laughter with the witnesses. Every smile, every gesture, every detail of your preparation for the most important day of your life.
And here you are, you are ready. The preparation is over and it’s time to go. You are tense, joyful, excited, beautiful. You’re lovely. And I had the privilege of being a part of this intimate and unique moment.