When I have my initial consult with brides, many of them wonder if they need "all day coverage" for their wedding.
"Why are the 'getting ready' photos so important?"
I don't tell them they need a photographer to spend the morning with them, but instead, I show them photos of other brides and grooms preparing for their big day.
Your wedding day is a blur. Your cheeks hurt from smiling. Your voice is hoarse from celebrating and graciously accepting all those "congratulations!" You are dead tired by the end of the night, probably hungry too - knowing you most likely only managed to wolf down a cheese cube and that one bite of cake (or maybe that was just me?).
Because it's such a blur, your photos act as the best way to remember the day's events. If you're anything like me (or like almost ALL of the brides I've photographed on their big day) when you're getting ready, you're arguably your most nervous.
It's hard to "take it all in" and remember the beauty of the day if you're nervous. Some shots of that moment with your mother, or your father seeing you for the first time, even just that few seconds where your best friend embraces you to quell the nerves - those ARE moments you'll want to remember. Your photographer should be there. Wielding not just a camera and a lens, but tissues, Tums, or a little ginger candy to calm your stomach. Obviously, I love those moments with the bride or groom. I also love watching their anxiety melt away the moment they lock eyes with their other half. Maybe I'm just a romantic.
I also love the pure, candid moments that this time provides - no one is standing around, making you pose awkwardly with Uncle Jim. It's just you, your best friends, and those glorious last moments before your life changes forever.