Importance of "Getting Ready" Wedding Photos

Maid of Honor getting her hair done.

Maid of Honor getting her hair done.

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.

This was right before the bride's mom and sisters started bawling. Definitely a great moment to remember. 

This was right before the bride's mom and sisters started bawling. Definitely a great moment to remember. 

Having coverage of the groom is popular now! So glad about that! Grooms are people too, y'all.  (credit: W.S.) 

Having coverage of the groom is popular now! So glad about that! Grooms are people too, y'all.  (credit: W.S.) 

 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. 

Who wouldn't want to remember this moment?! (credit: M. H.) 

Who wouldn't want to remember this moment?!
(credit: M. H.) 

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.

In the dressing rooms and salons of the world, that's where the story of a wedding really begins

And flower girls - they're super important. What a cutie. 

And flower girls - they're super important. What a cutie. 

HELLO!

HELLO!

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Checking out her wedding hashtag on Instagram. 

Checking out her wedding hashtag on Instagram. 

Grooms always have to have a beer with their groomsmen - makes sense to me. 

Grooms always have to have a beer with their groomsmen - makes sense to me. 

I think she looks like a doll - gorgeous! 

I think she looks like a doll - gorgeous! 

Bride seeing herself for the first time - I think she's happy. 

Bride seeing herself for the first time - I think she's happy. 

Bride getting all laced up. 

Bride getting all laced up. 

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Those are some bridal SHOES. 

Those are some bridal SHOES.