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How to Get Stunning Getting Ready Photos

Getting ready on your wedding day is undoubtedly one of the most exciting parts! Hanging out with your bridesmaids and your family, maybe popping some champagne and soaking in all of the anticipation of one of the best days of your life! With almost 10 years of experience as a Denver wedding photographer, getting ready is always one of my favorite parts of the day to capture. With all of this experience I’ve gleaned over the years, I’m sharing 6 tips to help you get the most stunning getting ready photos that you will cherish for years to come!

bride putting on her dress

Go for natural light

When it comes to getting ready photos, light is everything! If you’re getting ready at a hotel or an Air BNB, choose one with spacious rooms and lots of windows to bring plenty of natural light. It also helps if the decor is clean and minimal so as not to be distracting.

Rebecca and Arno | Intimate Backyard Wedding | Katie Jane Photography | Colorado Wedding Photographer | via
Rebecca and Arno | Intimate Backyard Wedding | Katie Jane Photography | Colorado Wedding Photographer | via

Clean up the clutter

It’s no surprise that a room full of people getting ready can equal a lot of stuff. Be sure to keep purses, hangers, clothes, water bottles, food trays, etc. as neat and tidy as possible. Gather it all on one side of the room or tuck it away in a closet. No one wants a photo getting in their wedding dress with a cheese tray in the background, right?

Wear something pretty

Before you actually put on your wedding dress, there will be many candid photos of you with your bridesmaids or getting the finishing touches of hair and makeup, so why not choose something pretty to wear? An elegant white robe or silk PJ set is not only comfortable, it will be so cute in your photos! Check out Plum Pretty Sugar or BHLDN for some really great options.

Get ready last

When planning your hair and makeup timeline, be sure you’re the last one on the list. While you finish up hair and makeup, your mom and bridesmaids should be getting in their dresses so they’re ready to help you with yours. Whoever is helping you with your dress, shoes and jewelry should be photo ready too!

Allow enough time

In my experience, it’s so easy to get behind schedule while you’re getting ready. Build a buffer into your timeline of 30 minutes to an hour so if hair and makeup is running behind, someone is running late or a wardrobe malfunction arises, you won’t feel as stressed. This will also ensure there is plenty of time to get detail shots like your dress, shoes, invitations, etc. and plenty of candid shots with your bridal crew.

Above all, make it fun!

Hanging out with your bridal party is one of the most special parts of the day. Make it extra fun by popping some champagne, tossing some confetti or even doing a first look with your girls. The possibilities are endless!

Want more wedding tips? Check out 9 Tips for a Stress Free Wedding Day or Planning Your Engagement Session

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