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Photos of the couple getting ready are often part of what the bride wants on the day of the wedding. Notice I said what the bride wants! Generally the groom doesn’t care! When this is requested, your wedding photography timeline will begin here. Personally, I am a huge fan of these "getting ready" pictures. Here's why:
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I always try to plan it so that I arrive when the make up is being finished and the bride's hair is almost done. The reason for this is because the bride will sit there for at least 2 hours getting her makeup and hair done, there is no need to take pictures of these things for that long.
So I will arrive about the time that her mascara is being applied and her lips are having color added. I love getting shots of the bride’s eyes when she is having her mascara applied! Her hair will be getting the last few curls and pinned up, so it is also a great time to get shots of how the hairstyle comes together.
While I'm waiting for something new to happen with the bride (because you can only take so many photos of mascara or curls), I will spend some time taking photos of the bridesmaids getting ready as well.
While I am taking care of the bride, my second shooter is with the groom - taking pictures of him getting ready. Those photos usually include the groom buttoning his shirt, putting on his cuff links, doing his tie, putting on his jacket and tying his shoes. It takes much less time for the groom to get ready, so if all his groomsmen are with him, the second shooter will get some fun shots of all the guys together which will save time later in the day.
Now that the bride has her make up and hair done, she’s ready to get into her dress. MAKE SURE BEFORE SHE PUTS HER DRESS ON, YOU'VE TAKEN PICTURES OF HER DRESS HANGING.
Once she has the dress on, I start clicking away. You want to be sure to get pictures of the back of her dress being buttoned, tied or zipped (sometimes all 3), a sash being tied and then pull back so you get pictures of the people doing those things to her dress. This is about the time the bride will look into a mirror and cry. So be ready for that!
She still has shoes to put on, which someone usually helps her with. I usually get on the ground to get those pictures so that the angle is good. Remember that the bride's garter goes on the right leg (memorize that)! You will be asked at almost every wedding you do and nobody will know which leg to put it on, so they will expect YOU to know!!
Now that the bride has done with all of this, she has her jewelry to put on. There is usually a large or long mirror in the room, so I ask her to put this on while looking in that mirror - this makes for some really pretty photos. She also has to put on her veil, which someone else usually does for her, be sure to take photos of that as well.
When the bride is completely ready, you can head to the ceremony site and wait there for the wedding ceremony to begin.
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Amy Phipps is the photographer behind On the Phippside Photography, located in Stockton, California. Amy has been married for 21 years and has 4 children. When she’s not trying to decide between which of her 43 black shirts to wear, you can probably find her sipping on a Dr. Pepper and walking around any day of the year in flip flops.