Bridal Preparation Photos
Makeup and hair running late, dresses not co-operating like it did in the shop, family wanting to be apart of the action, drivers not turning up on time, the thought of traffic on the way to the ceremony. Bridal preparation can be one of the more stressful times of the entire day, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are some tips I have learnt over the years to help keep the preparation running smoothly and stress free
- If Google Maps is telling you it takes 30 minutes to get to the ceremony, give yourself at least 45 minutes to get there. That way, if you are running slightly behind schedule you still have extra time up your sleeve.
- Choose to get ready close to the ceremony location. I can not stress this enough. When I was photographing weddings in Sydney, some brides would be getting ready an hour from the ceremony. Combine this with Sydney traffic and is a recipe. If possible, hire a hotel close to the vicinity of the ceremony to help alleviate stress.
- If hair and makeup say it will take 3 hours, allow 4 hours. Hair and make-up is notorious for running over schedule, especially with 4 or 5 bridesmaids.
- Prepare and know where all the dresses, jewellery, garments before getting dressed.
When I photograph bridal preparation, I usually allow 90 minutes. The best time for me to arrive is when you are just finishing your hair and makeup. That way, I can get photos of your dress hanging up, jewellery and other bits and pieces as well as hair and makeup photos. One this is done, I usually get a photograph of all the bridesmaids in their robes, then we go straight into putting on dress photos. I always try and leave around 15-30 minutes before the bride to ensure I have enough time to beat the traffic, get a parking spot and check out the ceremony location and speak with the celebrant.