Bride and Groom Preparation
12 SEP – Wedding photography Brisbane – by Lucas Kraus
I often get asked if I can do both bride preparation and groom preparation on the same day or if I can provide a second photographer for this particular part. Although I can provide a second wedding photographer, I prefer to do both bride and groom preparation myself.
The reason for this is simple. It allows the wedding photography to remain consistent, which is especially important for the albums you will receive. Although our second photographers are capable and experienced, every photographer has their own unique style in how they photograph. Our experienced team have specific routines which I like to follow for both groom prep and bridal prep. I usually allow for 30 to 45 minutes for groom preparation. It is a good idea if the boys are showered, shaved and ready to go. I often tell my grooms to put their pants, socks and shirts on and leave the rest.
When I arrive, I will then get them to put their shoes on, their ties and their jackets as this makes for great wedding photographs. During this, I will get the groomsmen to tighten the grooms tie, secure his cuff lings and put his jacket on for him. We then do a few group shots, groom with his parents and then spend around 5 to 10 minutes taking photographs of the groom by himself.
I then head over to the brides house. I usually allow for 60 to 90 minutes for bridal preparation. The best time for me to arrive is when the bride is getting her makeup done. This way I can get a few photos of makeup/hair while getting photos of the details i.e. dress hanging up, shoes, jewellery, bouquet etc. Once I have finished this, I always like to get a shot of all the girls in their robes and opening a bottle of champagne. Then it is time for the bride to get into her dress. As a male photographer, I am always aware of privacy and will wait outside until the dress is all the way up. I like to get photos of the bridesmaids doing the dress up at the back and fluffing out the dress. Again, I will get group shots, family shots and then spend around 15 to 20 minutes with the bride if time allows.
It is important to talk to your wedding photographer about the structure and timeline for bride and groom prep, as it can be one of the busiest times of the day for a wedding photographer. I will ensure we are on the same page as to what time I will arrive and what is going to happen next. Working out how much time to allow for travel between grooms house and brides house and ceremony is also very important. The last thing anyone wants for a wedding is the photographer to be running late.
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Great information. We had our wedding last year and we had no communication with our wedding photographer and would not return our emails etc. very frustrating!