The pre-ceremony preparations on a wedding day are one of my favourite times as a wedding photographer. For lots of couples this is often their first experience of being photographed professionally. As a result and as the photographer, it is essential to make it as relaxed as possible. Both bride and groom prep have their own unique quirks. Sometimes ladies are worried about being photographed without their makeup for example, and often grooms are the more nervous of the two about being photographed.
I specialise in bridal prep as I have covered the morning preparations of each and every wedding we have ever shot. Which is over 200 weddings at this point!
I love the variety that this part of the day offers. Each is similar but completely different at the same time. Sometimes you arrive to chaos. Literal screaming and things everywhere, mass panic. At others you wall in to serenity and calm. As a photographer, finding the story within, without being in the way is the key. It is why we do not do any posed stuff during this part of the day at all. We know that some photographers like to ensure the bride is dressed long before the ceremony for example for bridal portraits. We do not do this. The couples we book tend to have no interest in this kind of coverage and prefer the natural, unposed, storytelling moments.
Consequently, almost everything we do from the point of arrival is totally authentic. A few details shots will be captured of the dress and shoes for example, but no posed portraits or unnecessary interruption. I just capture everything as it happens in the way I see most fitting, or relevant. Creativity and looking for those moments is also a big part of what I do.
Framing changes a scene completely, as you will see from some of the images I have included in this post.
I have included below some of my favourite shots from bridal prep from this wedding season. They showcase some of the variety that prep coverage offers. From hair and makeup application to more creative images. Proud parents documenting the day their way and little ones who aren’t quite sure what all the fuss is about. Family, interaction and charming moments.
I hope you enjoy this small collection of images.
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