When you are preparing for your wedding, there are photo opportunities that you do not want to miss. To ensure that not any special moments are missed, you need to talk in advance with your wedding photographer. As your Washington DC wedding photographer, we want every special moment of before and after your wedding memorialized on film for you and your family and friends to enjoy for many years to come.The first type of pictures that you can have taken is with the bridesmaids and groomsmen.
If you want pictures with your bridesmaids and groomsmen before your wedding, we need to plan that into the schedule of our time together. When you have two wedding photographers, you can decide who is going to take pictures where. A male photographer would have to wait until the bride, bridesmaid, and maid or matron of honor are “decent” before they can start taking pictures. The things like this that you need to consider definitely need to be discussed prior to your wedding day. One thing that also needs to be considered is the location of where you will be getting ready for your wedding.
Also, as your Virginia wedding photographer, we need to discuss where you will be getting ready for your wedding. A lot of brides love preparing for their weddings in the comfort of their own home. When we take pictures as you get ready for your wedding, you and I, your wedding photographer will be able to get beautiful pictures anywhere in your home. However, if you are searching for a WOW factor in your pictures, you may want to get ready for your wedding at the venue where you are getting married, your bridal suite, or perhaps even borrowing or renting a cottage or another extraordinary location where us as your Washington DC wedding photographer can take some absolutely stunning getting ready pictures. It is also a good idea for you to get ready in the room with the most amount of light so we can have a lot of natural light in your pictures. The room you are getting ready in where the before wedding pictures are taken need to be tidy and uncluttered.
The place where you get ready needs to be tidy and uncluttered. There does not need to be laundry hanging anywhere or remnants from last night’s dinner lingering around. You cannot avoid things getting a bit messy on your wedding day, but the room needs to start off being clean. You also need to think about what you will be wearing that morning. A lot of brides, and, especially their bridesmaid, do not know that they will be in pictures before the wedding and that adds to the anticipation and excitement of the day. Matching robes that say bride and bridesmaid are a cute idea and a great gift for all of you. You could also wear pajamas that are the same color as your wedding colors for a special touch as well as a great addition to your wedding album. Your dear dad also needs to be part of the pictures that are taken prior to your wedding.
The bride also needs to have special moments with her dad (or whoever is giving her away) before her wedding. It will be lovely for them to see you for the first time in your wedding dress. We, as your Virginia wedding photographer will be right there to capture this special moment along with the tears that may come with it. You can also do this with your fiance’s parents as well. The last pictures that need to be taken before your wedding are pictures of your wedding details.
When we arrive to take pictures on your wedding day, it is a good idea to for you to have all your details ready for us to take pictures of. These details include your wedding dress, your shoes, perfume, flowers, and anything special you want pictures taken of like family heirlooms or the pre-wedding gift that you received from your groom. If you have all of these ready for us when we get there, we can let you continue on with your day and begin to take pictures without disturbing your hair and makeup. The groom also needs to have their cufflinks, shoes, tie/bow tie, and clothing ready as well. Ideally, we will need at least one hour before you go to the wedding ceremony to take all of these pictures. Having these pictures taken prior to your wedding will give you time for a photo session that is not rushed and is also calm and relaxed and will also give you precious picture memories of the moments prior to your wedding ceremony.