Getting ready for your wedding ceremony can be an emotional roller coaster, and capturing your pre-wedding photos may become rushed or overlooked entirely without proper planning. You may not be familiar with a professional wedding photoshoot, and starting with the getting ready process is a great way to break the ice and get comfortable in front of the camera.
Also, these getting ready steps are generally private with only yourself and the bridesmaids getting to see all of the components in pre-wedding pristine condition. To make sure every important piece becomes a beautiful addition to the wedding album for everyone to see, make sure to review this list of gowns, shoes, bouquets, makeup, and everything in between.
Photo 1-6: Pre-Wedding Photos – Dressing
Your wedding gown is not an everyday ensemble. You’ll need tons of time to get into it, and probably a little help from the bridesmaids. All of the hustle and bustle of climbing into your gown and getting it to fit just right absolutely must be included. But before this, make sure to take some artistic photos of the gown hanging from the rack, bed frame, or wall. Your perfect gown next to these interesting backdrops and textures always come out stunning. Try to arrange all of the critical components into one shot including the gown of course, as well as the bouquet and shoes. Take individual photos of each of these items as well. Capturing the first time you are stepping into your shoes or holding your bridal bouquet are romantic moments and deserve a special place in your album.
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Photo 7-12: Wedding Makeup
Your pre-wedding process just may be the most intricate application of makeup you’ll experience in your lifetime. This can be a solo mission or, more likely, involve a professional makeup artist and/or a few bridesmaids. A montage of wedding photos featuring the transformation from au-natural to fairytale princess should rank high on your checklist. Gorgeous photos of the bride looking in the mirror pensively into the mirror, or a candid photo of a bridesmaid carefully dusting the bride’s cheek with a foundation brush will really tell a story when placed side by side in your wedding album.
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Photo 13-18: Wedding Bodouir Photos
Maybe this next suggestion shouldn’t be shown to everyone, but the groom will definitely appreciate a series of boudoir photos added to the album. There are very few days throughout your life where the groom will find you more beautiful or more sexy. Photos showing off what’s under that beautiful gown will leave the groom flipping through your album for years. If these kind of photos are unfamiliar territory for you, start with some artistically lit shots of hanging out in your robe with your leggings and garter exposed. If you’ve picked out sensual lingerie for the honeymoon, where this with just the veil covering as much as it can. The combination of wedding attire and lingerie is a sexy wedding album must.
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Photo 19-24: Pre-Wedding Photos With Bridesmaids
You’re sure to capture a lot of bridesmaid activity while getting your gown on. But, your bridesmaids have put a lot of effort into your big day and they deserve a special section in your album. They are your best friends and family members and seeing them smile while guiding you through all of the stress and romance are precious memories that need to be captured for the album.
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Photo 25-30: Groom Pre-Wedding Photos
The groom getting ready is a special occasion too. He’ll never try better to look his absolute best than on this special day. The thought that he put into his suit or tux, the hair, the clean shave, and the boutonniere should all be captured in the same way as when the bride gets ready. This is an interesting process which definitely needs some space in the wedding photo album.
Source: Kristina Karina Photography, Hunter Ryan Photo, Jason Comerford Photography
Photo 31-36: Emotinal Pre-Wedding Photos With Parents
No pre-wedding photo album would be complete without emotional shots of mom and dad. This is a very mixed-feelings day for them. They are sad to see their little boy or girl grow up and move on, but happy that they are gaining a son or daughter. The expressions on their faces cannot be reproduced, and it’s critical to capture it as it happens. Include parents as often as possible to capture these moments forever. Be aware of all these moments and write them down in advance. Your album will thank you!
Source: Dani Leigh Photography, Brandy Angel Photography, Julie Whitlock
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Photo 37-42: It’s Time For Bride To Be Alone
And now, when you are preparing for the wedding ceremony, the time comes when the bride needs to be alone for a while, gather her thoughts.
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Photo 43-48: Perfect Wedding Shoes
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