Whether you are getting ready at your childhood home or bridal suite or a fancy suite – I got you and will prepare you for beautiful bridal prep photos on the morning of your wedding day.
Before you get married, you will be experiencing a roller coaster of emotions (mostly joy) as you get dolled up and surrounded by your favorite lady (sometimes guy) friends – your bridal party! As you prepare to marry your favorite human of all, you want photos to capture the glow on your face, wearing your best white dress, accompanied by your girls, and all the moments remembered as your parents see you in your best dress for the first time.
This is the bridal “suite” at Midtown Loft and Terrace in Manhattan. This is a photo taken with available light, no flash used.
Where you put on your wedding dress is very important. The idea is that the corner and overall space are clean, well lit, and organized. Here are tips on choosing your bridal prep location
Tips on what to look for when choosing your bridal prep location:
Did you know pure white wedding dresses are harder to photograph on a sunny day? Especially seeing any details on the gown.
These bridal prep tips are unique and up to you to decide what sounds like you. Some way to make beautiful bridal prep photos is really the thoughtful decorations, fun props, and personalized things that bring out the bride’s story on her wedding day
This is a photoshop photo using flash. I swapped the white wall background with wallpaper to compliment the flower color palette.
Please let me know if you want to personalize your bridal prep experience!
This photo was taken with flash at Whitby Castle, Rye NY bridal suite
30 MIN Detail photos
-All of bridal party should be finishing up the glam
25 MIN A fun bridal party photo with champagne pop or confetti toss while wearing matching robes/pajamas
30 MIN Get in dress in private, bridesmaids are in a separate room to prepare for first look
15 MIN Bridal portraits + with a mother figure
10 MIN First look with bridesmaids
10 MIN First look with a father figure
15 MIN Wrap up and pack up for first look or ceremony
99.9% of the time I mix photography styles of flash, natural light, and window light for bridal preparation portraits. This way you have a variety of portraits to choose from. Deep dive with me with a photographer’s eye: take note of the below wedding photography examples on how the space is clutter-free and where the light hits the bride’s face. Notice how window light does give a more moody-emotional vibe and flash gives more of a fashion-editorial vibe.
Natural light is always a favorite to work with as it requires minimal equipment and more opportunities for backdrops. However, natural light can be tricky when it’s rainy or sunny. Cloudy days are the easiest natural light scenarios to work with.
Although I enjoy flash-style photography (a lot), keep in mind that setting up lighting equipment takes a little more time and posing and direction becomes very important.
The window light is so much fun to play around with and I recommend you open gifts, read your partner’s letter to you, and get dressed in front of the window light. Emotional storytelling in photographs is my favorite near window light. At the end of the day, I want to ensure your photos look professional and you look beautiful!