(Closed) Forgoing Getting Ready Photos with Bridesmaids?

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Post # 16
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

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dojx:  Talk with your photographer, each photographer has a different way they like to do things.

For example, most of my cilents are finished with the hair/makeup process by the time I arrive simply because you have to start so early. If not, it’s usually just the bride still in the process. For me and how I shoot, the “getting ready” time of photos isn’t just hair/makeup. That’s when I do the majority of the detail shots. As soon as I arrive and say my hellos I grab a few shots of any “finishing touches” still taking place, and then I get right to work shooting details. The dress hanging, shoes, rings, flowers, invites, programs, etc. I also ask that all the BM’s go ahead and get dressed so they’re all put together when it’s time for my bride to get dressed. We do her getting into her dress, and then as long as we have time I go ahead and do some bride+bridesmaid photos (either outside, or more casual inside). 

If you don’t care anything about detail photos of those things, I wouldn’t worry about it. That being said, as a photographer we tend to see weddings as a “whole day” – so sometimes it can be hard on us to just show up for the ceremony and start shooting. Part of what helps us understand you and your day is to start with that pre-ceremony time. It’s our time to get to know your bridesmaids, and just make a connection (which REALLY helps us throughout the rest of the day).

For me personally, I did buy my girls monogrammed button downs – simply because WE are those types of girls….everything we own is already monogrammed…haha. Everyone wore yoga pants and the shirts. I was in two weddings recently and both brides got us tops (one was a tank w/ a cute saying on it, the other was a tee with our monogram) and we all wore yoga pants for both of those too for comfort. All that being said – I shoot a lot of weddings every year and it’s about 50/50 these days as to if they’re all wearing matching getting ready outfits or not. I’d rather see a bride spend that money on details than getting ready clothing. Just my two cents! 

Post # 17
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

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dojx:  Because of the nature of our semi-destination wedding I do not think we will have these either.

Charleston is about an hour and half away from here and we will check into our hotel at 3pm, so I will already have my makeup done, pretty sure. Then I will just need to get dressed and do my hair. Then help my children get ready. We only have the photographer for 3 hours, so she may come by and get a little bit of them but I am not sure how much. We have not discussed logistics, so we will see when we have that sit down. 

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Newbee

I feel the ssme way I’m not sure i want photos taking while getting dress

Post # 19
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2015 - City, State

I was just discussing this issue with one of my BMs the other day! I don’t get the point of the getting ready photos and since we’re only paying for 8 hours of photography coverage, I don’t want to waste any of that time on pics of me or my girls getting ready. It seems pointless to me and like specific photos I’ll never really look back on anyway. Plus, we’re all going to a salon to get our hair done and everyone is doing their own makeup.

So I’m planning on having my photographer arrive a few minutes before I put my dress on and that’s it. That way he can capture some of the details (dress, shoes, jewelry, etc.) and the moment of getting me into my dress which is all I really want.

Post # 20
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Because of timing for my wedding, we will be starting to get ready around 9am, photographer won’t arrive until 12, and we will leave at 1 for the church. So I’m planning on just getting shots of us all enjoying a glass of champagne together, maybe one or two of makeup touchups, and that’s it.

Post # 21
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

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KateA17:  this is what i did as well! 

Post # 22
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Hello ladies!!

I have ridden the fence being a DIY bride on a budget. Then I finally decided that I wanted to have the memories…and I will have photographers for the men and women!! I also got my girls monogrammed robes really affordable! I am tempted for slippers?!? Or to get quirky slipper socks!! 

Post # 23
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Busy bee

I recommend candids with your own camera for getting ready and then use the photographer’s time once you are ready for your actual pictures and portraits.

Post # 24
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

I think it’s nice to get less formal shots of you and your friends, and theoretically this “getting ready shoot” is an opportunity. That said, I think 99% of the pictures I see are super awkward, with the bridesmaids all in matching outfits fawning all over the bride.. I mean, maybe it is right for those brides and their friends, but my friends are nothing like that. Which is why if for some reason we do a “getting ready shoot”, I want it to look more like this: 

 

Post # 25
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Getting ready photos are actually some of my favourite to photograph. There’s a lot of emotions. I usually show up about an hour-hour and a half before we have to leave for the ceremony/first look. I start with a few detail shots till the brides makeup is half way through, then photograph her and whatever the bridesmaids are upto (since the bride is typically done last so her makeup is fresh, they’re usually doing touch ups, getting things ready), and then dresses.

I prefer more candid PJ style shots for getting ready. When it comes to albums, getting ready photos help tell the story. For my own wedding, they’re some of my favourite shots and made it on my wall 😉

Post # 26
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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208bride:  I love these pics! I’m in a similar boat, where we will be getting ready at different times and locations (three salons and three different houses and three hotels!)

Post # 27
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

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dojx:  Full disclosure, I went total Pinterest during the getting ready portion and I didn’t pay for my photographer by the hour, so I have a bias, but I thought it was great having a photographer there. Our hair and make-up started at 1 and the photographer arrived at 3, so he captured me having my hair and make-up done in full, plus the detail shots, plus some of my favorite shots of the wedding. Ex: there’s one of my mom tying on my belt that is one of my top three favorite photos from the entire wedding. He got the moment when my bridesmaids and dad saw me in my dress for the first time, when my dad came up while we were getting ready (he had way too much nervous energy to just wait until it was time to go to the ceremony!), and so on. The wedding is so posed — you’re at the altar, you’re dancing, cutting the cake, etc — that it’s nice to have those candid moments before everyone is drunk and/or tired. Just my two cents.

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