(Closed) Getting Ready for Wedding Photos: Photographer watches you change?

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
7 posts
  • Wedding: May 2008


From my experience as a wedding photographer, I’m usually in the room when the bride change because it happens so fast and we’re usually in such a rush there’s no time for a do over. It really depends on your comfort level. There are instances where my clients are not comfortable changing in front of me so they let me in the room after they get into their dresses. If the shot is important to you then you should communicate that to your photographer and give him/her the opportunity to shoot that shot. 



Post # 4
5118 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’ve yet to be married, but I’m guessing that most photogs would be respectful enough to take the prep photos, step out for the nudity portion, and then come in when you’re comfortable and ‘stage’ a bit of the putting on the dress. Everyone should be respectful of the level of privacy you ask for. Maybe bring it up during that last meeting with him/her before the wedding and make sure that’s clear so there’s not awkward ‘leave now’ conversation on the big day. 

Post # 5
9053 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’m thinking this is a double post, so I’m moving my comment from the second one over here since it’s more popular.

You can just bring them in when you’re in a state that you’re ok with them seeing you.  My getting ready photographer was one of my bridesmaids who I’ve been friends with since highschool gym class, so I just let her hang out the whole time, and she just only took pictures when I was decent.

Post # 6
4485 posts
Honey bee

That is something that you need to discuss with the photographer. Some do stay for the entire event and some don’t. Don’t assume that all photographers everywhere do the exact same things all the time when that is not the case.

Also, everyone has different levels of modesty and overall comfort. Some don’t care who sees them changing clothes and others are very shy and do not want anyone, even closest friends and moms, watching them at all.

Post # 7
576 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

our photog was female and i put on my slimmer thing and bra in the bathroom then put on my dress while she was in the room but i asked her ahead of time to please not take any pics of me half dressed because i wasn’t comfortable with that.

Post # 8
424 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I had 3 photographers in the room while changing (they were all female though)!  Although I was wearing a short dress that I could slip down once I got the dress over my head.  They did manage to get a picture of a butt cheek poking out when my bridesmaid had to tie the corset strings underneath my dress.  It was funny because this was the same bridesmaid that took pictures of my butt while trying on dresses AND mooned the photographer in our photo booth.  I guess I’m not very shy when it comes to that…  I had also worked with her several times before and was comfortable.  If they had been male photographers I would have made sure they left during any part I wasn’t fully clothed, and came back for the important part like tightening the corset, etc.  

Post # 9
344 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

my photog left the room until one of my BMs went to get him. so my dress was pretty much all the way on. it was considerate of him.

Post # 10
3613 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I was kinda shocked that the two photographers stayed there while I was changing, I’d never thought of that part before when I looked at the all the getting ready photos. They actually asked me to go to the bathroom and put on the dress up to a point where I’m decent, and then come out so they could take photos of my mom and Maid/Matron of Honor zipping me up. I had no idea that there would be so much choreography and “behind the scenes” footage 🙂 They’re very professional about it though, they go through everything real fast and efficiently.

What embarrassed me more than the changing part, was that I get really critical of myself when I’m looking at the mirror and instinctively make this horrible, scary, possessed demon face. Our photographer actually took pictures of that and put it up on his blog! Seriously. it should be captioned psycho killer bride. Embarrassing…

Post # 11
1569 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 1996

I’ve undressed in a room full of other people before, but never with so many of them looking right at me – it’s a vulnerable moment for sure! A good photographer will make you feel comfortable and fade into the background, and capture the moment without revealing too much or invading your space. If you want your photographer to stay out of the room, then tell them in advance, and they can step back in when your mom or bridesmaid is zipping you up. With my photographers, this was something we discussed during my boudoir shoot, as the issue of privacy and my comfort level was particularly relevant then.

Post # 12
7695 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

For mine our male photographer left the room until I had stepped into the dress and my front was covered – the female stayed in the room but did not take any pictures at that point because I was legit naked except for my something blue underwear! I was facing away from her so it wasnt weird. Then I held up the front and my male photographer came out. There is a picture of my bare back with the dress unzipped and you can see my blue undies peeking out. Thats as much as he saw and then they started shooting the zipping up pictures. Photographers do this all the time so just tell them what you are comfortable with and theyll respect that!

Post # 13
3564 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

For us, my female photographer and male videographer waited while I went into a separate part of the room. My bridesmaids helped me step into my dress and pull it up and at that point, when all that was visible was my back, the photographer and videographer came back. 

Post # 14
14183 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Most of it’s faked–you pull up your dress around your chest, call your photographer in, and she snaps away while your mom or Maid/Matron of Honor is buttoning you up. For me, my photographer was in the room and I could’ve cared less. She DID think it was funny to take a photo of me in my UNDERWEAR AND BRA, though, which i didn’t find funny because, let’s face it–most unflattering underwear in the world. Or that she “accidentally” posted it on the gallery. Luckily she texted me when the gallery went live and i told her to remove it asap. The photo was taken on purpose, it wasn’t like she accidentally got my butt in a photo and would crop it out later or delete it.

Post # 15
3620 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

My photographer just asked me to let her know when I had my long-line bra and undies on so that she could come in and get the “getting in the dress” shot, but I don’t feel uncomfortable around her (heck, she did my boudoir shoot), so I spent a lot of the time in my undies doing makeup and putting my jewelry on before putting the dress on!

Post # 16
3314 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I sent them out of the room and then called them back once the dress was over my head and ready to be laced up.

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