Post # 1
I’ve told my photog I don’t want getting ready photos but she keeps trying to get me to do them. I just can’t fathom what I’m going to do with pictures of myself checking my lipstick, getting stuffed in a dress, etc. And I really don’t need the dress-over-window shot.
I guess I’d just rather get ready in peace, the thought of having a stranger with a camera in there with me really freaks me out and seems like a stressful start to the day.
Did you guys get getting-ready photos? If you did, was it a good use of your photog’s time (we do pay by the hour after all :-P)? If not, did you miss them?
Post # 3
@bridinmt: We’re probably skipping them to save money.
Post # 4
@bridinmt: Initially we didn’t pay until I saw some of the most amazing pictures, some of the mother zipping up the bride, the bridesmaids’ reactions and tears, etc. I think if you don’t get them, you won’t miss much, but make sure someone is taking pictures of their own.
Post # 5
We are not doing getting ready photos either. Fiance has to show up to venue completely dressed anyways, and our photographer isn’t showing up until we do. I told our photographer I only wanted photos I would actually want to see around my house. I didn’t count a photo of my dress hanging in a window or me putting on mascara as one of those. What else am I going to do with those photos? We have a short contract time with our photographer, and I didn’t want to waste time of getting photos of me and Fiance separately. I want photos of us together since it is OUR day and OUR journey together.
Post # 6
@bridinmt: there are some really great and very special moments that happen then. I’m expecting pro pics in the next few days and I am beyond excited to see the getting ready photos.
Post # 7
@bridinmt: Glad I am not the only one on the fence about that too. My Fiance and I only have 8-9 hours with our photographer and the “getting ready” photographs aren’t on the top of my priority list with photographs. Although I would consider them if we had more time with our photographer like maybe if we had her for 12 hours but 8-9 hours, that hour could be better used elsewhere. 🙂 I hope that one of my BMs or a couple of them take photographs instead. I just hope I don’t regret it later! LOL =)
Post # 8
I’m really excited for mine, but mostly because I really want pictures of my mother and I getting ready together (and with my maids). I’m a private person too but I think those pictures will mean so much to me.
My mother (who has AMAZING wedding pictures – for the time period) got married in the 70s – when the photojournalistic style wasn’t in vogue for weddings. Every time we look at photographers websites for my wedding she says how she wishes there were pictures of her and her mother getting ready together.
I agree with other posters, get someone to take pictures of those moments if you don’t have the photographer do it – unless you really want to get ready completely alone, in which case, go for that too!
Post # 9
I think based on our timelines the photog will be arriving at the end of the getting ready time. So I might have her take some finishing touches shots…but def don’t need me in curlers or getting my makeup done shots. I also have no idea what I would do with these.
Post # 10
oh i love those! i like the random unposed nature of them. shows the usually unrevealed side to a wedding that no one else gets to see ie, the bride getting ready and primping, the groom getting those last minute touches taken care of…the mother of the bride looking lovingly on as she is about to let go of her little girl… i love love love that stuff. i want to be able to remember every aspect of my day, and i know the parts where im getting ready will be pushed out of my mind. so i want those professional pictures to remind me how i was feeling just minutes before the world disappears around me!
Post # 11
They definitely aren’t necessary and I think having the photog in the room did slow us down a little bit BUT my favorite pic from the entire day was taken while we were getting ready
Mom crying while I get my make up done
Post # 12
I’m not doing them, I just don’t feel like I need them.
Post # 13
I at first didn’t want them but on my wedding day my photographer asked if he could take some pics of me and the girls getting ready and I said sure. I was soooo glad he did cuz he captured some special moments and this picutre that he got of me was one of my favorite pics. 🙂
Post # 14
I am not hiring anyone to take photos while me and my maids get our hair and makeup done in my hotel room. I am having the photographer show up just as we’re finishing getting ready at the venue, doing some finishing touches shots and a few right before/after we put our dresses on.
That being said, I am asking my bridesmaids, mom and aunts to take pictures of us getting our hair and makeup done. I figured that there should at least be a few pictures documenting us getting ready. I’m not exactly sure why, but I have a feeling I’ll appreciate them when all is said and done.
Post # 15
I wouldn’t have if we were paying our photographer by the hour but he had a great package that allowed us to have him from whatever time we wanted him till whenever he thought the dance after was slowing down (which ended up being close to 14 hours!) He was amazing and he has only been doing weddings for a couple years so his prices were incredible!. If anyone reading this is from Kansas and needing a photographer message me and I can tell you all about him 🙂
Post # 16
We’re skipping them.
I don’t like getting photographed.. even more so when I’m not wearing makeup or being stuffed like a sausage into my dress.