Wedding Getting Ready Photos, Vol. 1

Welcome to the brand new series of “Tips for Picture Perfect Weddings”! Something I have had on my mind for quite some time… years to be exact. This is your first wedding and you have lots of questions about how to make sure it all looks amazing in photos. After all, your photos are all that is left and will stand the test of time after the dust has settled on the dance floor and the flowers have wilted. Your photographers on the other hand, have it all down to a science. They spend the entire day with you and have some of the best tips in the business for your wedding to go off without a hitch, and most importantly (for our purposes here), look picture perfect.


Let’s get things started with the Getting Ready portion of the day. There are several aspects that need to be addressed to ensure great wedding getting ready photos. Today, we will go over “Hair and Makeup”.


1. Hire Professional Hair and Makeup Artists

How you feel about the way you look will show in the pictures. If you hate your hair and makeup, it will show. Hire your professionals far enough in advance to do trials and have an opportunity to make changes if you don’t like the way you look. Speak up and tell them exactly what you want. If you don’t feel beautiful after your trial, speak up again and tell them what you’d like to change. Don’t be shy or afraid you will hurt their feelings. They want you to be happy. Help them make you happy. I also always suggest brides try to use their trial for the engagement session. You want to make sure you have somewhere fun to go to when you’re all dolled up. Like on a date… WITH ME, and your fiancé!


It is also very important that your beauty team comes to you. The last thing you want to do on your wedding day is run around different salons to get ready. Relax and sip on mimosas with your best friends in a beautiful hotel room. Your team of professionals will make sure you all look picture perfect before you walk out the door.

That brings me to the second most important aspect of great getting ready photos – LOCATION (to be continued in our next chapter).