Getting ready the morning of your wedding is a whirlwind! There are usually hair dressers, make-up artists, me (woo hoo!) and all of your girls trying to get ready. Things can get messy pretty quickly and the time flies by even quicker. For this reason, I put together some tips to make things roll a little bit smoother for photography that morning.
There are items I’ll need that I’d be photographing before anything else. Get all of these things in one place so you don’t have to worry about finding them later on. Pat and I give out this checklist out to all of our brides so they know ahead of time but here’s what it includes:
- Any special items you would like photographed such as a hanky
The biggest thing we recommend is a nice hanger! The hanger that comes with the dress is usually…not the best looking. There are really cute hangers you can get on Etsy or a ton of other places that will look much better in your photos.
Think about where you’re going to be getting dressed. You don’t want the space to be messy. You definitely don’t want bags, food and hair products everywhere when that moment finally comes. It’s a good task to have your bridesmaids help clean up when needed. You also don’t want to get ready somewhere too dark. If possible, I always have brides get ready somewhere with big windows to let as much light as we can in. You’ll always hear me say, “Face the window while getting in your gown”. It makes the photos so much more beautiful.
You’ll also need to plan for extra time. I don’t remember a wedding where someone wasn’t running late. Start hair and makeup earlier then you think so you’re not rushing to get dressed and run out of the door. We’ll need time to take a few photos of you in your gorgeous dress and fresh hair and makeup. These usually end up being some of my favorite images of the day.
I hope this helps! I’m going to be writing some more wedding tip blogs this winter so come back for those!
We shot our last wedding of 2012 this weekend and we couldn’t have asked for a better wedding to send us into hibernation for the winter! Pat and I just want to say thank you to all of our clients for putting your trust into us to capture the best and most memorable day in your lives! It it a huge responsibility that we put 100% of ourselves into. Running and building a business is not easy. In fact, it’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done. What makes it all worth it is the brides and grooms that hire us. By the time their wedding day comes along, we feel like old friends.
As we were leaving Saturday’s wedding, our bride Jen told us that she felt like we weren’t her photographers, but her friends celebrating her wedding day with her. I’m not sure it gets any better than that. We feel like the luckiest people in the world to be able to do this. Not only for ourselves, but to give brides, grooms, their friends and their families pictures that they will cherish for the rest of their lives. Thank you again to all of you! It means more you us than you’ll ever know.
We are really looking forward to growing O’Brien Photo even more in 2013 and working with people we genuinely feel an instant connection with. For now, I’m ready to take a small break to celebrate the holidays with my friends and family. We haven’t seen much of them since we have had such a crazy (amazing) year. I won’t stop blogging though!
Here’s one last sneak peek for 2012. More to come soon. Congratulations Jen & Mike!
Now that wedding season is almost over and we’re going to have a little more time to ourselves, Pat and I will soon be on the hunt for a new place to call home. You know what that means? Tons of pinning home ideas on Pinterest of course! While Pat is busy preparing for Sandy to come our way, I’ve been scouring pretty pictures for interior design inspiration. Seems fair, right??? Hey, we both have our talents in this marriage, mine just happens to be picking out pretty things.
I have always loved interior design and even took a few non-credit courses on it just because I think it’s fun. We currently live in Pat’s house that he bought before we met. When I moved in he had literally nothing on the walls and an old couch…with a huge tv in the living room of course. Pat is not one for home changes while I feel like I could redecorate a room once a month…for real. Coming into his home and saying I was going to make some changes was hard for a few years there.
Right now we live in a small house so there’s not much space to do what I’d really love but I’m hoping that will change some time next year. I honestly think I want a new house just to redo an entire place! Lately I’ve been obsessed with the website One Kings Lane and dream of what I’m going to be buying for our new home that doesn’t even exist yet. In time my friends, I will be living the good life and Pat…he’ll…he’ll be just nodding his head and saying happy wife, happy life.