Reasons to Book Your Wedding Photographer for Bridal Prep
A lot of wedding photographers will include bridal prep photography within their packages. Others will charge extra. As the bride it’s really down to you as to what you want from your wedding morning. Some brides recoil in horror at the thought of having a wedding photographer there taking photos of them before they’ve had their hair and make up done for the day, whilst others like the idea of the pictures starting as the day does too.
As a documentary wedding photographer, I personally quite like to get a few shots of you before the ceremony itself. It helps to tell the story of your day and chances are that a wedding morning is a pretty good opportunity for me to catch a few funny moments while you have a good time with your bridal party. Often, the only people behind the scenes other than a photographer at this point are the venue co-ordinators and who ever it is that you’ve chosen to help you get ready.
Now It’s no secret I’m married to a wedding hair and make up artist. In fact, I’m married to an award winning wedding hair and make up artist PRETTY PLEASE BY KATIE so I thought I’d make the most of that and get her opinion for this post as to why you should include bridal prep photography within your booking. Here’s what she had to say about it…
‘’For a bride and her bridal party the wedding morning is a pretty special event in itself. Lots of ladies will have bridesmaids, family, and friends around them in the last few hours before the ceremony. Some brides are totally relaxed whilst others are nervous as they start to think about the running of the day. As a wedding hair and make up artist I’m with the bride for the duration of the morning. Typically, when I arrive everything is relaxed, and then as the ceremony time starts to draw nearer the atmosphere changes to one of anticipation and excitement! We chat about all sorts whilst we’re getting ready – I love to hear peoples plans for the day and there’s always lots of laughter, plenty of funny stories and sometimes even a few happy tears.
Generally the bride is the last person to have her hair and make up completed. This works well for two reasons, the first being that I can ensure everything is perfect and all that’s left to do once she gets up from my chair is get into her dress. The second reason is that often, if a photographer has been booked for bridal prep they will arrive about an hour or so before the bride is due to leave for the ceremony. This is usually perfect timing from my perspective as they get to capture a few shots of the bride in the chair, having her hair finished and her final lipstick top up applied.
In my personal experience, brides generally don’t want pictures of them without any hair or make up done so there’s no need for the photographer to be there waiting for hours before hand. Usually they’ll take a few shots of the hair and make up prep as we finish up and then they’ll capture a few of the special things – like her dress hanging up and her shoes.
I always joke with my brides that you ‘lose’ the last hour as it goes so quickly! Time really does fly, especially as you’re simply having fun with your favourite people. Once that dress is on it’s really lovely for the photographer to get the pictures of those last few moments – like when your dad see’s you as a bride for the very first time or when your mum puts on the massive hat you’ve all been giggling about all morning!
On a personal note it’s really nice to meet all the different wedding photographers. Most are kind enough to send me across the images from the bridal prep too which I love to see and share. So if a bride was to ask me ‘should I book a wedding photographer for bridal prep?’ then my answer would be yes. Chances are you’re going to end up with some images of you and your bridal party that will really make you smile when you remember the fun you had on your last ever morning as a ‘miss!’
If you want to read more of my thoughts on photographing a wedding morning then you can head on over to a blog I wrote on this very matter a little while ago, just CLICK HERE. Alternatively if you want to GET IN TOUCH to chat about your wedding plans then please feel free to do so, both myself and Katie’s 2020 wedding dates are running out fast!