Wedding Preparation and the Photographer
Photographing wedding preparation… really?
Whether you are enjoying your wedding London-style, a rustic wedding, or a location wedding abroad, one of the most intimate and emotional times of the day is the preparation. Don’t get us wrong. We expect you to be fully dressed when we take these images. We don’t offer that sort of photography, wedding day or not. The pictures we shoot will capture the power that comes from the looks on faces and the exchanges between close friends and family.
We know the day isn’t about us, but we’d like to make a case for having photographs taken from the beginning of the day. It is genuinely our favourite time. We will have worked hard to befriend you in our wedding pre-meeting. We want to be considered friends and confidants, as we are about to be witness to your most precious day. So, even though you might think it weird to have us in the hotel room as you get ready, you will love what we can provide for you.
The power of the wedding day emotions
There will be moments you didn’t even know you wanted to capture in these wedding preparations. You probably didn’t know how important it was to catch the before and after shots of the bride. The photograph before the makeup, before the hair, before the wedding dress. A woman anticipating an exciting day ahead, stripped back and nervous. Then, the transformation to a sophisticated, beautiful woman ready to become a wife.
Then, there is the messy morning of the grooms and the groomsmen. It is surprising how many times the men get into some random puppy fighting as they get ready. Emotions are welling up, and the atmosphere in the hotel room, the house bedroom, the AirBnB flat can erupt into rough and tumble and grooms getting tipped into the air. It may not be the staged picture by the church, but it shows more of the character of the man about to become a husband.
The best wedding photographer will tell a story of the day. Your day includes all those perfectly planned moments. You are right to want to capture the well-selected church, the beautiful decorations, the cars you spent hours choosing to hire – all of these should be a part of the story. However, you should also want those improvised experiences that tell the tale of your characters and personality.
Select your set for your wedding prep
The one choice you will want to make is the setting for this pre-wedding photo shoot. If you are going to be nervous about the day to come, and vulnerable as you are poked by the make-up artist, pinched by the dress or suit, prodded by the hairdresser – and now snapped by the photographer – then you need to be somewhere you feel comfortable.
You might want to choose your home, where you feel safe. You might want to select a hotel room, where the surroundings are carefully arranged to appear homely but luxurious – and where someone else does the cleaning! You could even hire a luxurious flat for the night, so you make this part of the experience and set the tone for the story of your day.
In short, choosing to have your wedding preparations photographed could be the best decision you make. You may feel vulnerable in the wedding preparations, you might think it is chaotic and messy- but you will know us by then, and you won’t mind us seeing you as you prepare. Our clients often tell us that they are glad they got to experience their partners build up to meeting them at the altar. The photographs of a tear-filled eyed mother looking on to the dressing daughter are often cited as a firm favourite from the day. Trust your photographer to capture these precious moments of spontaneity that speak of the love and togetherness of the best weddings.