Think about it: you're nervous, anxious, excited, maybe a little tipsy from a glass or two of champagne. You're there with your bridesmaids (likely your closest female friends and relatives), your mother, your grandmother, your flower girls, and family members you're closest to. There's a lot of build-up getting hair and makeup done, and the process of getting into the dress is often equal parts comical and emotional. Each accessory feels like a ritual (something borrowed, something blue, your garter, shoes, jewelry, engagement ring, etc.). These ingredients create fantastic potential for some powerful wedding day imagery.
Even the guys getting ready can yield some great results! I've seen so many rad images of grooms and their groomsmen enjoying a pre-ceremony scotch, or a quiet moment of reflection while adjusting cuff links (telling the grooms I work with to fuss with their cuff links is one of my go-to "getting ready" poses for guys, haha!).
I've collected a few of my favorites to share with you, and hopefully this will convince all you brides-to-be to opt in favor of your photographer capturing the "getting ready" process. I doubt you'll look back and regret it; more likely is that you'll be so thankful you did.
if nothing else, I love to get an emotional mother of the bride shot! this one's from jill devries.
sometimes the simple "putting on some makeup" shot is just so darn pretty! another from jill devries.
another one from jill devries (c'mon, you know she's my favorite!)
loving this collage from kappen photography
the dude version! from kappen photography
right after she puts on the dress... hello, gorgeous! by our labor of love
another one from our labor of love