It is such a privilege to spend this time with you, so here are a few words from me about this very important start to your wedding day.
Whether you get ready at home or at your hotel, on your own, or with a chosen few closest friends or family or even with a houseful of bridesmaids, friends, children, parents, aunties, friends, hairdresser, make-up artist, dogs, cats...it is an excitable, fun and occasionally chaotic (in a good way) time which I absolutely love.
I usually aim to arrive around 2 hours before your ceremony time which I know sounds like just aaaages! But trust me, not only does that preparation time fly like no other hours of your life, but I'm there to settle in with you whilst you are being photographed.
I keep my photography as unobtrusive as I can, and don't interfere with what you are doing. You're not posing at mirrors for me, as that would be a real pain in the bum. But I'll hopefully make sure that by the time you leave for your ceremony, the last thing worrying you is having your photograph taken as you wander into your ceremony.
A few tips from a photographic point of view may help you get the most from your preparation time:
1. Think about what you are wearing. If you are happy to be photographed in your grundies, onesie, PJ's or big fluffy slippers then that's fab. If not, then maybe consider a simple robe.
2. If you can choose a room with the best natural light and hopefully plenty of space for your make-up and hair, it does make life a lot easier and you will get much better photographs than if you're tucked away in the darkest corner of your spare room surrounded by plastic bags and cardboard boxes. Ask your make-up artist for advice as they are usually pretty handy with that kind of thing.
3. If you could make sure that your dress, outfit, suit is already out of it's giant bag it saves a little time too. I'll find the best places to hang it for photography and will happily play with your shoes etc. whilst you're starting on the Prosecco. If you're not bothered about photos of a dress on a hanger and personally, dresses ARE way nicer on actual people, then just tell me :-)
4. Remember to leave plenty of time for getting into your dress! I know it seems like a daft thing to say, but seriously - and especially if it laces up at the back - you should allow a good 40 minutes to get into it!
4a...is a continuation really from getting your dress on with plenty of time. If you would like to get a few portrait shots or maybe a few photographs of you with your Father, Mum or family before leaving, then it's nice to have a little breathing time before getting in your car. I shall need to leave at least 20 minutes ahead of you to get to your venue in plenty of time so it's nice to allow for a few quiet moments with me.