A List of Must Have “Getting Ready” Bridal Photos {with picture examples from a real wedding}

I’ve found that the “getting ready” bridal session is often underrated by photographers and brides, but is personally one of my favorite time of the day as I often get some of my favorite bridal portraits of the bride by herself. Also, since it’s at the beginning of the day, there are usually a lot of extra special and emotional moments that happen authentically.  Below are some pictures that I like to capture during this time.


Detail shots: to capture the beautiful intricacies that the bride spent many hours choosing.


The bride holding her dress: There is something special about the bride holding her dress one last time before she puts it on. A little natural light can make this shot even moodier.


The bridesmaids together in their robes: This is a fun shot to capture, and I’ve found that most brides highly prioritize it. (Sometimes I’ll have them all on a bed or a couch together)


Genuine candid moments: There’s no replacing a shot is 100% real with no posing or set up. These are often when the most emotional moments happen.


The bride putting her shoes on: When you say it out loud, it may sound like a boring shot, but I’ve found that it can be a beautiful shot. I’ll usually have her sit down in a chair by a large window.

The through the veil shot: These are often some of my favorite portraits of the bride from her wedding day. There is something magical and dreamy about shooting through a veil.


Portraits by the window: When the bride is fully ready, I like to do a mini bridal session by a near by window. The bigger and more beautiful the window, the better.


Details of the bride: I like looking for non-traditional detail shots to capture the mood and character of the bride.


Traditional portraits with loved ones: They may not be as creative, but the bride will want a few good pictures with the people that she loves the most. The getting ready time is a great time to make sure that it happens.

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