Alternative Wedding Photography – Getting Ready Photos: Yes or No?

When I get wedding enquiries, some couples know exactly what they want in terms of photography – usually alternative, non-cheesy, natural wedding photography – and how long they would need me for. Others can be a little bit overwhelmed by the whole ‘wedding thing’ and are not quite sure what coverage length they should pick. 

In general the main part they are uncertain about is whether or not to have ‘getting ready’ photos taken. Whenever they ask for advice, here is my answer to them. My approach to wedding photography is documentary and as unobtrusive as possible and my goal is to tell the story of your day as it unfolds whether it starts with you getting ready or arriving at the wedding ceremony venue. Either way is absolutely fine by me. 

Having said that, here are some reasons why you might want to have some ‘getting ready’ photos.

  • If you are particularly uncomfortable in front of a camera, starting the coverage while you are getting ready will give you time to get used to the way I work and to hearing me ‘clicking around’. So by the time you walk down the aisle, I’ll just be part of the furniture.
  • It is a nice way to start the story of your special day. I personally find ‘behind the scene’ stuff very exciting – it is probably the voyeur in me… My favourite situation is when the bride/groom/couple is getting ready at home – this gives me an insight into ‘your world’ and allows me to document a specific time and place in your life as you are likely to move out at some point.
  • Whether you and your wife/husband-to-be are getting ready together without anyone else to witness the moment but me or with lots of family members and friends around, you might want to have a record of these special relationships before the more solemn photos of the ceremony.

Enough said. Here is a selection of some of my favourite ‘getting ready’ photos to give you an idea of what you can expect.

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If you are planning a fun wedding or an unconventional wedding and are looking for an alternative wedding photographer, then check out my alternative wedding photography portfolio and get in touch. We might just be made for each other!


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