You’ve dreamed and planned about the day you would put on THE white dress. Your wedding day is finally around the corner and all you can think about is wearing your beautiful bridal gown and saying yes to the love of your life.
As a wedding photographer my goal is not only to register my couple’s special day, but to help them in the planning process as well. Today I’m sharing 4 tips to help you select the best space to get ready on your wedding day!
1.Light, it’s always about the light!
I am a natural light photographer, and in my opinion, everything looks better in natural light. I like creating soft, romantic looks and that’s better achievable in natural light. So when selecting your getting ready space, make sure to choose a room with windows. The more windows the room has, the greater the light source will be, and that will result in brighter, lighter and romantic looking images.
One thing I should point it out is that sometimes, depending on the time of day, you may hear me saying “the light is a little harsh in here”. I will always analyze the light as I enter the room and give you suggestions so I can have the best light source for my camera and the best lighting scenario to illuminate your face (and the dress) beautifully!
2. Avoid florescent and yellow (incandescent) lights
If you see me turning off some lamps in the room, please don’t think I’m crazy! Even though this may seam counterintuitive, mixed lights are not good for photography. I would even prefer to use my flash, if necessary, than to use those yellow lights, for example.
Yellow and florescent lights have different color temperature and mixed lighting is not the most flattering for photography. It can also cast some weird colors on your skin and white dress, so we better avoid that, right?
3. Look for neutral places and light colored walls
The best way to look for the perfect getting ready room is to choose a place with light colored walls and neutral backgrounds. Neutral backgrounds are always the best way to go in order to have final images like mine. It doesn’t even need to be the entire room, if the corner of the room meets this criteria, it might be enough!
If you don’t have any other option, and the room has distracting art on the walls, you can ask your maid of honor to remove the distracting objects from the room during portrait time and place them back right after we are done!
Distracting elements can be: colorful rugs, some wall art, dark wall paint and “busy”wall paper to name a few. One good rule of thumb is to ask yourself this question: “will this object/color complement the theme/color I chose for my wedding?”
This tip is for your wedding day, regardless of the room you are getting ready in. Wedding days are super fast paced and it’s very normal to make a mess when you and your girls are hanging out having your hair and makeup done. Don’t worry, it’s not you, every wedding party is like that! 🙂
Although I am not asking you to clean up the entire room for pictures, my suggestion is to select a place in the room (using the tips above) and avoid cluttering that area. If you need to, use your bridesmaids to help clean up that space just before the photographer arrives. That way you can ensure having a clutter free corner ready for pictures, without losing any of those precious minutes from your timeline.
These are just a few tips to help you have the best final images and a stress-free wedding day. Just something to help you when you are deciding between getting ready at home, a hotel room or booking the bridal suite at your venue.
One more thing I would like to share is, sometimes, because of the lighting situation in the room, I may suggest that you get into your wedding gown in the “get ready room/bridal suite“ and then finish lacing/buttoning up the dress and adding the details at a different place. Photography is all about the light, and I got you covered about that. You don’t have to worry, I will always look for the best lighting to take your pictures and make you feel like royalty!
Hope this helps! And as always, just send me a message if you have any questions and I can help you when you are ready to select the bridal room.