How I Photograph The Bride Getting Ready | Washington DC Wedding Photographer

I love arriving to capture the start of a bride's day! When I first arrive I like to introduce myself to anyone around: family, friends, wedding party! I always suggest that I arrive 30 minutes before the makeup artist will be done with makeup: this gives me time to start capturing details! 

I will ask to have anything that the bride will be wearing for her day such as the dress, shoes, jewelry, flowers and anything else! My goal is capture images of all these items! 

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Georgetown-Westin-Wedding-Photographer

I am always looking for interesting ways to lay out the shoes. Typically I will use the beautiful natural light coming in through the window like I have in these shots. 

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The Dress: many time the dress will come on an ugly plastic hanger so I will use a wooden hanger if the bride does not have a special hanger. 

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Georgetown-Westin-Wedding-Photographer
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Getting combinations of the shoes and jewelry together or dress and shoes together always adds interest and variety to the images. 

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photographing-bridal-prep

Just as the makeup artist is putting on the final touches is a great time to capture the shots of the bride when she is getting her makeup put on. I want to photograph my couples at their best so I don't want to start photographing the bride until the makeup is mostly done. 

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washington-dc-bridal-getting-ready-portraits

After the bride has gotten into her dress I make use of additional time to capture some stunning portraits before we head to the next part of the day! I coach my clients along the way to create the images I am looking for. 

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