2. Getting Ready

The getting ready portion of the day is such a fun and memorable part of a wedding because that’s where all the real anxiousness and excitement is so evident. It has all of the feels crammed into a couple of nervous and tender hours. So the last thing we want to do is cause any stress during this part. The factors that contribute to us getting good photos are also the ones that contribute to a more relaxed day for everyone. So here are a few tips to help make your photos gorgeous:

  • Choose a room that has lots of natural light based on the time of the day that you’ll get ready. A well-lit room with large windows will help not only me but your makeup artist too.
  • Photographing the details is ideal for getting used to the idea of us being around. We therefore start all our preparation sessions by photographing details such as the boutonnières, the bouquets and the dress. Pack a box with all the little details you’d like to be photographed at both of your locations. Details could include your invitations, menus, save-the-dates, family heirlooms, jewellery, perfume, shoes, flowers, handwritten notes, your wedding vows, etc. By having this ready beforehand you can just point us in the right direction to get started. P.S. Please send us a photo of your invite so we can see the colour palette. 
  • Don’t forget to plan the little things, such as the dressing gown that you will wear, hangers for your dress/suit, music and keep the Prosecco flowing! For the bride: If you don’t want to spend the extra money on something new to wear, choose a wrap dress or something simple like a white shirt, avoiding dresses that require you to pull it over your head. 
  • Ask the make-up artist to finish one hour before departure for the church or the start of the ceremony. This not only gives us enough time for your bridal portraits but you’ll also have some time to freshen up, grab a bite to eat, and organise any final details before getting dressed.
  • For the groom: We will photograph you putting on the suit so don’t get dressed before we arrive.
  • It would be ideal if you could keep all the clutter in a different room, closet or even the bathtub. We want to prioritise beautiful backdrops and these are distracting details that you don’t want in your photographs. 
  • Ask your venue or caterer for glass bottles and glasses instead of plastic water bottles. 
  • If you’re on the fence about whether or not to get a spray tan, we recommend not doing it. Now we’re not saying that spray tans are terrible but sometimes tanning agents have too much orange pigment that may not be visible in person but only in camera, which could make you look unnaturally orange once edited. if you’d like to know more about how a spray can could best work for you click on this article here.
  • Tanning, this one’s for the gents, don’t forget to put on sunblock when you’re sipping Campari spritz at the pool the day before. And for our lovely brides wear clothing and swimsuits appropriate to the dress you’re wearing. If you’re wearing a strapless dress, avoid wearing swimsuits with straps on, etc.
  • To avoid unnecessary stress for yourself, we recommend whoever is helping you get dressed should be dressed and ready at least 15 minutes before the bride’s make-up is complete and 15 minutes before the groom gets ready. We can’t tell you how many times bridal portraits have been shortened and rushed because friends and family either arrived late or weren’t dressed by the time the bride needed them. ( true story – my mum and sister arrived 30 minutes late to my getting ready venue)
  • We generally try to leave for church 30 minutes before you do so we can set up and photograph details and the guests arriving.
  • Brides, it would help me a lot to see a picture of your dress and hairstyle beforehand. This allows me to start thinking about creative ‘poses’ for you to do. If you’re comfortable with sending a picture of your dress and hair to me, please DM me or email me a photo. I promise to keep it a secret!


First looks are probably hands-down one of the sweetest new wedding traditions, shaking off old-school traditions that say you shouldn’t see each other until you’re on opposite ends of the aisle. They kick up the romance a couple of notches, allowing you two to share a private moment without your guests, and allowing us to capture some of the unfolding awe and excitement between you.
They’re a really fun opportunity for all of us to put our heads together and get creative, but they’re also so time-sensitive. Planning is key to making sure that the light’s right and we can be in the right spot to capture the surprise and wonder of the moment. You can plan for approximately 30 minutes for the first look if you’d like to have some couple portraits taken at this time too. We recommend only doing a first look with your partner if you have enough time available before the ceremony. The best time to do it is 30 minutes before the start of the ceremony, while all of your guests are arriving.
You can also do a first look with your dad if you prefer to not do it with your partner.