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Why I think photos of "early morning preparations" are a must.

Updated: Aug 30

You'll see listed in many photographers wedding packages "early morning preparations" and with the "half-day" options at almost half the price, you may be wondering, is it really worth it? Well, I'm about to tell you all the reasons why the early morning preparations are probably my favourite time of day. 1.The excitement in the air! With bridesmaids and groomsmen buzzing about their soon to be wed loved one the excitement is palpable and that energy photographs so well! I get some of my favourite candid shots at this time of day and I'm sure you won't want to forget these tender moments either.


2. All the small things So much care and consideration has been put into your wedding, from the bespoke bouquets to the vintage garter gifted by a friend. Your big day really is made up of a hundred tiny details. The early morning prep time is a great opportunity to take stock of the small things before we all get swept up in the activities of the day and all that careful planning feels like a lifetime ago.




3. Hair and Makeup Whether you've paid for a professional stylist to sort you out or your makeup savvy sister is getting your bridal party prepped, the "getting ready" process is always fun to see. Looking back at these photos is an entertaining reminder of the eagerness to impress and the anticipation of the morning!



4. Informal Group shots If you love getting the gang together for some group shots this is a fantastic way to get some in nice and early. Especially useful if you have that one friend who always seems to get lost just as it's time for group shots (top tip: they're usually at the bar)


5. The Beaming Bride Finally, the moment we've all been waiting for. When the dress, hair, makeup and finishing touches all fall into place and the bride get to see herself in her final look. I love this moment because after all that careful planning she's beaming from ear to ear now that all that's left to do, is get married.

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