I wanted to take a minute to talk about the getting ready photos. This is one of my favorite parts the of the day. All the anticipation and excited is felt right here at this moment. This is when I have creative free reign to just focus on capturing happy and candid moments. After 13 years of photographing weddings the one thing I hear over and over again is "I want my photos to be natural and real". And I 100% agree!
There are a few things that can help you make the most of this time and get amazing images. First you need to pick a perfect location. This wedding my bride chose The Renaissance downtown Cincinnati. It was clean, it was bright and the colors were neutral. Everything I could have asked for. SO you can see in these images why this hotel works. Not to be negative but here is a list of what doesn't work. Yellow or green wall color (white or light grey color is best). Cluttered rooms are difficult, it just looks messy. Put all the bags and shoes in one spot and keep things open. Make sure you choose a room big enough for everyone to move around included us so we are not on top of you guys. And lastly dark rooms. I need BIG windows for bright and airy photos. All of my portrait & detail shots need bright light. I prefer to use natural light when we can. I mean, you want your skin to look amazing in these photos, so give us some light! And lastly if you need suggestions I have a HUGE list, so just call or email me. And don't forget to take note of the really cute first look at the end with her dad, best time to capture this moment is while getting ready.