Do I REALLY Need Getting Ready Photos? Artistic Denver Wedding Photographer

I see you! You’re just like me – questioning traditions, wondering if you really need getting ready photos or if that’s a portion of the day you can save some money on when it comes to your wedding coverage.

Love this sister and MOH moment! Getting ready at the Westin Beavercreek. Love this sister and MOH moment! Getting ready at the Westin Beavercreek.

I’m not going to presume to know anything about your budget, but I would recommend you DON’T skimp on the getting ready photos.

Here are a few reasons why:

1.       The moments. As an artistic Denver wedding photographer, I love capturing those emotional,  once-in-a-lifetime moments. And the ‘getting ready’ portion of the day is full of them. Some of my favorites are when your loved ones see you in your dress for the first time. Same goes for the groom – it’s so special when your mom, dad, future in laws see you on your wedding day.

Makeup before ceremony time at Arrowhead Golf Course! Makeup before ceremony time at Arrowhead Golf Course!

2.       The energy. There’s so much excitement and fun in the air. No one tells you this, but you know when you were in college or high school getting ready for a night out or a party? Well that really doesn’t happen in adult life, with one exception: weddings! I love to create artistic Denver wedding photographs capturing this unique part of the day.

Bridesmaid reveal at the Brown Palace! Bridesmaid reveal at the Brown Palace!

3.       Details details details. Some couples really don’t care about detail shots, so if that’s you, skip ahead! But for the couples who love shots of their invitations, shoes, dress, jewelry, love letters, heirlooms, and more, it’s so important that your photographer is ready while you’re getting ready. Many of these artistic Denver wedding photos need to be taken before you get dressed – so there’s really no way around it!

Bridesmaid Reveal at Grand Hyatt Denver! Bridesmaid Reveal at Grand Hyatt Denver!

4.       Telling your story. Your whole wedding day is a story. It has a beginning, middle, and end. The ‘getting ready’ portion is the beginning. As an artistic Denver wedding photographer, I want you to look back at your collection of photos and see that complete story and progression of your wedding day.

Getting dad ready at Devil's Thumb! Getting dad ready at Devil’s Thumb!

What to do instead:

1.       Less travel. Keep the following three locations in the same place or very nearby: getting ready, ceremony, and reception. The less time you and your photographer have to spend travelling, the more bang for your buck.

2.       Have your photographer leave early. If you have to choose between arriving late or leaving early, have your artistic Denver wedding photographer leave early. You won’t miss the late night dancing photos as much as you’ll miss those getting ready moments!


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