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The Window Effect: Wedding Day Getting Ready Locations

If you’re a couple, planning your dream wedding day, and you’ve invested into your wedding photography - you want those photos to actually be the best that they can be, right? Your wedding day will go by so fast and the getting ready portion of the day can feel like such a hectic, stressful blur. But those moments are also some of the most special!

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Whether your mom is buttoning you into your dream gown or you’re hanging out with your best guys - the getting ready locations for both halves of the engaged couple are absolutely key! Those images are so precious and will be cherished for generations.

Most venues, couples and wedding planners are not photographers. We know that. So that’s why I just want to pop in with a few bits of advice for your getting ready locations!

The big no-no’s include:

  • a space that is too small for your wedding party where everyone feels cramped

  • a space with fluorescent or artificial lighting

  • a space with a ton of clutter, bold decor, dark colors, too many personal decor items, etc.

The one absolute YES for your getting ready space is…

A WINDOW!

The more windows, the better, honestly.

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If you only have access to one window in your getting ready space, know that we’ll be doing literally all of the photography in front of that window! You really cannot beat natural light when it comes to capturing pure and creamy skin tones, beautiful glow and accurate colors. Having sunlight is absolutely key. Any getting dressed photos, detail photos and possibly some posed portraits will all happen in front of that window. This means, it’s really important that the space around it remains clear, clutter free and free of large furniture.

The best getting ready spaces have very light and neutral paint colors (like white, light creams or soft and bright pastels), high-end classic furniture like neutral velvet chairs, soft and etherial linens, very minimal wall decor and curtains and of course… lots of windows!

An Ode To My Wing-Women

It’s been a long and busy wedding season (and I’m not quite finished yet… one more to go) but I could not have taken on this monumental season without my best gals. I couldn’t write a blog post to explain how grateful I am for these two… in all honesty, words fall short.


My mom, Momsistant Kristin, only worked two weddings with me this year but I was reminded how much I need her and I can’t wait to bring her to more weddings in the coming years. My clients are always so over-the-moon to see her when we walk in on their wedding day. She incredible at observing what people need before they need it, calming the nerves of the mother of the bride (she’s been there!!!) and reminding the key people of their duties. She has helped to fluff trains before brides walk down the aisle, cue processionals and a million other day-of coordinator tasks in addition to assisting with gear, light and shooting.

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My mom has never doubted my ability to do this job (at least not to my face haha) and she’s always supported my somewhat unconventional career path - especially considering that she works in an entirely different field. She loves my clients and they love her. She’s probably going to kill me when she sees the few behind the scenes shots I unearthed but I’m so grateful that she was a part of my season!

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And then there’s Caity. Caity, oh gosh. I think it’s impossible to follow my story and not also follow along with my favorite six-foot tall photographer. In the midst of a total rebrand, a new website, a ton of growth within her own business, some really important workshops and second shooting for other photographers too, she found time to come along for a crazy season with me once again! There are a lot of fabulous second shooters out there but I’m so grateful to be able to work beside such a talented, fun and loving woman (almost) every weekend.

When she’s not playing with the dogs…

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… or trying to blend in with the groomsmen…

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… she always shows up with her signature dance move for reception light testing.

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Her “what is happening right now” face is on point 24/7.

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She is a TOTAL PRO at modeling her own posing.

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Of course she always makes me laugh at the most important times of the wedding day where things can easily feel overwhelming and crazy.

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She is an A+ professional third-wheeler.

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And most importantly, she loves my couples so dearly. She treats them as if they are her own and she doesn’t hesitate to jump in and take on wedding day tasks that are way outside of the scope of photography. I’m so grateful and so lucky.

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I cannot wait to share the 2018 Behind the Scenes blog post with you in the new year!! Cheers to these amazing women who keep me sane and are way too good to me. I wouldn’t be half of the photographer I am without them.