Prep photos are the shots prior to a ceremony of the details that you meticulously searched Etsy, antique shops, and every boutique imaginable for. They are the shoes, jewelry, handwritten notes, grandma’s handkerchief, and more. In photography, they are similar to the opening credits. They set the mood and the scene for the day. Fine, stunning details, prep photos are some of the most heart-warming extra captures.
In order to get the most comprehensive grouping possible, the most important tip may seem obvious, but not always – have everything in one place. Seems so simple, but it has so many moving pieces! Have your invitation suite present as well as handwritten vows. Also, your bouquets play an essential role in these photos so coordinate with your florist to have the flowers delivered just before we arrive. Have a maid of honor or bridesmaid set everything off to one side that you could possibly want shot when we arrive. Karin is the queen of detail shots and will instantly pour through your pieces to cultivate the most stunning photos.
Gentleman are not ignored with these. Grooms should set aside any cufflinks (especially those passed down from one generation to another), handwritten vows, and boutonnieres. While there may not be as many pieces, the groom’s details still add in to the overall story of the day.
Finally, after all the detail pieces are photographed is the candid prep of getting your dress on, adding on your jewelry, and finishing touches in the mirror to hair or makeup. A great idea is to have you bridesmaids get their dresses on just before the bride does. This way, they are uniformly dressed in all photos.