If there's one thing I believe in, it's making sure every moment of your wedding day is captured in the most stunning and authentic way possible. And that definitely includes your bridal preparation photos.

Your bridal prep is such a special time filled with excitement, nerves, laughter, and maybe even a few happy tears. It's the perfect opportunity to capture those precious moments before you say "I do" and I'm here to help you make the most of it. Here are some tips on how to get the most out of your bridal preparation photos.

1. Choose the Right Location

First things first, choose a location for your bridal prep that reflects your personality and style. Whether it's a chic hotel suite, a cosy Airbnb, or your childhood home, make sure the space feels comfortable and beautiful. This will set the tone for your photos and make you feel at ease as you prepare for the big day.

2. Plan Ahead

It's important to plan ahead for your bridal preparation photos. Make sure your getting-ready space is tidy and free of clutter, so that the focus can be on you and your bridesmaids. Also, consider natural light when choosing your prep location – the more natural light that you can let into the room, the better your photos will turn out!

3. Consider Your Hair and Makeup Timing

Coordinate with your hair and makeup artist to ensure that you are photo-ready at the desired time. Communicate with them about your photography schedule so that they can plan your hair and makeup accordingly. This will help you avoid feeling rushed and allow your photographer to capture the entire process seamlessly.

4. Plan Your Outfit and Accessories

Choose your outfit and bridal accessories carefully, and lay them out neatly for your photographer to capture. This includes your wedding dress, shoes, jewellery, veil, and any other adornments you plan to wear. Having these items arranged in an aesthetically pleasing manner will result in stunning detail shots that you can cherish for years to come.

5. Add Some Personal Touches

When it comes to styling your bridal preparation photos, don't be afraid to add some personal touches that reflect your unique taste and personality. Whether it's a vintage mirror, a bouquet of fresh flowers, or a sentimental piece of jewellery, incorporating meaningful elements into your pre-wedding photos can add depth and character to the images.

6. Surround Yourself with Supportive People

Your bridal party plays a huge role in your wedding day, and having them by your side during your preparation photos can make the experience even more special. Surround yourself with supportive, loving people who will help keep you calm and make you laugh. This positive energy will shine through in your photos.

7. Pay Attention to Details

When getting ready for your big day, make sure to pay attention to the little details. This means choosing a beautiful robe or outfit that you feel comfortable in to wear while getting ready, considering matching robes for your bridal party, selecting pretty hangers for your dress and bridesmaid's dresses, and ensuring any sentimental items are easily accessible for photos.

8. Embrace the Emotions

Your bridal prep is filled with so many emotions – from excitement and nervousness to pure joy and anticipation. Embrace these feelings and allow yourself to be fully present in the moment. Your photographer will capture these genuine emotions, resulting in photos that truly reflect the essence of your wedding day.

9. Trust Your Photographer

Last but not least, trust your photographer to capture the magic of your bridal prep. A skilled wedding photographer knows how to document these candid, fleeting moments in a way that is both natural and beautiful. Let go of any worries and trust that your photographer will create stunning images that you'll cherish forever.

Your bridal prep photos are an important part of your wedding day story, so take the time to make them as special as possible. By planning ahead, surrounding yourself with supportive people, paying attention to details and embracing your emotions, you'll be sure to get the most out of this unforgettable experience.

all images by victoria baker