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I love taking photos of the bride getting ready. This tends to be when a big portion of the day’s emotion, excitement, nervousness and hilarity happens. Photographing the bride surrounded by her friends from all parts of her life along with her mother, soon-to-be-mother-in-law, sisters, brothers, aunts and such is such an honor. This is often a time for reminiscing, for sweet words, for joking and for all the hard work put into the day to come together. This is ritual! It is a bounty to photograph. And to boot, there is almost always beautiful light during the preparation time, streaming in from somewhere.

Documenting the preparations before the actual ceremony is a fairly new phenomenon in wedding photography. However, I predict these are going to be the images that are gone through the most by the next generations. The formal portraits may become the familiar photos, the pictures that are framed, hung on the wall to do the job of establishing ‘this is my great-grandmother and great-grandfather on their wedding day’.

I believe the shots of the bride or groom surrounded by their dearest friends in the moments building up to their nuptials—these will be the photos that answer the questions about WHO they were, HOW they felt, and WHAT happened on their wedding day. 

 

It is really happening!

It is really happening!

 

 

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I love the backstage pass!


 

Amanda has known her bridesmaids since she was a wee one. They have shared this ritual each time one of them has gotten married.

Amanda has known her bridesmaids since she was a wee one. They have shared this ritual each time one of them has gotten married.

 

 

 

Mahnaz's bridesmaids were amazing problem solvers. They got the job done.

Mahnaz's bridesmaids were amazing problem solvers. They got the job done.

 

It doesn't matter they happen in a crowded bathroom or in fancy hotel room with a view, the getting ready pictures are always fun for me.

It doesn't matter if they happen in a crowded bathroom or in fancy hotel room with a view, the getting ready pictures are always fun for me.

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I call this one 'anticipation'.

 

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Shellie doesn't have her dress on yet, but she is ready.

 

James, Shellie's groom, is ready too.

James, Shellie's groom, is ready too.

 

 

 

Scott usually photographs the groom and the groomsmen, but sometimes we switch it up. The ritual is rich with them as well.

 

Scott usually photographs the groom and the groomsmen, but sometimes we switch it up. The ritual is rich and sweet and real with them as well.

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