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Getting Ready in Classic Black & White

One of my favorite times of a wedding day is capturing the bride getting ready and dressed for the ceremony.  There’s always an excitement in the room and anticipation of the bride seeing her groom at the end of the aisle.  I love capturing candid moments during this time, and my preferred method of creating these images is on black and white film.  The film alone creates such a timeless look, but using the black & white film for candid moments such as these evokes such a classic look.

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Having a gorgeous room to get ready in also doesn’t hurt – such as this space at The Estate at Piedmont.


A few tips that you can follow in order to help create these classic images:

  1.  Have your Mom, Maid of Honor or whomever will be helping you get dressed, be dressed and ready themselves before you get into your gown.  These wouldn’t have the same effect if Mom was still in her pajamas with her hair not done yet.
  2. Make sure your space is clean and clear of clutter, bags, food, drink, makeup and any other distractions.
  3. A beautiful room always helps, but it’s better to have a space with lots of natural light!  Here, there was a total of four windows, two behind the bride and one on each side creating perfect lighting.
  4. Set aside enough time for creating these kinds of candid moments.  I always make sure to schedule at least 30 minutes to cover the bride getting dressed, plus another 30 minutes to an hour beforehand to capture detail photos of the dress, shoes, as well as time for hair/makeup and other candid moments.


And of course the final touches right before the ceremony.

MelissaSchollaertPhotography-GettingReady-07If these are the kind of photos you’ve been dreaming of for your wedding day, contact me today to find out more about my packages and pricing.  Can’t wait to capture your candid moments on your big day!


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