How To Create Beautiful Getting Ready Photos With Your Bridesmaids

 In Advice, Professionals Confess!

Today’s brides and grooms usually hire a professional photographer to capture moments throughout their special day. This includes photographs of the entire bridal party, and may even include getting ready photos. So what should a good bridesmaid do if they want to go above and beyond when working with the photographer?

To answer that question we reached out to Pittsburgh wedding photographer Mandy Brisco, of Amanda Brisco Photography, for a few professional tips and tricks. Mandy started off by telling us about how she found her passion for photographing weddings.

Starting Her Business

I started my business in 2013. Mostly I was photographing families, babies, and maternity.  I had the opportunity to be a second shooter for my first wedding in August of 2013.  I immediately fell in love with not only the images but the entire process of the day.  A month later, I covered my first wedding on my own and by the end of 2014, I had covered over 20 weddings and officially moved my business to full time wedding photography.  I have always been a hopeless romantic, so my photography style mirrors that.  I look to create soft, romantic images that truly captures the love and affection between my couples.

Working with Bridesmaids

When asked about her experiences working with bridesmaids, Mandy was quick to share with us that shooting photos of the Bride and her girls is one of the more fun parts of the day.

Each group of girls is different. They all have different personalities which makes it so much fun to be around them.  The bridal prep is one of my favorite parts of the day because I am able to capture the fun interactions between the Bride and her girls, and the overall anticipation of the events to follow that day.  Laughing, sharing stories, and having a great time creates really incredible candid photos to start off the day.

Getting Ready Obstacles

We asked if she’s ever had any difficult bridesmaids and Mandy happily confessed she hasn’t up to this point. The one major obstacle she sees happen time and again is spacing issues for bridal parties when getting ready. She confesses that most bridal suites don’t have enough room for bridal parties with a large number of bridesmaids. Having that many women in a small space can be overwhelming.


Keeping the Space Clutter Free

Mandy says having the appropriate size room requires the bride to take it into consideration when planning the wedding and choosing locations for prep. However, she shares that regardless of the size of the space the best thing the bride and her bridesmaids can do is keep the room as clutter free as possible. Having a place for everything and keeping it there tremendously helps with creating beautiful, clutter free images.

Another really important thing Mandy pointed out is that bridesmaids can be very helpful to keeping everything on schedule.

Keep the following in mind:

Make sure hair and makeup is complete and everyone is dressed before the bride is dressed.  Also, try not to wander off as it can be easy to lose members of the bridal party when getting ready in a hotel.  Once the bride is ready to leave, if someone is missing, it can really stall the timing of the day’s activities.

Favorite Images

We asked Mandy why she choose the three images above. She told us what she loved about all these groups of bridesmaids is their matching attire! Not only does it make the images look cleaner, but it’s fun for the girls. The more fun everyone is having, the better the images.

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  • Keelie

    Lovely photos! Mandy really catches the fun and friendship amongst the bridal party. And great tip about not wandering off when the bride is ready, I was so stressed looking for one of my bridesmaids!

    • bridesmaidsconfession

      I made the mistake of telling my bridesmaids to take their time and finish getting ready during my first look. Next thing you know we’re almost done bridal portraits and the bridesmaids aren’t downstairs yet. My wedding planner went up to get them and they were still in regular clothes. There was a miscommunication where they thought they were supposed to wait for me and the photographer to get back. Ooops! So I say 100% now that the bridesmaids MUST be ready before the bride.

  • Cathy Nugent

    Yes Yes Yes to the keeping the room free of clutter! The only thing that bothers me about my bridesmaids photos is the little things in the background.

    • bridesmaidsconfession

      It’s totally something you don’t think about unless someone tells you. You’re getting ready and it’s chaos. Unless you planned a fully posed shoot it’s hard to remember to keep things nice and neat.

  • Jen Morrow

    I love the getting ready photos! Some of my favorite wedding photos were before the ceremony with my Bridesmaids and cousins.

    • bridesmaidsconfession

      It’s a fun time to spend with the bride. Plus a little bubbly never hurts 🙂

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