Getting ready shots for an elopement.
Getting ready shots for an elopement.

Why You Should Include Getting Ready Shots in Your Elopement?


First of all, what are 'getting ready shots? Those are the shots taken during everything leading up to the first look and ceremony. It's the hidden emotions, those smiles or tears, the laughter between you and your best friend or sign of nervousness and excitement. Those are the shots that tell the story right before the big yes. Since most couples choose to get ready before their elopement or a wedding in different rooms or even airbnbs, the other party never gets to see how excited and nervous their partner was before their wedding. I love taking candid/documentary style photos of couples getting ready because they are the ultimate story tellers. They capture raw and unforced emotions in a more relaxed setting. They're also never seen before angles of your face and body, all those cute expressions that make you YOU.

Getting ready shots for an elopement.
Getting ready shots for an elopement.
Getting ready shots for an elopement.
Getting ready shots for an elopement.
Getting ready shots for an elopement.
Getting ready shots for an elopement.

How Much Time Should We Have For Getting Ready Shots?


That's totally up to you and the package you choose. I offer packages starting at 3 h coverage, but that's never enough time to capture it all. If you want getting ready shots, I offer them in packages starting at 5h. The most popular one is 8h coverage that allows enough time for everything from your make up to ceremony and plenty time for a hiking adventure to that dream portrait location. Every bride requires different amount of time for getting ready shots, since not everyone wants full on make up or hair done. Some brides want to get read on location which adds another element of surprise and adventure. If shot at airbnb or hotel I like to spend minimum on an hour with couples getting ready to capture most important stages if 'dressing up'. If you'd like to get ready at a trailhead before embarking on a hike or at the parking lot or near ceremony location 20-30 minutes is enough for the 'adventurous' version that tells a story from start to finish . Ready to elope and have a great experience? Let me be your elopement and adventurous wedding photographer.

Getting ready shots for an elopement.
Getting ready shots for an elopement.
Getting ready shots for an elopement.
Getting ready shots for an elopement.
Getting ready shots for an elopement.
Getting ready shots for an elopement.
Getting ready shots for an elopement.