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How to Get the Prettiest Photos & Film During Bridal Prep | Birmingham Alabama Wedding Videographer | Megan Pettus Videography


Filming a bride getting ready the morning of her wedding is one of my favorite things to do on a wedding day. Giddy excitement, a tinge of nervousness, plenty of matching monogramed robes & mimosas…It’s all so much fun. It’s also a time that can be filmed beautifully–if you use these tips!

  1. Turn out those lights!!⠀

    So, one of the first things I do when arriving to film your wedding may be turning off a few lights in the room. ⠀

    Here’s why. ⠀

    Typically, indoor lighting is very yellow-orange colored, and that isn’t the most flattering on your skin or your dress. But that natural sunlight coming through?? Oh, girl. It’s gorgeous and sooo flattering. ⠀

    So by turning all of the lights off, I can achieve a true to life and just plain PRETTY picture of you! No strange color casts that can make your skin look funny!⠀

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This gorgeous bridal suite? Yep, I got that color in-camera. Because I didn’t have two different light sources coming in. ⠀

So the next time you visit your wedding venue, go to the bridal suite and flip that switch! If there is a lot of natural light coming in, you know I’ll be doing the same thing!⠀

Now, what happens if the bridal suite ISN’T in good light? Well, usually, your photographer and I will work together to find a location that is well lit, so that we can make sure you look your best and that you LOVE your final images and video.

This may mean pulling you into the hallway once your dress is on and you feel covered, but before you’ve been all the way zipped up or laced up.

2. Ask a friend to be the designated de-clutterer (is that a word? It is now!).

A clean, clutter free room will mean that when you are watching your wedding film, you will be able to focus on what truly matters. You can look back at the moment when you put on your dress and be able to focus on your Mom’s excited tear falling down her cheek instead of the Starbucks cups littering the background or worse yet, a stray undergarment!

By asking a friend to help with the cleanup, you can stay in the fun oh-my-gosh-I’m-getting-married mode and not have to worry about how the room looks.

Your photographer and I will probably help out with this as well–as we’re always on the look out for these stray items and how they will affect your memories of your day.

3. Turn off the music–or at least turn it down.

One of the best ways to remember your wedding day is to be able to hear it and see it in your wedding film. Unfortunately when you’re blasting Taylor Swift, it’s nearly impossible to hear your best friend telling you how proud and excited she is for you, or your grandmother’s story about those family heirloom pearls before putting them around your neck.

If you want to jam out while getting hair and makeup–go for it! But my advice- and I think you’ll be happy you listened- is to turn it off once things start getting real!

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Want to see these tips in action? Watch these beautiful films!

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  1. Josh says:

    Very good tips brides can plan for!

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