Why You should Include Bridal Preparations In Your Photography Package

Bridal Party Group Images.

IMAGINE, you awake on the morning of your wedding,  Often in a strange room, in a strange hotel and the combination of nerves and excitement are getting the best of you. You didn’t sleep particularly well last night, kept awake by the streams of little square boxes in your mind, of all the jobs that needed to be ticked off spanning back over the past 18 months. Questions,  Will I fit into my dress?, does the Florist know where to drop the flowers off? Will the kids behave?………Will “He” be on time….? “he loves a lay in!”.

Lacing up the Bridal Dress.

You have no makeup on, your hair a mess, Prosecco bottles and half empty fluted glasses litter every surface in your Bridal Preparation suite.

You ask yourself…….. “why on earth would I want to even include Bridal Preparation Photography in my package?”

Here’s Why We Say You Should.

After all of the excitement and the weeks that have past by since your wedding, your photographer has squirreled himself  or herself away in their studios, meticulously  culling and editing images to help tell one of the most amazing stories and milestones  to have happened to yourself and Husbands life together so far.

IMAGE: © Daley Wilson Photography

Like all great stories, they start with a Beginning, have a middle and an End.

But with Bridal Preparation photography it goes far beyond just providing a solid timeline of events to help bookend your wedding gallery and albums. It’s a chance to capture the smaller details such as wedding shoes ( which if I can offer a word of advice, in my experience with Brides of wedding past, before your big day, “BREAK THOSE BAD BOYS IN”. You’ll thank me after.).

where was I….

The smaller details are memories  that will be forgotten  over time, maybe lost or perished such as Button Hole Flowers for the boys or your Bridal Bouquet! Daley Wilson Photography aims to capture everything you have put Time, Thought and Money into, so this doesn’t happen. The still image documentation of the details may someday offer inspiration to your children, Family or friends and maybe create a kind of tradition passed down to brides  within your family for generations to come. If anything else, the details may offer a little nostalgia when looking back on your day.

Remember the small details?.

More importantly, the period leading up to your ceremony, once styled, dressed and Make-Up’d, is the perfect opportunity for yourself and Bridesmaids to spend a little time with the photographer. It’s the only time in which you haven’t been, poked prodded, had your make up smudged by millions of hugs  and kisses from friends and family and your feeling fresh and re-energised, ready to tackle the day ahead.

This time also offers a brief moment to yourself, to collect your thoughts, compose yourself and calm your mind before you walk down the aisle to marry the man of your dreams.

So….. you can see that Bridal Preparation Photography is more than just capturing images to bulk out your gallery, it provides you with a tether to forgotten memories, creates nostalgia provides you with moral support from somebody who lives and breathes weddings during the lead up to your ceremony.

PLUS… it creates an awesome Bookend to your Wedding Gallery!.

Time to compose and calm your mind.
Capturing the Dress is a MUST!

PLUS… it creates an awesome Bookend to your Wedding Gallery!!!

Here are the top 15 images I aim to capture during Bridal Preparation.

  1. Garter
  2. Flowers/Bouquet
  3. Perfume
  4. Bridal Jewellery – Necklaces and Earrings
  5. Bride Being Styled and having Make up applied
  6. The Dress
  7. The Shoes
  8. Personalised Champagne Glasses
  9. Bridal Party Reactions
  10. Maid of Honour and Bride together
  11. Bride looking into Mirror
  12. Lacing up of Brides Dress
  13. Bridal Party Group Photos
  14. Individual Bride Portraits
  15. Father of the Bride collecting the Bride

Planning a Wedding? CHECKLIST FOR BRIDES.

Check out this ultimate Wedding Day Checklist to help plan your wedding like a PRO. CHECKLIST



How NOT to Choose The Right Photographer.

You can search the web and there are thousands of articles on “How to Choose the RIGHT Photographer”. So when drawing inspiration for my latest blog post, I wanted to do things a little different.

I am going to share with you


No matter what you may need their services for , whether it be for a wedding, Business and Product or an event, there are things you should know about the mind set that you will inevitably find yourself in when choosing the right photographer for you.

A little bit about me.

I have been a Full time Professional Commercial and Wedding Photographer in the beautiful county of Lancashire, U.K for a little over five years and a hobbyist tog for almost 3 times as long.

behins the scenes of a salon shoot with spectrum one hair salon
Salon Photography behind the scenes of a commercial photo shoot.

In this time I have heard the same mistakes repeated over and over, unfortunately for some of my clients I am approached to rectify an issue with other photographers work presented to them.  From here on out please let this post be a friendly heads up to help you in your search.

Disclaimer: images within this post have been shot by myself or by the Daley Wilson Photography Team and may have been manipulated to express a point.

“I Have an IPhone”

I love the fact that now anybody who has access to a smart device with a camera can become creative and allow their artistic flare to flow and in turn present their art to the world. I must say , I am in no way against phone photography because there are some phenomenal photographers out there that lead in this genre . What isn’t cool is the presumption that a phone or any smart device can create an image that puts your product or business in the best light possible to sell said product or promote your business to increase revenue……”who doesn’t like more money?”.

A photographer invests so much into his/her profession, not only in hardware and fancy gadgets, but time in educating themselves about their trade.

A professional photographer will know exactly how to arrange your product, what colours, background and lighting will highlight your product and make it stand out against your competitors products. They will provide support, consistency in imagery and more valuable, help promote your product via social networking and website links to your business or products from their portfolios.

iPhone image versus Nikon Dslr Product Photography
iPhone vs Professional Dslr

If you don’t want to appear to be a professional business person with half hearted unimaginative product images, please…. use your iPhone? .

If you absolutely MUST resort to using your camera phone please check out Emili Pakarklis: TOP 10 IPhone Tips and Tricks to Quickly Improve your IPhone Photography. 

I have a low budget

As a wedding photographer, I can appreciate and entirely understand that everyone who needs or would like a photographer for their Wedding, business development or event may not have a huge budget, however, please trust me when I say that hiring a professional photographer is an investment, whether it be memories from your big day or to show case your product in the best light possible.

Commercial and product photography
Professional Stock images Sell that product more effectively – FACT!



Please I urge you to to save, save save and get the absolute best photographer you can afford. Have you ever heard

“You get exactly what you pay for!”

On that note , don’t mistake a Photographer promotion or deals as a gage on whether or not they are a cheap photographer who produces substandard work. We often run promotions for many reasons such as SEO BOOSTING to drive customers to our portfolios websites or even fill quiet gaps or brakes in our diary.


There are so many reasons why we would not want to book a professional photographer, but these two main reasons just about covers it. 

If you have regretted a not hiring a pro, or decided to hire a pro let me know in the comments below. Also if you have any topics you would like me to cover , whether it be photography technique or advise, again drop us a comment in the comment box , I am always looking for inspiration.