Rarely did brides think about the hanger that was holding their dress years ago. When I first started photographing weddings I brought along my own dress hanger (seen above) – a sweet, sturdy and gorgeous one from my girlfriends who own Uptown Bridal & Boutique. It was quite large, and I eventually lost it, leaving it at a venue. *sad face*
If you’re a photographer just starting to shoot weddings and you’re finding your brides are overlooking the hanger situation – consider buying one and bringing it. I can’t tell you how much a pretty hanger compliments a dress and a plastic one doesn’t do much. It’s a small investment to attract the client who loves the details and also improves your dress shot. However, if you do happen to only have a clear one, don’t freak out, shoot the dress shot, hide it tucked in branches, or just shoot it and don’t show it on your blog – if it bothers you.
Please note that hotel hangers won’t suffice at times, sometimes they are on a peg or the hanger top is mini – so on the safe side, provide your own, even if it’s a basic wood one, like I decided, see here.