WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY TIMELINE | GET IDEAS ON TIMES

With a wedding being unique and individual to every one of our bride and grooms, it’s difficult to give an exact wedding photography timeline. However, there are ideal times you should consider when planning your day. Keep in mind that 1) the day will race by, 2) most weddings will run a little behind schedule, and 3) we will make these photo sessions fun for you, so it won’t seem like a long time.

RINGS, DRESS, SHOES, AND OTHER DETAILS

  • Ideal Time Allotment

    30 minutes

  • Ideal Time of the Day

    Morning

  • Ideal Location

    Bridal Suite or Hotel Suite

* Advice – Having at least 30 minutes for details assure that we have plenty of time to get that perfect photo of the dress, rings, shoes, bouquets, and the other details of the day.

There are times when a hotel room is too crowded or simply unappealing; we have to take the dress all the way down to the lobby or even outside. This can take some time, but as you can see from the results, it’s well worth the additional work.

Tip – keep an area clean by the window for us to take photos of your details.


PREPARATION

  • * Ideal Time Allotment

    – 60 minutes

  • Ideal Time of the Day

    Morning or Early Afternoon

  • Ideal Location

    Bridal Suite or Hotel Suite

* Advice – Having an hour of preparation is ideal for our style. During this time, we are getting close ups of the makeup and hair being applied as well as the candid moments and the bridesmaids and groomsmen get ready for the day. Keep in mind that these are some of the most emotional and fun times of the day, so you don’t want to cut it short. If the groom is getting ready near or at the venue we will visit them to take some photos while it doesn’t take guys an hour to get dressed, there are still tons of great moments during this time between the groom and his family and friends.

Tip – have your bridesmaids ready before you get into your wedding dress


INDIVIDUAL PORTRAITS

  • Ideal Time Allotment

    – 30 minutes

  • Ideal Time of the Day

    – Morning or Early Afternoon

  • Ideal Location

    – Bridal Suite, Hotel Suite, Venue Lobby, or Venue Garden

* Advice – Right after prep is the best time for individual portraits of the bride and groom (separately). Besides makeup and hair being completely fresh, the day is not too busy yet so we can take our time and get those perfect portraits.
Also, keep in mind that the window lighting in most hotel rooms creates a unique look that can’t be duplicated in any environment throughout the rest of the day.

Tip – make sure it’s just you, with no onlookers


WEDDING PARTY PHOTOS

  • Ideal Time Allotment

    – 45-60 minutes

  • Ideal Time of the Day

    – Morning or Afternoon

  • Ideal Location

    -Venue Lobby, Venue Garden, Beach, Park, Off-site Location

* Advice – Wedding Party Photos should be around 45 minutes to 1 hour. During this time, we get a variety of shots in a variety of poses. We start off with the basic, classic photos focused on great expressions and lighting.
Then we move into a set of fun and creative shots. Finally, we know how much your wedding party means to you, so we are sure to get pictures with you and each one of your bridesmaids or groomsmen individually.

Tip – Make sure everyone is aware that they are wanted the photos at this point in day


IMMEDIATE FAMILY

  • Ideal Time Allotment

    – 30-45 minutes

  • Ideal Time of the Day

    – Morning or Afternoon

  • Ideal Location

    -Venue Lobby, Venue Garden, Beach, Park, Off-site Location

* Advice – Immediate Family Photos should take another 45 minutes. It’s important to have additional images with your parents, grandparents, and siblings beyond the basic formal (mentioned in the section below).
Plan on 3 minutes per group on average. For example, if you have 10 groups, schedule in a 30 minute time slot.
We all know how much weddings mean to the immediate family, and we want to make sure we’re capturing enough pictures with them.

Tip – allocate a person that knows your family to help us get family members.


CEREMONY DETAIL AND VENUE

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  • Ideal Time Allotment

    – 30 minutes

  • Ideal Time of the Day

    – Morning or Afternoon

  • Ideal Location

    – Ceremony Site

Advice – Please allow 30 minutes for the second shooter to take pictures of the ceremony site, completely set up with no guests or vendors in the area.
Before you have the guests seated, it’s important that we are there to capture the complete set up of your ceremony site so we can capture the scene at its best.


FORMALS (EXTENDED FAMILY, IMMEDIATE FAMILY, AND FRIENDS)

  • Ideal Time Allotment

    – 45-60 minutes

  • Ideal Time of the Day

    – Morning or Afternoon (Post Ceremony)

  • Ideal Location

    -Venue Lobby, Venue Garden, Beach, Park, Off-site Location

Advice – Formals should take around 45 minutes to 1 hour depending on the size of your family and the number of guests.
Plan on 3 minutes per group on average. For example, if you have 10 groups, schedule in a 30 minute time slot.
Some couples have decided that they want a picture with all guests while others have decided that they only want pictures with select VIPs to save time. We recommend something in between.
We also recommend being very organized, with a list of groups and helpers from each side of the family to help round people up.


COUPLES SESSION

  • Ideal Time Allotment

    – 1 hour

  • Ideal Time of the Day

    – Late Afternoon (Sunset)

  • Ideal Location

    – Venue Garden, Beach, Hotel Lobby, Park

* Advice – Couple session should be around 1 hour and should take place ideally 30 to 45 minutes before sunset. The is the best time in terms of lighting. It also allows us to capture the awesome scenic shots with colorful skies. If your wedding is in an area with tall buildings, it’s not as important for us to have this specific time frame (although it still helps).
However, if you booked your venue because of the spectacular view of the countryside or a gorgeous castle, it’s essential to follow this advice in your timeline.

Tip – make time for these photos we can always take another photo but there only be one Sunset on your wedding day


COUPLES SESSION – RECEPTION SNEAK OUT

  • Ideal Time Allotment

    – 20-30 minutes

  • Ideal Time of the Day

    – Dusk to Night Time

  • Ideal Location

    – Areas with interesting lights, fountains, city scapes and mirrors

* Advice – During the reception, please plan on sneaking out for a couple of night shots. We only need 20-30 minutes, as we understand the importance of being a good host. However, this time is important if you appreciate the night photography that we deliver. The ideal time for this is right after you grab a bite to eat or during the open floor dancing after you’ve danced a few songs and would like a break. Another suggestion would be to get these shots at the very end of the night once all the guests have departed.

Tip – have something warm that you can put on that will match wedding dress.


OTHER THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND

Table Shots – Table shots are when you go around visiting tables. There are two options for photography during this time. (1) You can take formal pictures with each of these tables or (2) we can simply focus on photojournalism, capturing the smiles and hugs as you mingle with each table. If you’re planning on doing formal table shots, please keep in mind that these will take about 3-5 minutes per table. For example 20 tables would require 60-100 minutes of time.