I am back with some tips to help you make your wedding day photography go smoothly so you can capture everything you would like. In the last post I spoke about the early planning stages – the venue and time of day for good lighting to help you look good in your photos. Next, let us talk about time-lines.
TIME-LINES are very important for your images because you need to allow enough time for your photographer to help you create the images that you really want. If the details of your dress, rings, bouquets etc are important to you, allow at least 1-2 hours before the ceremony starts to have yourself and your details ready to be photographed, along with your brides maids, mom and any other family or friends that will be with you in your ready room. If your brides maids and mother can plan on being dressed around this time so that everyone looks great in the photographs.
Allowing time to photograph your father and/or your groom in a “first look” is possible before the ceremony. If you would like this, allow the time for it. This should be done early or off site so that your guests don’t see you.. and you have some privacy. Do this no less then an hour before you leave for the ceremony and is best if you are close by. But allow more time if you have to travel further to the ceremony location.
Think through all these things. This is one of my most important jobs as a wedding photographer – to help with the time-line planning and suggest all the things that can be photographed during specific times of the wedding day. You don’t have to do it all, but knowing what your options are can be helpful.
Now that you have the getting ready images thought out, you need to plan the formal portraits. Do you want them done before or after the ceremony? If not before, will you have a receiving line? This can take 45 minutes or more so bear that in mind. Most of my brides skip the receiving line and to straight to formal photos so when the get to the reception they can enjoy their guests, cocktails and freshen up. So, where will your formal portraits happen; how long will it take to get there; who will be included in these portraits; how long will it take to get to the reception venue, how will everyone get there? These questions are ones that I will ask you so that I know how much time I have to do my job. If I can have an hour with you, your wedding party and families, that is amazing. If not, I can get it done in 30 – 45 minutes once we get to a location that we have planned, you just may have fewer combinations of people. You have to decide what you want so you have the time to do it. If you have an all in one venue it really simplifies things, but that is not always possible. Think it through, try to be realistic so that you can to be as relaxed and unstressed as possible on your wedding day. I always try to be helpful in these areas, as I want to help my clients get the images they want on this very important day in their lives.
I hope this helps planning your wedding day time-line and best of luck! Click here for more helpful info. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Please leave a comment below if you found this helpful.