WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY TIMELINE

Perfect Times For Your Photography

With the variety of the cultural characters of our weddings, it’s challenging to suggest an accurate wedding photography timeline template. Anyway, there are perfect time blocks you should consider when planning your day. Some of these timeframes may seem long on paper but keep in mind that 1) the day will fly by very fast, 2) almost all weddings run late, and 3) we’ll make these photo sessions joyful, so it won’t be a long and *boring* time.

DETAILS: RINGS, DRESS, SHOES, AND MORE

  • Ideal Time Portion – 30 minutes

  • Ideal Time of the Day – Morning

  • Ideal Location – Bridal Suite or Hotel Suite

* Advice – Having at least 30 minutes for details ensures 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 moments when a hotel room is too crowded or simply not charming; I have to take the dress all the way down to the reception or maybe outside. This can take some time, but as you can see from the results, it’s well worth the additional work.

 

 

PREPARATION: GETTING READY

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  • Ideal Time Portion – 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 my photography 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.

The lead shooter will be the main time with the bride while in between we will have a 15 min for the groom as well. 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.

 

 

INDIVIDUAL PORTRAITS: BRIDAL

  • Ideal Time Portion – 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 my photography 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.

The lead shooter will be the main time with the bride while in between we will have a 15 min for the groom as well. 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.

 

 

FIRST LOOK AND DAYTIME COUPLES SESSION

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  • Ideal Time Portion – 45-60 minutes

  • Ideal Time of the Day – Morning or Early Afternoon

  • Ideal Location – Venue Garden, Venue beach, Empty Venue Hallway

* Advice – The first look should be around 45-60 minutes. During this time, the bride and groom enjoy seeing each other for the first time on the wedding day. While the actual first look might only be 5-10 minutes, the rest of the time is spent on a few basic portraits of the bride and groom.

Ideally we are saving the best light scenario for the sunset couples session. Anyway, if there is no other time in the day, it is best to assign another 45 minutes to an hour here so that we make sure we have enough photos of just you two.

 

 

WEDDING PARTY PHOTOS

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  • Ideal Time Portion – 45-60 minutes

  • Ideal Time of the Day – Morning or Early 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.

 

 

IMMEDIATE FAMILY

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  • Ideal Time Portion – 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.

Plan on 3 minutes per group on average. We all know how much weddings mean to the immediate family, and we want to make sure we’re capturing enough pictures with them.

 

 

CEREMONY DETAIL AND VENUE

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  • Ideal Time Portion – 30 minutes

  • Ideal Time of the Day – Morning or Afternoon

  • Ideal Location – Ceremony Site

* Advice –Please allow 30 minutes 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.

 

 

COUPLES SESSION

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  • Ideal Time Portion – 45-60 minutes

  • 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.

Sunset the best time to capture the marvelous shots with colorful skies. If your wedding is in a venue with tall trees or buildings more than three floor, it’s big chance we will have many shadow areas, and perfect is to find open field location for best light or location with many white walls for best light reflection. Anyway, if you booked your venue because of the outstanding view of the ocean, it’s essential to follow this advice in your timeline.

 

 

RECEPTION EVENING DETAIL 

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  • Ideal Time Portion – 30 minutes

  • Ideal Time of the Day – Early Evening

  • Ideal Location – Ceremony Site

* Advice – Please allow 30 minutes to take pictures of the reception site, completely set up with no guests or vendors in the area.

Similar to the ceremony details, this is the only opportunity we have to capture the beauty of the reception decor prior to guest arrival.

 

EVENING EXIT COUPLES SESSION

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  • Ideal Time Portion – 20-30 minutes

  • Ideal Time of the Day – Evening final hour

  • Ideal Location – Areas with interesting lights, fountains, Venue Reception and mirrors Rooms, pool and Dance areas.

* Advice –  During the reception, please plan on sneaking out for a couple of night shots. I will only need 20-30 minutes, as we understand the importance of being a good host. Anyway, this time is important if you enjoy the night photography that we create.

Similar to the ceremony details, this is the only opportunity we have to capture the beauty of the reception decor prior to guest arrival. The ideal time for this is right after you finish dinner or during the open floor dancing after you’ve danced a few songs and would like a break.