January 30, 2017

Timing is Everything | Wedding Day Photography Timelines

Timing and Wedding Day Timelines

In regards to planning Wedding Day Photography Timelines, timing is everything.

Winter Wedding Bride and Groom Photo
Timing is everything.

Part of my job as a Wedding Photographer is planning a Timeline for Wedding Day Photography.  Let’s face it, one of the most important parts of my job is making sure there are some great portraits of the Bride and Groom.  The amount of time necessary is different for each wedding and depends on several factors.  You would want to commit to at least 20 minutes and possibly up to an hour and a half if at all possible.  That amount of time can be broken down into smaller increments throughout the day, but planning ahead is very important.  Below are several factors you want to consider:

Saratoga Springs Wedding Photos
Peggy and Chuck did a First Look before their wedding ceremony at Saratoga National.

First, determine whether or not you want to do a First Look.  A First Look is when the couple sees each other before the actual ceremony.  This is not an option for everyone, but lots of my clients choose to do it.  When asked, they tell me it saves them a lot of stress.  We also get a lot of pictures done ahead of time so they can enjoy their cocktail hour with their guests.

Catskill Mountains Wedding Photo
The sun was about to set on the top of Windham Mountain when we made this wedding portrait.
Christ Church Ballston Spa NY Wedding Photo
This couple did their First Look in front of their church.

Consider the time of day and factor that into your timeline.  For example in the Winter, the sun sets earlier.  So if you want outdoor wedding photos, you need to make sure you have daylight.  Night shots are also popular–so talk to your caterer and photographer to make sure this can happen without a major disruption in the catering/dinner service.

Canfield Casino Wedding Photo
We had over an hour to do wedding portraits for this couple. It was fun and relaxing for them, and it shows on their faces.

If you are planning on using multiple locations in your wedding images, you need to allow for travel time.  I have had brides choose locations 20 minutes apart.  This adds quite a bit of time for the formal photography on the wedding day.

In summary, wedding photography often takes up the largest portion of any wedding day timeline.  But the photos are the only tangible thing you will have left when the wedding is over–so make sure you plan accordingly.

Wedding Day Photography Saratoga
We used the church for a few wedding photos for this couple, then traveled 20 minutes to the location for the reception.

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