This is a sample timeline for a 8 HOUR package. Everything can be shifted and adjusted based on your own wedding day but this give you a glimpse at what I'm looking for in terms of time allotment and layout.
10:00 Getting Ready
1:00 PHOTOGRAPHER ARRIVES
- Shoots Details while Bride finishes getting ready -
TIPS: Have details ready to go for me when I arrive. You can do this ahead of time by placing invitations, rings, hair pieces, jewelry, shoes, garter, and any other small details in a box for me to find when I get there. This will not only help you pack up ahead of time so you don't forget things but also allow me to do my work and not have to bother you with tracking down details the morning of. I'll immediately shoot the dress upon arrival then shoot any final make up touches and detail shots.
Ideal Time Allotment: 45 Minutes
Ideal Time of Day: Morning
Ideal Location: Bridal Suite with LOTS of NATURAL light
1:00 HAIR + MAKE UP COMPLETE
1:30 DRESS ON
Ideal Location: Bridal Suite or outside - LOTS of NATURAL light
2:00 FIRST LOOK + BRIDE WITH GROOM
TIPS: THESE are the photos you want. I can not stress this enough. If there is one area of the timeline to emphasize, THIS is it. We will do a secluded first look with just the bride + groom where I will sit back and capture it. These normally takes no more than 10 minutes while I give you your moment. Then I'll direct us to an ideal location for photos and we will shoot as long as possible :)
Ideal Time Allotment: 60 Minutes
Ideal Time of Day: Early Afternoon
Ideal Location: Secluded venue garden or scenic area, or empty venue hall with lots of natural light
3:00 BRIDAL PARTY PHOTOS
3:30 FAMILY PHOTOS
TIPS: Family photos is by far the most hectic photo session of the day. There are a lot of people to handle and everyone is so excited, but the more organized we are going into it the faster we can be and the sooner you all can get to the celebration! I will not be chasing down aunts and uncles so its important for family members to be aware of what time they need to be where. This is a great opportunity for someone close to you to step in and help out with getting people grouped together and ready to go.
Ideal Time Allotment: 3 minutes per group
Ideal Time of Day: Afternoon
Ideal Location: Lots of open space like a garden or scenic area, or empty venue hall with lots of natural light
4:30 PHOTOS FINISHED, GUEST BEGIN TO ARRIVE
BRIDE + GROOM TUCKED AWAY
- Photographer captures details and guests arriving -
I will position myself up front in most cases to capture you coming down the aisle and a close up of the groom. My second shooter will be in the back of the aisle and get you guys from behind coming down the aisle. I do recommend suggesting an unplugged ceremony to guests so iphones, cameras, gopros and ipads (YES, I said ipads, it happened) are not in the view or obscuring any photos. I will move around a lot during the ceremony from the aisle, to the back of the room, to the sides of the aisle and will be right down the aisle for the first kiss.
5:30 EXTENDED FAMILY PHOTOS
If these are something you want, this is a great time to do it. Inform those involved ahead of time that we will be taking a couple of photos right after the ceremony as people head into the cocktail hour. These photos are quick, large groups. Think all of your cousins, aunts and uncles in on photo. Again if this is something we decide to include, a set list of shots will be decided ahead of time and we would have 5 minutes per grouping.
IF ANY PHOTOS WERE MISSED DURING BRIDE + GROOM SESSION, WE WILL ADD THEM IN HERE
5:30 COCKTAIL HOUR
- Photographer captures candid photos + reception details -
This is when I eat too! Please discuss this with your caterer ahead of time. Some caterers will wait to feed the vendors until after all guests have been fed, which means I will be taking my dinner break during toasts. To ensure I do not miss any shots like toasts, I should be eating when you are.
7:00 TOASTS + FIRST DANCE
7:30 DANCE FLOOR OPENS
8:00 SUNSET PHOTOS
TIPS: The time for these varies depending on the season, location, sunset and lighting but this is a photographer's DREAM time to take photos. It's called golden hour and it produces the best and most flattering light on our skin. I'll keep an eye on the sky for us and if this is something we want to include I will come and get you around that time.
Ideal Time Allotment: 20 minutes
Ideal Time of Day: 30 minutes before sunset