Timing Is Everything: 3 Wedding Photography Timeline Tips

by rickandteresa on August 15, 2013

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One of our biggest joys, besides providing the best photographs possible, is to work with you before wedding day to plan out your timeline for the photography on wedding day. Having the right timeline will give you amazing photography results.

Here are 3 tips for creating a wedding photography timeline.

Timeline Tip #1: Think of your photography on wedding day as a series of sessions. List out the sessions you hope to accomplish. For example, our typical wedding might include a getting-ready session, pre-ceremony formal session with the bridal party, then a formal session with the groomsmen, possibly a “reveal” session if the bride & groom want to see each other before the ceremony, post-ceremony formals with the wedding party, then a bride & groom session, and so on.

Timeline Tip #2: Once you’ve identified the sessions you want, have the schedule of your day in front of you and begin to plug in where the sessions will fit. We ask you to allow for a minimum of 30 minutes for each session. This usually works out to starting photography 2 hours before ceremony time, and allowing for one hour of photography between the ceremony and reception. Depending on your must have photo list or your vision for your wedding album, more time may be required. We usually recommend not trying to do the sessions in less than 30 minutes, with the exception of special mini sessions as described in our next tip.

Timeline Tip #3: Consider how you might fit in special mini-sessions based on your vision for the end results, the natural light conditions, and the venue backdrop opportunities. For example, if you are getting married in a late afternoon ceremony on a golf course or a venue with beautiful features, then you might plan to do what we like to call a “steal away” bride & groom session at sunset on the grounds for 20 minutes during the reception. We find that right after the bride & groom eat ┬ádinner and while guests are finishing their dinner, is usually the best time for that.

Note that to help ensure your wedding photography timeline goes as planned, be sure to share your photography timeline and coordinate with your wedding planner, the venue coordinator, and your DJ to be sure that there are no hiccups in accomplishing your wedding photography vision!

Here’s to your getting STUNNING wedding photos!

Dream BIG and Love WELL,

~Rick & Teresa Anderson

photo 41 e1374785561708 Timing Is Everything: 3 Wedding Photography Timeline TipsRick and Teresa Anderson have been providing professional wedding & portrait photography for over 20 years, and have a passion for celebrating life & love through photography! Connect with them on Facebook!

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