Help me help you! A complete guide to working with us for your wedding photography
I want to provide a flawless photographic experience for you, your families and your wedding guests. So here are a few things to think about regarding your wedding photography, including a timeframe in which I need a few items from you. Here is all you need to know!
Group Shot List – see sample
- Prepare Your Shot List Several Weeks Ahead of Time: The bride and groom should work together to come up with a group shot list (here is a sample)
- Plan for An Hour of Group Shots: When planning your day, leave about 1 hour for group shots (this amount of time works for most scenarios). A good rule of thumb is 3-5 minutes per shot, if you have a larger or smaller wedding.
- Pre-Ceremony or After Ceremony: Most people do group shots right after the ceremony, before the reception. But many of the group shots involving the bride, groom and bridal party, can be scheduled for a pre-ceremony time. Especially if you’d like to do a First Look!
- First Look: If you want to do a ‘First Look’ prior to the ceremony 75-80% of the posed shots can be done prior to the ceremony, which can make your wedding day run very smoothly, but is by no means required. It’s just an option some people choose!
- Work from Larger to Smaller and Older/Younger to Middle Ages
- For example “Whole family” (picture with 20 people) will come before “Bride + Parents” (picture of 3 people).
- “B+G + Grandparents” will come before “Groom + Best Man”. It’s usually best to move grandparents on to the receptions sooner rather than later.
- Small children can get fussy, so it is a good idea to get them out of the way first too!
- If you’re having trouble, that’s ok. Do your best. 😀 I have some experience with this and it will all work out just find… Check out my sample list and work from that!
- Photo Director: I’ve found it helpful to have someone from each side of the family that will be able to help us track down family members for particular shots. At the very least, having one person that can announce the next shot and queue people up is good in the case that we don’t have one person from each side of the family.
Schedule of Events
It’s helpful for me to have a timeline of events in your wedding. That way I can plan to be in the right place at the right time for the ceremony, the cake cutting, the first dance, the garter toss, the exit, etc. (This list is not exhaustive!) The schedule you provide to the wedding party or the DJ works well.
Don’t Forget to Feed Us
We get grumpy when we’re not fed. Just kidding, but in all reality, eating time isn’t great for taking pictures. Believe it or not, most people don’t like how they look when they’re eating. Hehe.