Wedding photography timing tips

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
3618 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013


1)have a list of people that you NEED photographed and then give the list to someone who knows all the people and can help the photographer fish them out

2)tell the photographer of things you NEED photographed (like something random you really want to be remembered by pictures) 

3)Give yourself PLENTY of picture time (1 hour is ideal) 


Post # 4
33 posts
  • Wedding: November 2013

Agree with @payless. Also make sure the bride & groom tell the people they want in the formal shots, to expect pictures and where and when to arrive. My aunt & uncle were surprised that I wanted a formal photo with them.

The bride needs to coordinate closely with hair & makeup artist to make sure she’s ready when the photographer arrives. We almost had a blunder – the MUA thought I needed to be finished hair & makeup by a certain time, when I needed to be out-the-door for first-look photos at that time. She had not left me any time for getting into the dress, those getting-ready photos with mom, etc.

We created a spreadsheet with 4 columns: Timing (pre-ceremony, ceremony, post-ceremony, reception), Description, Location, People and added rows for all of the shots we wanted (and were overwhelmed when we realized we had over 85 rows!!). We also added a Notes column for our thoughts (e.g., if we thought the photo could work post-ceremony in case we ran short on time, foul weather alternates for outdoor shots, that sort of thing).

We also created a Pinterest page for our photographer to a) show him pictures of the locations we suggested and b) poses that we liked. We learned alot about posing from the engagement pictures (e.g., I need direction to keep my chin up and avoid multiple chins).

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