(Closed) Wedding photography question: how long?

posted 4 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 4
1210 posts
Bumble bee

We have our photographers for 9 hours. Our timeline (so far) looks like this:

Getting ready and small group shots (1230-145)

Ceremony (2-3)

Family Photos (315-345)

Wedding Party photos (4-530)

Reception (530-930)


We decided we wanted more photos at the reception than of us getting ready, as thats when all our guests will be there. Our photographers suggested 20 minutes for family formals, but we both have big families, so we allotted 30 min. Our venue is about 2 miles away from our church, so our photogs (awesome as they are!) are scouting out locations between the two, so we aren’t making huge detours and wasting photo-op time driving around.

Our cocktail hour actually starts at 6 but we would like to be there to greet people. However, we decided if the photo-taking runs late, we are okay showing up after cocktail hour to get more time, especially since we aren’t doing a “first look”.

Post # 6
1210 posts
Bumble bee

@crackktheskyy:  I really have no clue of what the “norm” is. This was the timeline suggested by our photographers, based on their previous experience. Our photographers are really great, came up with a lot of ideas for us, and truly wanted to maximize our photo time. They did say that the “formal” shots are mostly for the parents and not really the ones the bride/groom end up enjoying/framing in their homes, so they wanted to spend more time getting the creative and fun shots of me and my Fiance alone and with our bridal party.

Post # 8
1314 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

Family photos typical take 30-45 minutes depending on the number of combinations requested. For artistic portraits we suggest a minimum of 30 minutes, but the more time you can give your photographer the more variety you will have.

Post # 9
3141 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Your photographewish oils tell you how much time she wants blocked off for those photos I am thinking 1-1.5 hours

Post # 10
6544 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

@continuumphotography:  +1.


@crackktheskyy:  I am most often given around an hour for post-ceremony formals. When a couple does not do a first look, I do as many groupings before the ceremony that I can, that don’t involve the couple together. So the bride w/ her parents/siblings & bridesmaids, and groom w/ his parents/siblings & groomsmen. That way, those are combinations that do not need to be done after the ceremony. I usually do family in 15-20 minutes, bridal party 10-15 minutes, and remainder with the couple. I do work from a shot list for family formals ONLY, because I find that having a shot list that includes the names of each person participating in that combiation makes things run efficiently. My assistant can call out the names of those needed in the photo, with is direct and keeps us from standing there saying “I need the brides family”. 

The best advice I can give is to consult with your photographer about your timline. Every photographer has a different workflow. I know photographers who take a full 30-45 minute on family photos, where it takes me around 15-20 (unless of course there are a TON of combinations, but I urge my clients to keep it simple). 

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