(Closed) How Much Time is Necessary for Posed Photos?

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We took 1.5 hours for Bridal Party pics and couple pictures. We then had about a half an hour for family pictures prior to the ceremony.

I would ask your photographer how much time she needs and then try re-work your timeline. That or cut out some poses. Goodluck!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Posed photos really shouldn’t take that long. Some photographers claim it takes 2 hrs, while others can do it in 15 mins. It really depends. Since you said your photographer is upset by your list of posed photos, that to me says that she is a photojournalistic photographer, and they typically don’t take posed photos. When they do, they are able to keep it to a bare minimum (30 mins or less). However, if she is nervous, that is also the sign of a novice who hasn’t been doing this very long, if at all.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I don’t agree with Selene’s comments! Just went through this myself and pictures take awhile! 🙂

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

We started photos at 11:45 AM and finished at around 1:30 – this was for a few shots of my husband and I alone (until 12 or 12:15), then the bridal party portraits, and the family posed portraits.  Our ceremony was at 2.  Make sure you leave some empty time in there between photos and the ceremony, you don’t want your guests arriving for the ceremony while you are taking photos.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

It depends on the photographer. Last wedding I was in it took FOREVER! Seriously I don’t know what his problem was. The wedding before that it took about 45 min for all the formals. This included a shot of all 150 guests with the wedding party! My photog said it should only take about 30 to get the formal shots maybe even less, but I’ve been told that she is known for being speedy.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

For pre-ceremony photos we had one photographer with me and my girls and one with my husband and his guys. The photographers got there 2 hours before the ceremony but didnt go over to the guys’ house until about 1.5 hours beforehand. During this time we got bridal party pictures, solo portraits as well as some pictures with our parents. Then we had our ceremony. After our ceremony we had a little bit more than an hour to do family shots (extended families – 4 of them, plus immediate fams and ones with our siblings), bridal party shots of the entire party as well as some more bride/bridesmaid and groom/groomsmen shots AND we did our couple pictures at this point as well. It may have gone about 1.5 hours for all of that.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

It really all depends on how many family members, bm, and gm along with the requested poses really. One person may have only taken 45 minutes and had 2 bm and 2 gm and have a reletively small family versus the person that has a huge family and large bridal parties for 3 hours…

based on my own photographer experience you’ll probably need 2-3 hours to ensure that you are getting everything that you want. If you are not doing the 1st look ask the photog to take all the seperate ones before the ceremony so you only have to get the ones that have both of you in them after, which will also cut down on time. The last wedding I did we took an hour before the ceremony and about an hour after. There should be no reason that your photog should be nervous about getting them all done. They should be prepared in advance. Keeping a list handy is a good idea too, to ensure they all get taken.

Good luck!

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Groomsmen had photos about 45 minutes before the ceremony. Then we had getting-ready / first look shots for 45 minutes. Then 45 minutes afterward. We only had standard shots and a small bridal party and few family members. Then big group shots for about 20 minutes late in the evening. If the photographer is worried just tell her to plan on getting as much done before the ceremony as possible and allow extra time after the ceremony. Our photographer told us we weren’t allowing enough time – she told us exactly how much time we needed.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I ask for AT LEAST 45 mins for photos of just the bride and groom alone. I’m a PJ photog though, so I don’t make a big deal out of my “family” formals. I can knock those out in 15mins if need be and everyone is organized. What I don’t like to be shorted on is time for bridal party and B&G shots. I suppose it all depends on your photog, but do heed her word if she says you are short-changing her on time.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Our photographer came over 45 minutes before the ceremony and took photos of us girls getting ready/dressed. After the ceremony she took all of our posed portraits, which took 30 minutes. What we did was have the best man with a list of all the photos we wanted taken and gave him a microphone. We started with the large group photo and went from there. The best man was fabulous announcing what photo was next. It gave us 15 minutes to mingle before the limo was scheduled to pick us up for the bridal party photos.

Post # 14
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Busy bee

If you are organized and everyone focuses and pays attention you can get them done pretty quickly.  The weddings I’ve been a part of that have pics that last foreeeever are the ones where the wedding party and family are having to be herded and quieted down like a rowdy class of kindergarteners.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I agree with @emtheartist.  We had pretty small familes (about 10-16 each) and it didn’t take long at all.  Maybe 15-20 mins.  Sometimes when all the family gets together it’s like they don’t know how to follow the simpliest instruction from the photographer.  Everyone is talking and it’ll take twice as long!

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