(Closed) Is this enough time?

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@JessSeny:  There is no way that you would be willing to do “first look” photographs before the ceremony and also take pictures of the bridal party also? Just a thought, it might provide all of you more time to get pictures done in a timely manner without feeling rushed. 🙂 

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I think this is enough time.  We are getting 8 hours of coverage and our ceremony is starting at 4:30.  We are doing the majority of photos before the ceremony though (all family pictures, all bridal party pictures, and all bride & groom pictures).  The only pictures we’re taking between ceremony and reception are just fun ones at different locations while cruising in the limo.  Family pictures take no time at all, especially if the photog knows what they’re doing.  If you don’t feel like it’s enough time, you could pay her for an extra hour.

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@JessSeny:  You hit the reply button under the person’s post and it shows up in the “leave a comment” box.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@JessSeny:  So 30min total for families, both yours and his?  How does the bridal party factor in?  Only an hour is tight, but it’s doable… depending on how big your families are, and how many different combinations of people you want to do. 

Did you hire an experienced professional or someone starting out?  An experienced pro is more likely to know what to do, and I would trust her advice.  If you hired someone that isn’t very experienced, it is going to take a lot longer. 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

It’s doable but if you run in to delays in your schedule or lose a family member for 10-15 minutes ( which happens all the time) you won’t have any wiggle room. 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’m shooting a wedding with a similar situation (late afternoon wedding, couple doesn’t want to see each other beforehand). Here’s my solution. I do all the seperate bridal party & family photos beforehand. So that way, if you only have an hour, you have plenty of time to do photos of the two of you and all the together photos (big family photos, bridal group photos). Good lighting for me, plenty of time for you, and no first look.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@JessSeny:  It depends on what you want. When I got married, I asked my photographer to show up in the last ~15 minutes of makeup/hair prep. I didn’t want a lot of pictures of me getting my makeup done. I encourage you have pictures of your dress (because I think those are nice years down the road when it’s gone) and all your little accessories. I think the getting ready photos can be nice, but you don’t need them. I’d rather have more dance photos than makeup (personally!). Oh, and make sure you’re wearing something nice (like, no old sweaty t shirt and yoga pants, just something you feel pretty in) and wear a white shirt, if possible. It makes it easier to match the makeup to how it’ll look with a white dress.

 

Some people love having every minute documented, some don’t. Don’t let anyone “shame” or “convince” you into needing more time (or, on the flip side, less time). Decide what you want. And then maybe add an extra 30 minutes or hour. Because things never go as planned time-wise.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@JessSeny:  On of my favorite photos from our wedding is of our friend “dancing” during Shout. The part where is says “just a little bit lower now” he decided to curl up in a ball on the floor. Priceless.

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

The only one that can tell you if it’s enough time is your photographer. Every photographer is different. I can get through ALL family formals in about 15-20 minutes…and that’s for both sides of the family. It’s the ONLY time during a wedding I work off a list (that the bride and I have made ahead of time) and I have it all written out so I can physically call each person I need in that shot by name. I’ve just gotten it down to a really efficient way, plus I’m assertive and take control.

Some photographers need at least 30 minutes or more becuase they don’t move as quick or aren’t as comfortable.

Is it enough in genearal? Well that depends on what is most important for you to get covered? You need to decide what time you want them to start and work from there.

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