(Closed) Our unplanned “first look” – what time should photography begin?

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

First of all, I wouldn’t put 5:00 on the invite and plan to start at 5:30…  Most guests will arrive 15 minutes to a half an hour early anyways.  But you didn’t ask for advice about that, just my 2 cents.  

As for the photos, if you plan on doing pictures with your bridesmaids, groom with the groomsmen, you and your Fiance, and then group shots I’d plan on starting at 2:30.  And you’ll probably be running a little bit late, but that’s okay your photog can start with the guys pictures first 🙂

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

So glad you asked this, wondering the same thing…

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Hey guys,

I’m a wedding photographer and when I try to plan a wedding itinerary for pictures, I figure out how many sets need done. I do the bride by herself before the ceremony and then with her maids – takes about 35-40 minutes total. Then, I move onto the groom – usually takes a little less time. If you’re not doing a first look, B&G pix have to wait until after the ceremony. I usually take them immediately after the ceremony and it takes about 20 minutes. After that, the wedding party joins them and then the family members of their choice. In total, after the ceremony, it can take 45-60 minutes after the ceremony for pix. It depends on what you’re photog and you decide to do. Hope this helped some 🙂 

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Haha, it will all be okay. I’m a photojournalistic photographer, so I capture everything as it unfolds. However, I do always get the traditional shots too. You should just mention to your photog that those are important to you, I’m sure he/she will accommodate whatever you need. If everyone is where they need to be at their designated picture time, they can go quite quickly. You could even consider making a photo itinerary for your bridal party & family members. Consider making them on the back of engagement photos and handing them out at the rehearsal dinner, that way everyone knows what’s going on & where it’s going on.

 So, yes, if you start your pictures at 2:30 you should definietly have them finished by 4:30. I would imagine that you could even get all of the Bridesmaid or Best Man & Groomsmen pix done too, but not together since there isn’t a first look. If you & hubby leave for pix immediately after the ceremony, you can get back quickly or have the bridal party join you. Those shouldn’t take long at all. Make sure to remind any family members that you want in the pictures to stick around and listen for the set of pix that they will be in.

-Liv

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Well your guests will probably arrive around 4:30, maybe even some before that, so you will want to be in “hiding” by 4:15 probably.  Are you just taking first look shots or are you planning on taking all the pictures with your bridal party and family members before hand too?  If you are taking all the pics as well as the “first look” I would suggest giving yourself an hour and a half to two hours.  If you are just taking the “first look” photos you would probably only need 30 minutes for those.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Finishing at 4:30 seems cutting it too close in my opinion in terms of guests arriving and etc, but then depending on the sunset time… isnt that about 5? omg are you getting married in the dark?

 

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