(Closed) Photographer want to take pics prior to ceramony

posted 10 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
200 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

That Seems really early in the morning to begin pictures and the lighting may not be the best, plus would you even be able to find a make-up artist/hair stylest to begin the process before 6:30am? I can’t imagine that it would be easy. 

We are having our cerimony later in the day and having pictures of the bridal parties taken before hand, and then after the cerimony, having the "us" pictures taken along with a few of the whole party together so the party doesn’t miss the whole "cocktail hour." We wanted to be surprised when we see each other for the first time at the alter. I would see if you could discuss other options with your photog as it seems very unreasonable that they want to begin this early. 

Post # 4
60 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2009

I think it has become a lot more common to do pics before the ceremony, but starting that early seems TOO early in the day. Our wedding is later afternoon, and I think we will do a "first look" to see each other before the ceremony and take some pics so that we can relax and have more time at the cocktail hour. Plus, I just want lots of photos!

Post # 5
228 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

Like emjoy said it is common to do pic’s with the bride and groom before the ceremony it saves time after the ceremony for all the group and family shots during cocktail hour. If you don’t want to see each other before the wedding then don’t see each other, you can still do getting ready shots and bride and bm shots. Getting make-up artists to come to you at 6 or 6:30 is possible and they do come out that early but they usually make you pay a fee. If you have alot of people in your bridal party that need to get hair and make-up your time frame is not going to work. So you have some options to think about. If you don’t want to do what your photog is suggesting then your going to have to figure something else out. Since your getting married early in the day try doing shots after the wedding or during the reception steal a short amount of time for bride and groom shots only while people are dancing or something. Don’t feel pressured to do anything, I think your photog is just trying to find time for pics but doesn’t realize it is almost impossible due to the time you get to get into the bridal suite. 

Post # 6
212 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

This pre-wedding photos v’s pre-reception photos is a big deal to me too. I’m counting on my walk down the ailse to be the climactic moment that brings my Fiance to tears so no Pre-wedding shoot for me! However, I want lots of pics too and I’m just gonna make my guests wait for us! Also, I love more candid photos anyway so I’d rather get group photos spontaneously during the reception time, as for Cocktail hour enjoyment, think after party instead? Just my thoughts….

Post # 7
3 posts

do wahtever your comfortable with, its your day.

Post # 8
2004 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

If it’s important to you not to see your Fiance before the ceremony, then don’t see him. Don’t let your photographer talk you into this. I did my group shots (just bridesmaids, just groomsmen, and each of us separately) before the ceremony (we didn’t see each other) and then we did photography shots together afterward with more group pics. It worked well for us. I can hardly imagine the light will make such a huge difference that you will want to lose that first-look moment at the ceremony.

Post # 9
121 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I am also having an early wedding. I have to admit I think 6:30 is pretty early. Will you be taking pictures in places that are far away from your ceremony site? We are planning to take some pictures beforehand at around 9am (I think) for about an hour and perhaps some after our receptions ends. 

Post # 10
135 posts
Blushing bee

Your photographer might have suggested that because early in the morning and late in the afternoon are some of the best times for photos due to the soft lighting. However, if your schedule doesn’t work with that or you wish not to see your Fiance until your walking down the aisle then make sure your photographer knows! More likely than not they’re probably just not aware of your situation. I’m sure you guys can find a good time to take group shots throughout the day.

In the asian community, we regularly start the day at 6:30am or earlier…and that’s for late afternoon weddings!

Post # 11
311 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

We had an 11:00 am ceremony, and started pictures at 9:00.  My hair/make-up artist came at 5:00 am and it worked out just fine – no extra charge for coming early.  We did most of the pictures before and then a few pictures during the cocktail hour.  The lighting was much better for our morning shots than the ones we took during cocktail hour.  If you want your first time seeing one another to be walking down the aisle, I would still recommend doing some pictures separately beforehand.

Post # 12
78 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

you are the one paying the photographer – tell him how you would like the schedule to run! and yes maybe the light is better in morning or evening, but in reality a good photographer should be able to make it work and to do post-processing to make the photos look better. JMO

Post # 13
20 posts
  • Wedding: May 2002

Oh no!  I can’t believe that!  I’m a photographer and I encourage almost every bride to get pictures before the Wedding, but that early is crazy!  You don’t want puffy eyes and the groggy feeling of just getting up.  Can you suggest that you get pictures before sunset since that is another golden time to get pictures?

Post # 15
471 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

If it helps any, I regret not having pictures with Darling Husband before the ceremony. I had always planned to do it since a lot of the hive regretted it and really recommended it. Last minute, I decided I didn’t want to, and now I totally regret it. I didn’t get as many cool shots as I wanted to. It’s very common for the bride and groom to see each other before the ceremony these days. Go for it if you are comfortable with it.

Post # 16
329 posts
Helper bee
  • V
  • 10 years ago

Is his contract for a # of hrs.? Has he double booked himself and is trying to push you to finish early??

If you don’t want pictures BEFORE the ceremony…DON’T GET THEM. He can take pictures of you getting ready and then go to your FIs to get pics of him getting ready.

If you wanna see your Fiance for the first time at the ceremony…stick to your guns. More ‘getting ready’ pictures can be taken by a family member/friend and a good camera. 

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