(Closed) Time Frame for pics?

posted 4 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
1332 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Prettysmile40:  Depends on the type of pictures you want (and how many), and if you are going to do a first look with your Fiance…

If you are getting individual family pictures, plus some bride/bridesmaids one before the ceremony, I would allot at minimum an hour pre-ceremony.  If you are doing first look pictures, and family formals, and bridal party pictures, I would allot at minimum 2-3 hours pre-ceremony.  Then, post-ceremony, focus on pictures with just you and your Darling Husband (approximately an hour).  Or, again, if you guys are not seeing one another, then post-ceremony allot 2-3 hours for combined family formals, combined bridal pics, and pics of you and your Darling Husband.

Below was my timeline in the ‘hours’ you would want your photographer:

Two hours before our ceremony (with NO first look), my photog got pics of groom/groomsmen getting ready, me getting dresses, my dad and I’ first look, and some of me and my maids.

Ceremony was 40 minutes, and he took pics thru that.

Three hours POST-ceremony, we did our limited family formals, which still took an hour (grandparents, parents, bride side, groom side, and then combined), a lot of my Darling Husband and I in ‘couples’ shots, and us and our bridal party formals.  

Total time was 6 hours.  I think we could have maybe cut an hour off the post-ceremony pics if we had not driven to different locations.  So, I would say minimum of 5…

And, most will not require you to purchase an album, but will offer it to you as a seperate charge.  Good luck!

Post # 4
1332 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Prettysmile40:  If the photog has to travel to and from locations, such as pre-ceremony with you and your soon to be Darling Husband (dear husband :)), then I would still allot an hour (at minimum for those pictures). Then post-ceremony with combined families (albeit it since they are smaller, they should go fast), you guys and your MOH/best man, and just you guys, I would still say about two hours (if there is not travel time needed?!).  

Here is the thing, photographers you hire should be able to give you a timeline they feel they will need to accomplish what you want, and then from there, I would trust that they are telling you that so that they can provide you their best work.  My awesome photographer told me that his fave clients gave him 2 things:  1) time and 2) trust.  Time to get great shots, and trust that he knew what he was doing.  I loved working with him!! So definitely follow their lead too!

Post # 6
1576 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Making your own album is very very time consuming and frustrating at times. But if you’re on a budget, it’s certainly worth the savings. You can tell the difference between a professional album and a over-the-internet album, but when money is tight, those differences are not worth the cost.

For timing, you should budget for:

Arrival Time

10mins: set up

20mins: detail pics of rings, invite, flowers, dress (or less depending on how artsy they are)

1hr: Pics of you, sis and parents

????: travel to ceremony

1hr: Ceremony

10mins: travel

1hr: Family Pics and Bride/Groom Pics


Add more or less time as you see fit. But that’s probably a good place to start from.


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