(Closed) Torn about time allocation

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
263 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

First of all, YOU are the client. YOU get to decide the timeline, and how you want to do things. The photographer is probably just looking for suggestions as to where to take photos. Simply give him the timeline you just put here, and tell him you want to stick to that timeline, and that you are only allowing 30 minutes to take photos, since the reception will only last 3 hours, and you don’t want to miss it. You don’t have to do a first look if you don’t want to. 

If this photographer is a professional,  he should respect your wishes, and follow your instructions. If you have a list of group shots you want with your family, he can organize it better, and the photos will take less time.


Post # 4
1935 posts
Buzzing bee

It seems like your timeline is tight. For my wedding, we did do all the photos before the wedding and it took 3 hours. If you do the bridal party shots before the wedding and then do full bridal party. groom and bride and family photos after the ceremony i would budget  1.5 hours. In my experience the family photos took the longest… rounding people up, getting them to where they’re supposed to be – some were late, some forgot etc… I have a large family mind you..

Post # 5
739 posts
Busy bee

I think you need to figure out exactly what photos you DO want rather what you don’t want. Make a list of every single break-down you NEED. The smaller the list, the smaller the group the less time it takes for the photos. Then figure out what can be done before. Do you have two shooters so one takes care of bride the other groom? What hubby and I recommend is separate wedding photos of wedding party and families before the wedding, once big family set up with both sides of the family, each family with B+G, three different full wedding party shots {not usually different locations, just poses} and the rest B+G in however much time we have left, usually about 45 min.

Post # 6
344 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

It’s so up to you! Just make sure you realize just how few photos can be taken in 30 minutes. As well, if for some reason your wedding goes off schedule you have very little wiggle room to work with. If posed photos are just not your priority, let him know that. I personally ask couples for 90 minutes in total. But I really enjoy relaxed, fun sessions and time crunches don’t foster that. But i wont book any less than a full day wedding. It sounds like you have limited time to work with so use it the way you want. 


Post # 7
1105 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I would make a timeline, and give it to her in advance. Explain what pcictures are MOST important to you so she makes sure to get those. 


Also, you sound like me.. I have everything down to the minute; however, remember that if something happens and you guys start late, etc. you will be making that 30minutes of picture time with the bridal party into 20.. or whatever. I would count on starting at least 10 minutes late and give yourself that extra time. In my opinion, I wouldnt “plan” on being announced until 730, they can always do it early if need be.. or you can get some well needed alone time with your Fiance, which I would recommend. 

Post # 8
1733 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I think your timeline is tight but fine — with the caveat that I would do family pictures (you with yours, him with his) before the ceremony. You won’t see each other, which is your preference, but you’ll have taken some of the burden off of the family photo time afterwards. I would also say that if you’re going to be that tight, you will want to really think about the most time-efficient way to get those family photos done, and then to review with your family where they’ll need to be. Nothing will eat up your time faster than having to go corral Aunt Biddy so that she can be in the shot. 

Clarify with your photographer what, precisely, you are interested in having — which seems like a modest number of good photos in a minimum number of locations, and then the freedom to enjoy your party.

Post # 9
10366 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Doing a first look doesn’t mean “Schlep around to various sites in a hot dress in June to get hundreds of photographs”. You can make it as involved or not involved as you want.

Our first look/photo session was my favorite part of the whole day. But, to each their own. If you want any photos at all with family or you and your husband, I think you should add an hour of coverage.

Post # 10
1314 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

It’s your wedding – all the photographers care about are meeting your expectations.  We want to make sure you’re not upset with us for the quantity and content delivered.

Also for the record – first looks in my experience are 100% more emotional and poignant than the walking down the aisle experience. I’ve never had a single couple regret it, and I’ve been shooting full time since 2008.

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