(Closed) When toTake Wedding Pictures?

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
1920 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

This really depends on what time your wedding is and the time you have between ceremony and reception. If you don’t have much time then you might consider doing a first look and geting most of your pics done before the ceremony. If you’ve got a long break between ceremony and reception then you can do pics after ceremony. Where I’m from there is usually that typical 3 hour break between ceremony and reception so couples always do pics in that time.

Post # 4
42 posts


First question you should ask yourself is: “do we want to see each other before the ceremony?”

Pros: relaxed portrait session, often easier on the wedding group (and photog). If the photographer organizes this properly, it can be a very personal and intimate moment to share with one another (great photo potential).

Cons: The ceremony looses a bit of thrill. I’ve seen this in the pictures before. The bride and groom aren’t busting with energy and enthusiasm as some non-first lookers.

Second question is: what kind of photography do we like?

If you need tons of group photos (family, wedding party, etc.) I’d recommend a first look. If you are looking for spontaneity in the photos, and group photos are less important, do it afterward, and invest in a good photojournalist.

-Christopher Schall



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