Post # 1
Hi all! I don’t know why, but when it comes to the photography timeline, i feel like our day is rushed! We have our photographer for 8 hours, and we’re doing a first look, but I still feel like we aren’t going to get enough of the “fun” pictures with our bridal party. Anyone else get freaked out by the timeline? How early is “TOOOO early” to put your gown on before a 5:30 p.m. ceremony? the darn thing is hot, and it’s hot outside so I dont’ want to ruin hair and makeup, as well, we only have our photographer for x number of hours…help?! this is one of the only things I’m panicing about!
Post # 3
Pick what the most important pictures are for you, and then make sure you schedule your photographer at a time so you’ll get them. It was really important to my husband and I that we had photos from the entire wedding (ceremony through end), so we worked backwards. I had initially wanted “getting ready” photos, but those had to be reduced to “getting dressed” photos — and I don’t regret it at all since some of our best photos were from the very end of the night.
So — if you want fun pictures with the bridal party, take some time off the end. There’s no right way to do it… just do what makes the most sense for you!
Post # 4
out of the 945 pictures we got back i am disapointed. i had lists of photos i wanted but things happened lists and timelins got thrown out. in the end of the day i married an amazing man and not even an er visit could ruin that.
Post # 5
8 hours is pretty normal. Weddings are organic, and while I love it when there is a good plan and direction to the day you have to let go a little. If your expectation is that everything has to go according to the minute you will be in for a disappointment. Photography is about what you capture, and if you focus on what you perceived has been missed you are guaranteed to be unhappy no matter how great what the moments that were captured are.
@jennicole01: I disagree a bit on the working backwards notion. I think it’s best to work forwards and capture the beginning stages because those moments are usually more poignant. Time can always be added. Your photographer won’t stay for free likely, but I don’t know of anyone in the business who is going to turn down an additional hour or two. I usually tell people to play that part by ear unless there are definite events planned at the very end. Some receptions rock until the very very end, and some fizzle out. That can be played by ear.
Post # 6
Thank you Continuum! I keep telling myself that I want to let go…and honestly I LOVE our photographer, so I’m not sure why I’m so concerned. I guess i realize that once the ceremony is over and the dances have taken place etc. then it’s all candids. and while I love candids, I want to make sure we capture a lot of photos of just the groom and I, in the light, before the drinking (and melting hair and makeup) begin. 🙂 I’m thinking of adding another hour to the end just to be safe…
Post # 7
@caradcollins: Just make sure you schedule enough time for it and you’ll be fine. I typically don’t get enough time for portraits. We prefer about an hour, we usually get about 15-30 minutes. Not everyone has the patience for them, or is willing to miss that much of the party. Just depends on how your priorities fall, but I’m sure your photographer will love more time for portraits.