Planning a Photography Friendly Wedding Day

It’s been awhile since we’ve shared a wedding day education blog post, so we’re excited to be sharing this one and hope it will be helpful as you plan your wedding day with your photos in mind! In case you missed our previous posts, here’s a list of some you might enjoy!

The Secret to Stunning Getting Ready Photos

Six Outfit Tips For Your Engagement Session

The Benefits of Doing A First Look

The Importance of Videography on Your Wedding Day

Here’s a few things to think about in order to get the BEST photos possible on your wedding day!

Where is the sun?

If your ceremony is outside, think about where the sun is! For the best ceremony and recessional photos, it is best to have the sun behind the officiant or off to the side.

How much time before sunset?

If you do a first look, it is best to end your ceremony 1-1.5 hours before sunset. This allows for enough light to still take a family photos & a few “just married” photos afterwards! If you are not doing a first look, it is better to end your ceremony at least 2 hours before sunset to allow enough light for photos!

How much time is there for photos?

If you do a first look, it is best to have around 4 hours before the ceremony and 4 after! If you are not doing a first look, typically we need closer to 3 hours before and more time after. Without a first look we prefer to have 1-1.5 hours after the ceremony to do family photos, full bridal party, and bride & groom portraits.

What does the space look like outside and inside for photos?

Is there any greenery? Is there enough room to do a full bridal party photo? Are there windows? If your wedding venue property  is limited,  there is always the option of going to a location close by for photos that has a better variety of scenery!

Plan to be ready extra early.

One of the most common occurrences on wedding days: the bridesmaids aren’t quite ready when it’s time to start photos. Even though we can almost always make up time and get things back on track, it makes things so much easier to plan with your hair & make up artist to be ready ahead of  schedule!

Consider having an unplugged ceremony.

We will be there to capture all the important moments! We totally understand your guests love snapping a quick iphone photo to document the day, but we would encourage those photos to be taken at the reception so that we can capture all the moments of the ceremony!

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