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Creative Wedding Photographers Saratoga Springs NY | Jeffrey House Photography

Creative wedding photographers Saratoga Springs, NY.  Discover how a great wedding photography timeline can make your wedding an amazing event!

creative wedding photographers saratoga springs, ny

 

Discover How To Create An Amazing Wedding Photography Timeline

 

Every bride and every wedding has different needs.  

We are Creative Wedding Photographers In Saratoga Springs, NY and there are some ideal time frames you will need to consider when planning your big day.  Some parts of the timeline may seem long on paper, but it's essential to keep a few things in mind:

1.  Most weddings run behind schedule

2.  Time moves rapidly on the wedding day

3.  We keep the photo sessions fun and interactive, so it will feel much faster

4.  We will ensure you have ample time to enjoy your party

 

The Details (Dress, Shoes, Jewelry, Accessories, & Other Details)

Ideal Time Allotment:  30 minutes

Ideal Time of Day:  Prior to wedding ceremony

Ideal Location:  Bridal suite

Professional Advice:  At least 30 minutes is ideal for capturing still photographs of important details.  We often have to account for additional time to move the details to more aesthetic locations due to crowded hotel rooms or locations that aren't as appealing, but it's well worth the extra effort.  

Preparation

Ideal Time Allotment:  45 minutes

Ideal Time of Day:  Prior to wedding ceremony

Ideal Location:  Bridal Suite

Professional Advice:  45 minutes is ideal for the bride "getting ready" photos.  During this time we can capture close ups of hair and makeup being applied, and candid moments.  These are often some of the most emotional and treasured photographs from the day, so you don't want to cut them short.  

Bridal Portraits

Ideal Time Allotment:  30 - 45 minutes

Ideal Time of Day:  After the bride finishes getting ready and prior to the wedding ceremony

Ideal Location:  Aesthetic on-site location

Professional Advice:  Immediately following getting ready is the ideal time for bridal portraits.  You will look and feel incredible, and they day hasn't gotten hectic yet.  We can take our time and create those beautiful bridal portraits.  

Wedding Party

Ideal Time Allotment:  45-60 minutes

Ideal Time of Day:  Prior to or immediately following the ceremony

Ideal Location:  Church, empty venue garden (if outdoors, shaded areas with natural light)

Professional Advice:  If couples are having a pre-ceremony first look, it's common to capture the wedding party photos prior to the ceremony.  This will ultimately reduce the amount of time required for pictures following the ceremony, so you can spend more time with family and friends.

Formal Portraits

Ideal Time Allotment:  45 minutes

Ideal Time of Day:  Prior to or immediately following the ceremony

Ideal Location:  Church, empty venue, venue garden (if outdoors shaded areas with natural light)

Professional Advice:  On average, it will take approximately 3 minutes per photograph for each group.  For example, if you have 10 different groups, it will take approximately 30 minutes to complete the photos.  These photographs typically include just immediate family - parents, grandparents, siblings, and children.

reception Details

Ideal Time Allotment:  30 minutes

Ideal Time of Day:  Between the ceremony and reception, but following the portrait sessions

Ideal Location:  Reception Site

Professional Advice:  It's important that we have a solid 20-30 minutes to photograph the reception site prior to any guests being seated and disturbing the table settings and/or other details.  We want to ensure we capture the best scene possible for your reception site and detail photographs.  

Couples Session

Ideal Time Allotment:  45 minutes - 1 hour

Ideal Time of Day:  Prior to or following the ceremony (depending on when you have the first look)

Ideal Location:  Venue, garden, park, hotel lobby, etc.

Professional Advice:  We want to set aside a good 45 minutes to 1 hour to photograph your couple session.  Ideally, the best time to take the photographs is 30-45 minutes before sunset.  The lighting is soft, romantic, and beautiful.  These photographs are usually the most desired images by couples and they are often displayed on the walls of your home, so it's critical to allot enough time for this session.  Lastly, we recommend setting aside an additional 20-30 minutes for a "sneak-out" session to capture some unique night portraits.

Other Details

This timeline accounts for the majority of weddings, however, your wedding may have additional details or events that require adjustments to these or other time allotments.  We will be happy to review these situations with you and provide our professional opinions where needed.