Last week during our timeline series we talked about everything that happens on a wedding morning. And today? Today, we’re going to talk about all those photos we take BEFORE the wedding ceremony!
First thing, yes you are going to want to take photos before the ceremony. Even if you are not doing a first look, you will want to at least take individual Bride/Groom images, and Bridesmaids/Groomsmen photos before the ceremony. This will allow us to capture as much as possible, helping the day not feel as rushed. The last thing you want is to feel rushed, stressed, and worried about not getting all the photos you want. And a well-planned timeline and professional photographer are how we are going to escape those feelings.
So, with that said. It is time for the million dollar question. How much time do you really need for pre-ceremony photos? The example below will be with a first look. But if that’s not for you, and you are a Theresa Bridget Bride, no worries–we help you come up with a custom timeline!
For a first look, we like to schedule 30 minutes. We have found that 30 minutes for a first look and a few bride and groom images is the perfect amount of time. This won’t cover all of your bride and groom images, we like to reserve about 30 minutes after the ceremony for those too. So the 30 minutes is for what we like to call the first look and ‘money shot’. The ‘money shot’ are those smiling looking at the camera images that everyone will print! We also take a few romantics too so that we have a good selection of couple images to start. Also, this time includes setting up the first look as well.
After the first look, we bring everyone in your wedding party together for some of those great shots with all your closest friends. These take about 15 minutes total. During those 15 minutes, we get a mixture of posed shots and candids.
Once we have captured some great images of everyone together, the girls will all go with Theresa and the guys will get to hang out with Greg some more. This is a HUGE benefit of us being a husband and wife team. Rather than taking an hour for these photos, we can do them in half the time! During this time we make it a priority to not only take group photos but to also get a photo of the Bride with each bridesmaid (and groom with each groomsman). These people mean so much to you, so we try to capture as many photos with them as possible. Just like with wedding party images, we capture a mixture of candid and posed, so that you have a variety of images.
After we finish up with
We like to find the best places to stand, finding the best areas where light is coming through, and coming up with a plan with the videographer. This setup time allows us to confidently capture each and every ceremony!
I can’t believe this is already part three of the ceremony series! Next week we will cover everything from the ceremony to family pictures, so be sure to check back!
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