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WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY TIMELINE BREAK DOWN

 

it is hard to pinpoint an exact wedding photography timeline template. However, there are ideal time frames you should consider when planning your day. Some of these times may seem long on paper but keep in mind that the day will fly by, most weddings run slightly behind schedule, and  we will make these photo sessions fun so that it will not seem like a long time. If you would like you can see a sample timeline here.


RINGS, DRESS, SHOES, AND OTHER DETAILS

 Approximate Time  – 30 minutes
 Best Location – Bridal Suite or Hotel Suite
Thoughts – Having at least 30 minutes for details ensures that I have plenty of time to get that perfect photo of the dress, rings, shoes, bouquets, and the other details of the day.
There are times when a hotel room is too crowded or simply unappealing; we have to take the dress all the way down to the lobby or even outside. This can take some time, but as you can see from the results, it’s well worth the additional work.


PREPARATION

Approximate Time  – 60 minutes
Best Location – Bridal Suite or Hotel Suite
Thoughts – Having an hour of preparation would be best. During this time, we are getting close ups of the makeup and hair being applied as well as the candid moments and the bridesmaids and groomsmen get ready for the day. Keep in mind that these are some of the most emotional and fun times of the day, and I want to capture the story of your whole day.


INDIVIDUAL PORTRAITS

Approximate Time – 30 minutes
Best Location – Bridal Suite, Hotel Suite, Venue Lobby, or Venue Garden
Thoughts – Right after getting ready is the best time for individual portraits of the bride and groom (separately). Besides makeup and hair being completely fresh, the day has not gotten hectic yet so we can take our time and get those perfect portraits.
Also, keep in mind that the window lighting in most hotel rooms creates a unique look that can’t be duplicated in any environment throughout the rest of the day.


FIRST LOOK 

Approximate Time – 30-45 minutes
Best Location – Venue Garden, Empty Venue Hallway (shaded areas with natural light)
Thoughts – The first look should be around 15-30 minutes. During this time, the bride and groom see each other for the first time on the wedding day. While the actual first look might only be 5-10 minutes, the rest of the time is spent on portraits of the bride and groom.


WEDDING PARTY PHOTOS

 

Approximate Time – 15-30 minutes
Best Location -Venue Lobby, Venue Garden, Beach, Park, First look Location
Thoughts – Wedding Party Photos should be around 15 minutes to 30 minutes. During this time, we get a variety of shots in a variety of poses. We start off with the basic, classic photos focused on great expressions and lighting.
Then we move into a set of fun and creative shots. Finally, we know how much your wedding party means to you, so we are sure to get pictures with you and each one of your bridesmaids or groomsmen individually.


IMMEDIATE FAMILY

 

Approximate Time– 15-30 minutes
est Location -Ceremony location, first look location
Thoughts – Immediate Family Photos should take another 15-30 minutes. It is important to have additional images with your parents, grandparents, and siblings beyond the basic formal (mentioned in the section below).
Plan on 2 minutes per group on average.  For example, if you have 10 groups, schedule in a 20-minute time slot.
We all know how much weddings mean to the immediate family, and we want to make sure we are capturing enough pictures with them.


CEREMONY DETAIL AND VENUE

Approximate Time – 15 minutes
Ideal Time of the Day – Morning or Afternoon
Thoughts – Please allow 15 minutes to take pictures of the ceremony site, completely set up with no guests or vendors in the area.
Before you have the guests seated, 


FORMALS (EXTENDED FAMILY, IMMEDIATE FAMILY, AND FRIENDS)


Approximate Time– 15-45 minutes
Best Location – Ceremony Site
Thoughts – Formals should take around 15 minutes to 45 minutes depending on the size of your family and the number of guests.
Plan on 2 minutes per group on average.  For example, if you have 10 groups, schedule in a 20 minute time slot.
Some couples have decided that they want a picture with all guests while others have decided that they only want pictures with select VIPs to save time. We recommend something in between.
Throughout the planning process, we will work together to create a very organized list of groups and helpers from each side of the family to help round people up.


COUPLES PHOTOS

 

Approximate Time– 30 -45 minutes
Best Location – Venue Garden, Beach, Hotel Lobby, Park
Thoughts – Couple Photos should be around 30-45 minutes and should take place ideally 30 to 45 minutes before sunset. The is the best time for the lighting.
It also allows us to capture the excellent scenic shots with colorful skies. If your wedding is in downtown or an area with tall buildings, it is not as important for us to have this particular time frame
However, if you booked your venue because of the spectacular view of the ocean or the beautiful vines in the winery, it is essential to follow this your timeline.


RECEPTION DETAIL AND VENUE

 

Approximate Time– 15 minutes
Thoughts – Please allow 15 minutes to take pictures of the reception room, completely set up with no guests or vendors in the area.
Similar to the ceremony details, this is the only opportunity we have to capture the beauty of the reception room prior to guest arrival.


COUPLES SESSION – RECEPTION SNEAK OUT

 

Approximate Time– 15-20 minutes
Thoughts – During the reception, please plan on sneaking out for a couple of night shots. I only need 15-20 minutes, as I understand the importance of being a good host. However, this time is important if you appreciate the night photography that I deliver. The ideal time for this is right after you grab a bite to eat or during the open floor dancing after you have danced a few songs and would like a break.  


OTHER THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND

Table Shots – Table shots are when you go around visiting tables. There are two options for photography during this time. (1) You can take formal pictures with each of these tables or (2) we can simply focus on photojournalism, capturing the smiles and hugs as you mingle with each table. If you are planning on doing formal table shots, please keep in mind that these will take about 3-5 minutes per table.  For example, 20 tables would require 60-100 minutes of time.

Things to Remember

 

HIRE EXPERIENCED PROFESSIONALS

 This will be your one and only wedding, but for professionals in the industry, we’ve had experience in dealing with many difficult situations. We can help you calm your nerves.


HIRE VENDORS YOU LIKE

 If you’ve been in a bridal party, you know that a bride and groom spend a majority of their wedding with their vendors. Like choosing the friends you want by your side on your wedding day, you want to choose vendors whose company you enjoy, whom you trust, and who will help your day be more fun and less stressful, rather than the other way around.

 
WHATS IMPORTANT

 Determine What’s Important: There are so many traditions and timelines and faux pas that at some point, the wedding industry decided we all have to accommodate and include when planning our nuptial celebration. From cake cutting to first dances to garters and bouquets to party favors. Lets be real– none of these things are detrimental to the real purpose of the day (for you and your babe to get married!) but they can certainly add an element of fun, but only if they mean something to you. To make this process more focused and meaningful,  It is your day, and you and your fiancé get to choose what is a priority :) Let those things get the majority of the wedding budget, time and effort, and if there’s room for the other stuff, great! However, focus on the stuff you are excited about first, and then see what else you feel like fitting in 


PERSONALIZE YOUR WEDDING

Personalize your wedding: The beautiful thing about the wedding industry evolving is that weddings are becoming so unique and a chance for the couples to express their personal style. Think about what is special and meaningful to you and your fiancé as a couple. Make your wedding memorable by staying authentic to who you two are as a couple :)


ONSITE COORDINATOR

Coordinator: A lot of venues come with on-site coordinators. Make sure you know their role and what they are doing day of. Ensure that the coordinator has met your photographer, videographer, DJ, and caterer on the day of so that everyone is on the same page regarding the timeline and who is responsible for what. If you do not have an on-site coordinator, consider hiring a day-of coordinator to take care of all the details and to help things go smoothly. The last thing you want to be doing on your wedding day is working ;)


DELEGATE TASKS

 I do not know who you are, but I guarantee you are loved by many people! Many brides have trouble delegating tasks, either because we have a very specific vision and trust we will execute it best, or because we do not want to trouble our friends and family. However, people that love you want to help! Think about the close people in your life and their specific strengths and ask if they will take that task off your hands. Likewise, don’t expect every bridesmaid or family member to be as helpful as the next. Different people have different strengths! One friend may be able to single-handedly coordinate the entire event, while another may be better suited to do the penmanship on the invites, while another yet may be in charge of keeping you fed all day. Whatever it is, embrace the strengths of the people closest to you, and let them be helpful in the ways that they can.


AVOID STRESS

 Get Things Done In Advance: Booking “big” stuff such a coordinator and photographer right away will help you feel productive. What stresses us out is the little things—the details. We’re bound to have hiccups during the engagement process, but keeping up and working as a team with your fiancé will help the sanity ;)


THE REAL REASON

 Weddings are one day…marriage is what’s forever.  It is not about the process of getting married, it’s about the fact that at the end of the day you will “be married,” and that is what is really beautiful. Your weddings should be a reflection of our individual styles and an expression of how you feel about your partner, friends, and family. Soak up the day and take a lot of mental snapshots- it goes by quickly. But if you make it truly “you,” , it will be the most special, magical and glorious day of your life!

First Look

If I were to give one piece of advice to a couple it would be to STRONGLY consider doing a First Look.

What’s a First Look? It’s when the bride and groom see each other before the ceremony, have a few moments alone, and get portraits done before-hand. There are several ways to do this, but a lot of the time, the groom will go away from the craziness and get set up in a certain location and the bride will then come to him and either tap on his shoulder or say his name for him to turn around, or they’ll close their eyes and face each other and do the big reveal together..you get the idea..Why do I recommend this? Because weddings go by SO fast, I feel like it’s the one time the couple can slow down and be alone together (photographers should be very photojournalistic during this time, and let the couple have their moment before insisting on any poses or anything like that). It’s such a special moment—I’ve seen couples pray together, say their vows or affirm each other, exchange gifts.. It’s awesome! Doing a First Look really frees you up and allows you to relax during cocktail hour or mingle with your guests. If you’re having a lot of friends and family coming in from out of state, this is definitely something you’ll want to consider. Most importantly, you want to feel like your married. You don’t want a photographer or a coordinator rushing you along in order to keep you on time. You want your day to be enjoyable and smooth and for that, getting as much done before hand is ALWAYS helpful. Most importantly, this private moment alone really sets the tone for the rest of the day, calms nerves, and gives the couple a chance to connect before the moment they are standing at the altar together. I totally get the tradition of waiting until the bride walks down the aisle..but if you’re prone to stress or anxiety especially, the First Look can be a calming and tone-setting alternative..

But I will say, you should have the wedding you’ve always envisioned and no photographer, coordinator, officiant or family member should pressure you into doing anything you don’t want. If a First Look isn’t something that interests you and your fiance, hakuna matata!

GENERAL WEDDING ADVICE

THINK ABOUT THE SMALL THINGS

Think about the Small Things-Help your photographer out by trying your best to be mindful of the setting of your photos. A good photographer and videographer can make any space look beautiful, but help them out by removing as many obstacles as possible. Here are three really easy ways to do that:

EAT AND DRINK

Don’t Forget To Eat And Drink: When we are stressed and busy, we forget to eat. Make sure your bridesmaids are bringing you water and checking in on you to make sure you are at least snacking all day, or else it will catch up to you. If you’re worried about missing out on special moments or not getting the chance to see everyone, keep in mind, that you’ll be fed first, and that when you’re done eating, the guests will still be sitting at their table, and you and your husband can visit each table and greet all of your guests. Don’t rush! Enjoy your meal! You certainly paid enough for it

SHARE YOUR TIMELINE

 Share the timeline: Send your timeline to your photographer, videographer, coordinator, bridal party and immediate family. Make sure your friends and family know when to be ready for photos and the ceremony.

HAVE A HAND OVER  PERSON

I know this sounds corporate, to have a hand over meeting. However, if you have an offbeat wedding, you may need to pass the reins over to someone else earlier than you think you need to. In most of our cases, we have someone in our lives we can trust and who has been part of the planning process with you every step of the way.  However, they were still sort of on the periphery until the day you sit down with them (about two weeks before the wedding) and go through a very detailed, exhaustive document with all your thoughts about how the day will run.

TAKE A MOMENT

Take a moment during your reception to go to the corner of your wedding venue and watch everyone you love celebrating your union!

 

Hair & Makeup Trial

 You want to look like the best version of yourself on your wedding day! It breaks my heart when my brides don’t feel drop dead gorgeous and confident. Make sure to schedule a consultation with your hair and makeup artist before your wedding and work out the kinks to make sure you look exactly how you want. Keep in mind that even if the makeup feels cakey and more dramatic than the way you usually wear it, it will photograph well.

The night before check list

shoes
jewelry
clutch
perfume
something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue
Pack flats for the reception.
deodorant
toothpaste
toothbrush
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several hard copies of your wedding day timeline
your marriage license
notes and archivists for wedding party and family members
notes for your toast and browse
vendor payments placed in envelopes
your announcements and invitations to be photographed
an overnight bag
a music playing device
you're getting ready outfit
comfortable shoe
a big bottle of water
non-plastic hanger for your dress shot.

Advice for the groom

it is a good idea for the groom to discuss expectations for behavior.

We all have that one friend that on occasion might drink too much or buddy that gets a little to forward with bridesmaids. It all way a good idea to have a talk the mood and atmosphere you want at your wedding

Get a Manicure

Your hands will be on display a lot on your wedding day, so you might want to consider giving them the proper attention prior to the big day. Schedule a simple manicure to make sure your hands and nails look their best for displaying your new wedding ring.

Consider Your Tan

Chances are your bride is going to have a beautiful glowing tan on the wedding day, and the last thing you want is to look pasty and dull standing next to her. You do not need to go out to visit the tanning beds, but you might want to consider finding a high-quality self-tanner or bronzer to apply before the big day. You will want to give whatever product you choose a trail run before the actual wedding day, so you do not end up overdoing it with the self-bronzer. A subtle tan can make all the difference in your wedding pictures.


Do NOT Go All Out the Night Before

You may be tempted to have one last celebration with all your best friends but do so with caution. Have a glass or two of wine or champagne at your rehersal and even head out for a few celebratory drinks for your last night of bachelorhood, but remember you will be paying the consequence the next day if you over do it. If you wake up with a hangover the next morning, you better have some aspirin and plenty of water on hand to be at your best when it's time for the ceremony.


Set an Alarm

The most overlooked wedding day advice for the groom is simply making sure you set the alarm, especially if you have an early morning or afternoon ceremony scheduled. This is one day you will not want to oversleep, so if needed, have your best man or other groomsmen make sure you are up at a certain time.


Eat a Good Breakfast

You want to make sure you are fueled for your big day, and since you may not have the opportunity to eat much in between the getting ready and ceremony, you do not want to skip out on breakfast. Even if you never eat breakfast any other day, this is one day you want to make an exception. Nerves can get the best of you, and with an empty stomach the effects can be unpleasant, and you surely don’t want the grumbling of your stomach interrupting the most important moments of the ceremony.


Have a Clean Shave

If you are going to shave the day of your wedding, then do not do it first thing when you wake up. The skin of the face can be quite puffy early in the morning, so you want to give it time to get back to normal. It is highly recommended, however, that you have a professional shave done, this eliminates any accidents you might have from your nervous hands.

Send the Bride a Gift

On the morning of your wedding, you want to have something special planned for your bride. A small gift that can be sent to your bride with one of your groom’s men. Jewelry is a great idea but just make sure it matches the rest of what she plans on wearing. You should also include a sweet note that lets her know how honored and excited you are to become her husband. This wedding day advice for the groom is one that will help reduce some of the stress and nervousness the bride may be feeling.


Dress in Your Best

This is not just referring to the tux, tie, and cufflinks. You should be wearing your best of everything from your socks to your underwear! Your bride is surely wearing her best of everything so you might want to consider returning the favor.


Know Where the Rings Are

While you will not be the one holding onto the rings, it is never a bad idea to make sure whoever is responsible for holding it is with it. Before you leave for the ceremony and even once you arrive at the ceremony, make sure you know where the rings are. The last thing you want is to have to delay the start of the ceremony because the rings were accidentally left at another location.


Know the Schedule

As the groom, you need to make sure you know where to be and when to do one thing, so you will want to make sure you know the order of events that will be taking place on the wedding day. From the start of the day to the post-ceremony pictures to when the toasts begin and when to cut the cake, you do not want to keep asking your new wife what is supposed to be happening next.

Stay Hydrated with Water

While one or two beers before the ceremony can be OK to help combat your nerves you do not want to be stumbling into the ceremony venue on your big day. The best wedding day advice for the groom is that you should stay hydrated with plenty of water, and this goes for the entire day. Yes, you can sip on some champagne during the reception, but you do not want to overdo it. The last thing you want is to remember your wedding day as a huge blur of events and not to mention the hangover you will suffer from on the next day. 

Wedding day Emergency kit

Stay ahead of any wedding day mishaps by putting together an emergency kit that you can keep close at hand throughout your ceremony and reception. All that’s to it is knowing what to put in it to handle any accidents or oversight’s that pop up on the big day. Then find some sort of handy tote to stash somewhere out of the way but where you can always get to it.

Granola bars
tampons
dryer sheets
razors
Advil
facial wipes
sanitizer
sunscreen
nail file
Pepto-Bismol
Band-Aids
mints
lint roller
cotton balls
Q-tips
sewing kit
chapstick
safety pins
superglue
hairspray
baby powder
tissues
bobby pins
tweezers
scissors
eyedrops
floss
hair pins
clear nail polish
mouthwash
body spray
deodorant
toothpaste
toothbrush
wet wipes
pens
paper
nail clippers
eyedrops
static guard
bleach pens
wrinkle releaser

Prep your bridal prep area

 As you start the wedding day prep, there’s a good chance you’ll be getting your hair and makeup done when I arrive, so I don’t want to bother you with questions day-of. As a result, can you assign a bridesmaid to show me where the items you would like photos of.  

Examples are:
Wedding dress, Wedding shoes, Garter, Jewelry, Purse, Perfume, Personalized hanger, Wedding invitation, Wedding rings Bouquet, Note/gift for the groom, Handkerchief, Sentimental items (if applicable) 

It might be easier for you to arrange these items in a corner of a room, so the bridesmaid can simply point me to them and you can rest assured everything will be documented. Lastly, as your bridesmaids are dressing, can you ask them to keep the room tidy and clean? I know it can be hard with so many people getting ready, but having a clean and open space for you to dress in would be ideal and ensure you get gorgeous photos as a result! I’ll be there to help on the wedding day, but if everyone works together, I have no doubt you’ll
be very happy!


 

The day before your wedding

 Its the day before your wedding I know You've been crossing off one thing after another on your wedding to-do lists, but now as the day approaches in less than 48 hours, most brides are focused on the big details for the big day. So I thought I would offer a day before wedding checklist of some of the small things you might forget and will help your day go much smoother. 

 

 


1. Eat a healthy meal.
Stick to the fresh fruit and the whole grains. They won't have you waking up with a food hangover like a Big Mac and a side of fries will on your wedding day.

2. Pack a bag or clutch of personal items.
Put together your reception clutch and your post-reception bag and hand it off to your wedding point person, who can help make sure it's waiting for you in the bridal suite or your hotel room.

3. Drink a lot of water.
Keep a cold glass of water nearby and make sure you spend some quality time with it. This will help you avoid any dehydration that stress and running around can often cause.

4. Get a good night's sleep.
Or at least try to tuck yourself underneath those covers at a decent hour.

5. Turn your phone on silent.
Say goodbye to checking Facebook and answering frantic text messages. Turn your chunky device on silent and get some rest.

6. Put any boxes, suitcases, bags to bring to the ceremony or reception in the car. 
Pack the car with all the items you'll need for your wedding day so that you can wake up in the morning and not have to worry about doing any heavy lifting before getting out of the door.

7. Cash on hand. 
Have a couple of 20 dollar bills nearby in case you need to tip any of your vendors or in the event of any last-minute emergencies.

8. Payment for vendors. 
Have them sorted out whether that means you've scheduled payments via PayPal or gather checks and cash and put them in clearly marked envelopes and hand them off to your point person for the wedding day (whether that's your wedding planner, bridesmaid, or trusty uncle).

9. Gather a survival kit. 
Toss a bunch of must-have items into a small tote bag in case anyone needs them. Grab a handful of Band-Aids, safety pins, packets of Advil, and of course hair ties.

10. Print out a list of vendor details.
Be sure to include vendor info. Like their phone number, arrival time, and name. Then, pass this list on to your point person so they can check up on them.

11. Write a love note to your groom.
Something short and sweet. Reminding the guy who will be waiting for you in a freshly-cleaned tux that they are the love of your entire life.

12. Grab a pair of flip flops. 
Keep these close by; you'll want to change into them throughout your wedding day — whether after the morning photos are taken or in the middle of the reception. Your feet are going to need a time-out before you do!

13. Watch something that'll make you laugh.
In the spirit of putting yourself in a happy and enlightened mood, plop yourself down in front of some funny YouTube videos or search for your favorite RomCom on Netflix.

14. Eat a Snack Before You Put Your Dress On 
We don’t want any fainting around here! Sometimes weddings get so busy that couples don’t even have time to eat at their dinner, so it’s important to have a snack in case you don’t have time to eat later. In fact, you’ll probably be hungry after the wedding is all over too. You can ask the caterer to pack you an extra meal for later, so you have something to take back with you to the hotel room.

15. Assign someone to be your morning-after person.
This person's role will be to collect all the gifts at the end of the wedding and do one final sweep of the venue when the party is over to make sure you didn't leave anything behind.

16. Say a big "thank you."
Before the wedding day chaos kicks in, be sure to thank people in advance for sticking by your side through this adventure. Give an extra hug to your bridesmaids and pop a kiss on the cheeks of your family members.

17. Make sure the shoe fits.
Even better, make sure you practice walking a straight line in them. After that, turn the volume up on your favorite song and bust out some dance moves. This will help you not only relieve some stress, but it'll make you see your threshold for when your shoes are going to start throwing a temper tantrum on your feet.

18. Confirm with vendors. 
There's a time and a place for everything. Make sure your outside vendors know when and where to show up. Now's the time to also let them know the name and phone number of your "point person" that day.

19. Practice deep yoga-like breaths.
End the day before your wedding with 5-minutes of meditation and deep breaths. This will help calm you down before you hop into bed for the last time as a Ms.


20.Hold Hands During Your Ceremony – This is probably a super weird tip, right? Sometimes people forget to tell you these things, but it looks super awkward during your ceremony photos if you are standing 5 feet apart and not touching somehow. To encourage the little giggles, small glances, and romance during the ceremony make sure you hold hands together.

21. Don’t Worry About Time – Really! I’ll keep us on schedule as much as possible, but your job is to enjoy your day. If that means things run a little late because you’re having a great time, then don’t worry about it!

The wedding day time line

Based on my years as a wedding photographer, I feel confident estimating how much time I’ll need for aspects of the day, but to ensure we’re on the same page, here’s a breakdown of what I’ll need to document everything perfectlywith a sample timeline of a wedding day with a 5:00pm ceremony.
 


60 minutes - Bride/Groom Prep (I’ll be with the bride, my second shooter will be with the groom)
30 minutes - Bridal Party Photos
30 minutes - Bride + Groom Photos
30 minutes - Family Photos (if you have large extended families, it may take longer)
15 minutes - Reception Decor Photos
10 minutes - Ceremony Decor Photos

Below is a sample time wedding day timeline with the sun setting at 6:30. This is merely a suggestion and if you’d like to move things around to what you prefer, please
feel free to do so!
 

1:30 - Ring, dress, shoes and other details (photographer arrives)
2:00 - Preparation photos
3:00 - travel to first look location
3:15 - Individual portraits
3:30 - First look and couple photos
3:50 - Bridal party photos
4:10 - Immediate family photos
4:30 - Travel to Ceremony location
4:45 - Photography Ceremony location details (Bride gets tucked away from driving guests)
5:10 - Bridal party lines up for Ceremony
5:15 - Ceremony
5:40 - Formal photos (extended friends and family)
6:00 - Couple photos
6:30 - (Sunset) Reception detail photos
6:45 - Grand Entrance
6:50 - First Dace
7:00 - Welcome toast/ prayer
7:10 - Dinner
7:45 - Toasts
8:00 - Father Daughter dance/ Mother son dance
8:10 - Open dancing
9:00 - bouquet/ garder toss
9:15 - Cake cutting
9:20 - open dancing
9:30 - Photographer leaves

The Wedding planning process

Below is a complete walk through of my photography process from booking to final delivery of all products. If you have any question for me or about my process please contact me. I am all way happy to answer any question you have.

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9+ MONTHS BEFORE: BOOK PHOTOGRAPHER
Congratulations on your engagement! The first step in planning a dream wedding is booking a venue and setting a date. Once you have a set date, Please contact me to check on my availability.

6-8 MONTHS BEFORE: ENGAGEMENT SHOOT
Your engagement shoot is a 1-2 hour portrait session at an outdoor location of your choosing in the Las Vegas area. This is included in all packages of eight hours or more and a wonderful opportunity to get to know each other and to become more comfortable in front of the camera.

1-2 MONTHS BEFORE: WEDDING DAY SHOT LIST
I will ask you to fill out an online form detailing who you would like photos of and who you would like photos with. This form allows us to make sure we get all the photos you want in a short period of time.

1-4 WEEKS BEFORE: PHOTOGRAPHER CONSULTATION
Leading up to your wedding day, we will work together to create a wedding timeline. Once your details are finalized, we will set up a meeting. This allows you to really communicate the details that make your wedding unique and how you would like your story captured.

1 WEEK BEFORE WEDDING DAY
We will set up a meeting to go over the timeline, shot list and any other details that you would like to cover.

YOUR WEDDING DAY: TIMELINE
Just enjoy your day and let everyone around you make it happen!

4-6 WEEKS AFTER: YOUR PICTURES ARE READY
Our editing process is very thorough and quite extensive. We edit, color correct, exposure correct and make sure that your final edit flows well. We will contact you when finished and direct you to a beautiful online image gallery

8-10 WEEKS AFTER: ALBUM DRAFT
I will customize and deliver an album design for you. This draft is a starting point for a truly stunning album!

3-6 MONTHS AFTER: ALBUM APPROVAL AND DELIVERY
After you have received your draft, we will work together to perfect the design. After all necessary edits are made, your album will be printed and bound. The album will be shipped to you within 6 months of your wedding.

Planning the week before your wedding

Don’t Worry About Time – Really! I’ll keep us on schedule as much as possible, but your job is to enjoy your day. If that means things run a little late because you’re having a great time, then don’t worry about it!

Review Your Dress Bustle – Believe it or not, this is one of the biggest “time-sucks” I’ve ever seen at weddings! It’s probably been awhile since you picked up your dress and tried out the bustle. Some dress shops give instructions for the bustle, and some don’t. Figuring out a bustle on the day of a wedding can take up to 30 minutes, so try it out beforehand and make sure you know how it works and that a bridesmaid or family member does too.

Pack a bag or clutch of personal items. - Put together your reception clutch and your post-reception bag that you can hand off to your wedding point person, who can help make sure it's waiting for you in the bridal suite or your hotel room.

Gather a survival kit. - Toss a bunch of must-have items into a small tote bag in case anyone needs them. Grab a handful of Band-Aids, safety pins, packets of Advil, and of course hair ties.

Enjoy a mani and pedi. - While you're getting a fresh coat of polish, say "I do" when they ask you if you'd like to add on a 10-minute massage. Pamper yourself — you deserve it!

Confirm with vendors.- There's a time and a place for everything. Make sure your outside vendors know when and where to show up. Now's the time to also let them know the name and phone number of your "point person" that day.