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Wedding Planning – Wedding Photo Shoot Duration

I get asked this question all the time “How long do we need for our wedding photo shoot?”

There is no right or wrong answer to this, except depends on what you expect from your wedding album and your wedding photographer.  A comfortable amount of time with 2 locations would be 2 hours from the time you leave your wedding ceremony. This way there is no rushing around, but that depends on distance between each location wedding photo shoot.  Naturally distance travelled between the wedding ceremony, each location and wedding reception plays a big part in the duration required. The best way to determine the duration is to speak with your wedding photographer and get an idea of what is possible, we all have different ways of covering a wedding day, so this will have a bearing on duration. For instance I may want to get all the formal shots done just after the wedding ceremony and then concentrate on the “emotional wedding photos” all the fun stuff, all the art style wedding photos etc…

This is a sample wedding timing schedule, starting with the Groom and Bride preparation through to Reception Coverage.

Start    Finish   Duration

——    ——–  ——–
11:00    12:00    1:00    GROOM getting ready
12:00    12:15    0:15    Travel to Bride
12:15    14:20    2:05    BRIDE Getting Ready
14:20    14:30    0:10    WALK OUT OF HOUSE (car shots)
14:30    15:00    0:30    Travel to Ceremony
15:00    15:30    0:30    WEDDING Ceremony
15:30    15:45    0:15    Kiss & Congratulations
15:45    15:55    0:10    Group Shot
15:55    16:20    0:25    Family Shoot
16:20    16:35    0:15    Travel
16:35    17:45    1:10    LOCATION 1
17:45    18:00    0:15    Travel
18:00    18:45    0:45    LOCATION 2
18:45    19:00    0:15    Travel – to reception
19:00    19:10    0:10    Walk into Wedding Reception
19:10    21:30    2:20    Night Reception Coverage

In total there is 10.5 hours of wedding photography coverage.  It’s nice to get around 1 hour in the first photo shoot location, this way all the formal shots can be done pretty quickly and you can concentrate on the fun and candid photos (if desired).  As you can see this wedding schedule I’ve allowed time for travel as well as each location.

It’s important that you have photos of your wedding party, as well as shots of you and your partner in a natural manner (not rushed and pressured for time).  Your wedding choice and style will determine how much time you’d spend on the “fundamentals”, and this should be discussed with your wedding photographer. Once planned out, the task is then handed over to your photographer.

It’s imperative to your wedding day, that your photographer is well aware of your time schedule. He/she should be involved in planning your wedding timing schedule with you as he/she will have some ideas for you. Lets not forget that we do this all the time and we would have a good idea of what you are after once a wedding brief has been discussed.

Some couples come to us and state what time they have planned and booked their wedding ceremony and wedding reception and don’t factor in a location photo shoot and travel between each place.  This naturally is a bit disappointing for them as they had pictured other things. We can always make things happen, but only if time has been given.  A good wedding photographer will have enough experience to judge the distance between each location, failing that you can always use Google Maps or Where Is

One thing to note, is that your wedding photographer is the only person who will be involved with you start to finish (or nearly finish depending on wedding photo coverage), all other suppliers are only with you for a part of your wedding day. We are involved in your wedding day fully, and in most cases we are looked to for support and direction as we are the most experienced party at your wedding, not to mention that our photos will tell the story from your wedding day.

For wedding photography and planning please feel free to email me with your queries and I’d be more than happy to help out.

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Pre Wedding Photo Shoot of Danica & Scott

We had a pre-wedding photo shoot with Danica and Scott at Cottesloe Beach.

Their pre-wedding photo showcase can be viewed below YouTube Slide show:

Also some of their pre-wedding photos can be viewed on their pre-wedding photo wedding gallery.

Their wedding will be at The Goose in Busselton later this year, so look out for their wedding photos.

Wedding photographer in perth Cottesloe Wedding Photos

The pre-wedding photo shoot is an important part of our wedding photography preparation.  We get to know each other again (since the booking/initial consultation), we get to practice how to be “natural” on the day and you get to see how you look in the locations of your wedding day.

Danica was nice enough to write some feedback about her pre-wedding photo shoot experience:

At first we thought the idea of a pre-wedding shoot may have been un-necessary and self indulgent but after experiencing it and seeing the photos I really believe it was an essential part of all of our pre wedding preparation. It was a great opportunity to get to know the photographer, get comfortable in front of the camera, and learn what works and what doesn’t. It can be intimidating having professional pictures taken so the pre-wedding shoot really helped us to deal with those feelings before our wedding day. The presentation Peter compiled for us and put on you-Tube is simply beautiful and we have already received so many positive comments about it.

I cant wait for Peter to share our wedding day with us and am really excited to get in front of the camera again.

–> Danica & Scott

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