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
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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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