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so you've booked your photographer

I'm so excited to be working with you on such an important day! Consider this page your ultimate wedding photography planning guide. Together we'll go over all of the tips and tricks I've picked up over the years for how to make your wedding go smoothly from start to finish and get stunning photos. Be sure to bookmark this page so you can refer to it throughout your wedding planning process. Let's get right to it, shall we?

THE PROCESS

WEDDING DAY

Did your package include an engagement session? We can get rolling with your shoot anytime between contract signing and your wedding day. Just send me an email when you're interested in scheduling it.

So you signed your contract and made your depost. What happens next?

Engagement Session

Timeline Planning

Delivery

Contract + Deposit

2-3 weeks after wedding day you'll receive sneak peeks, and 90 days after is full delivery.

You signed the contract, made your deposit, and secured your dream photographer.

About one month before the big day, we create a day-of timeline together and plan family photos.

THINKING ABOUT GETTING READY OFF-SITE ON WEDDING DAY?

Be sure to be intentional about the space you're getting ready in. Your getting ready photos are what is the visual jumping off point for telling your story for the day. Renting a cute Airbnb, an aesthetic hotel room, or a cozy bed and breakfast, is a great way to bump up the style for your getting ready photos.

wedding photography planning your getting ready location

A first look is when you and your fiancé see each other for the first time on wedding day. It's one of the first things that determines what your wedding day timeline will look like and your photography schedule will be created.

WHY YOU SHOULD CONSIDER A FIRST LOOK

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detail photos + getting ready photos

2:30pm

FAMILY PHOTOS

STANDARD WEDDING WITH FIRST LOOK

For the standard 8 hour wedding day, this is what your timeline could look like. For couples that have an average of 5-8 wedding party members each, a moderate sized family (10-20 people), this is pretty average.

3:00pm

3:30pm

CEREMONY

COCKTAIL HOUR

4:00pm

WE SNACK, WE DRINK, WE CHILL.

5:00pm

RECEPTION

PARTY, PARTY, PARTY!

7:00pm

SUNSET PORTRAITS

THINK THERE'S GOING TO BE A BEAUTIFUL SUNSET? LET'S TAKE 15 MINUTES TO SNAG SOME PHOTOS OF YOU!

9:00pm

DEPARTURE

WE BID YOU FAREWELL. WE USUALLY DON'T STAY TILL THE VERY END UNLESS YOU'RE DOING A SEND OFF. WE'LL MISS YOU!

ARRIVAL

STANDARD WEDDING

WITH NO FIRST LOOK

1:00pm

detail photos + getting ready photos

For the standard 8 hour wedding day, this is what your timeline could look like. Couples that have an average of 5-8 wedding party members each, a moderate sized family (10-20 people), this is pretty average.

2:30pm

WE BEGIN SOME SEPARATE FAMILY PHOTOS TO GET YOU TO COCKTAIL HOUR EARLIER

CEREMONY

3:30pm

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4:00pm

COCKTAIL HOUR

5:00pm

RECEPTION

PARTY, PARTY, PARTY!

7:00pm

SUNSET PORTRAITS

SUNSET PHOTOS OF YOU TOGETHER.

9:00pm

DEPARTURE

WE BID YOU FAREWELL. WE USUALLY DON'T STAY TILL THE VERY END UNLESS YOU'RE DOING A SEND OFF. WE'LL MISS YOU!

Not sure how to approach bridal party and family photos for wedding day? As mentioned in the first look section of this post, these photos can be done either before or after your ceremony based on if/when you're doing a first look. Family photos typically take 20-30 minutes based on family size, and bridal party about 15-20 minutes based on group size.
Groups of family photos can be broken down however you'd like, but these are my typical groupings for example:
list of family groupings for wedding photography planning guide

TIPS FOR SUCCESS

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Ask your guests to leave the phone behind and have an unplugged ceremony.

Try to avoid scheduling your ceremony between the hours of 11am and 2pm. This is when the sun is at it's highest point in the sky and leads to some really harshly lit photos.

Worried about weather? Overcast and drizzly days lead to BEAUTIFUL photos. Cloudy weather softens the light and makes skin tones look creamy and soft.

If you have a choice is ceremony location, choosing one with the setting sun behind your officiant will help you and your bridal party avoid being squinty in photos and will give you that beautiful glow.

WANNA KNOW HOW TO GET THE BEST WEDDING DAY PHOTOS?

CHECK OUT MY TIPS + TRICKS

MAKE SURE TO BOOKMARK THIS WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY PLANNING GUIDE TO HELP YOU ALONG THE WAY

HAVE YOU READ MY GUIDE TO ENGAGEMENT AND COUPLES SESSIONS?

My Philosophy

THERE ARE NO RULES

AT THE END OF THE DAY, ALL OF THis wedding photography planning guide merely has SUGGESTIONS TO HELP GUIDE YOU THROUGH PLANNING YOUR WEDDING DAY. THEse tips ARE HERE TO FACILITATE YOU BEING IN THE MOMENT AS YOU SAY YOUR VOWS TO EACH OTHER, AS YOU SEE THEM FOR THE FIRST TIME, AS YOU SHARE YOUR FIRST DANCE.

WHAT'S MORE IMPORTANT THAN ANY OF THESE TIPS, IS HONORING WHAT'S IMPORTANT TO YOU.

BREAK THE MOULD, BE YOURSELF, AND CELEBRATE YOUR LOVE HOW IT FEELS MOst REAL TO YOU.