You seem like you have a lot of opinions regarding the timeline. Is it okay if we make our own suggestions?
ABSOLUTELY. I know all this information is overwhelming, but I promise you I have your BEST interest at heart, which is why I’m sharing all this info! I understand that not every wedding day is the same and there’s different considerations depending on various factors. However, based on my experience, these tips will allow for adequate timing for your wedding day and have your best interest in mind when it comes to beautiful lighting for your wedding day photographs!
Do you have a guidebook for engagement and portrait sessions?
Hang tight! I’m working on create an online guide and I’ll share the link here once it’s ready!
I’ve always imagined my fiance seeing me for the first time as I walk down the aisle. I’m still not sure I see the point of a first look. Any advice?
I get it. I really do. I was the same way before my photographer convinced me otherwise! Now, those are some of my favorite photos from our wedding day. I’d encourage you to go back and look through the reasons why I believe doing a first look is important. But please remember that when it comes down to it, it’s YOUR decision and if you’ve always pictured the moment he first sees you is as you’re walking down the aisle, let’s do it that way.
Our outdoor reception is planned for as the sun is setting, but we don’t want a first look. Is that going to be a problem?
It sure is! 😉 Without a first look, we still need 30 minutes for family photos, 30 minutes for bridal party photos and 30 minutes for bride and groom photos before the sun sets and we lose our light. I’d definitely recommend either doing a first look before your ceremony, or bumping up your ceremony time to 2 1/2 hours prior to sunset so we can fit all your photos in after the ceremony.
I noticed you didn’t mention much about grand entrances, dances, cake cutting and bouquet and garter tosses. How come?
I see you were paying attention! Many of my clients choose to ditch some of these older traditions to focus on spending more time with their guests during the reception! While I love that most of my clients are laid back and focused on spending time with family and friends over traditions, I’m 100% down for capturing these elements of your reception if they’re important to you.
Do you have a sample elopement timeline?
I don’t, because elopement days are so simple and relaxed! However, I typically spend the same time on getting ready photos, then the rest of the time is spent on the ceremony and getting amazing bride and groom photos wherever you decided to elope!
Speaking of eloping, do you have location suggestions?
Yes, 1000 times yes. Shoot me a message and we’ll chat about a spot that reflects your love beautifully! Some of my favorite places for elopements are Utah, Oregon/Washington Coast, Arizona and Colorado. But I’d love to chat with you to plan something that feels like your love and is beyond beautiful!
Do you have pricing info available?
Of course! Head on over to my Info page for pricing and more information on the services I offer. And shoot me an email for full pricing and collection info!
I’m a photographer and I LOVE your guide. Can I copy and paste it on my website or a PDF to send to brides?
No! Bad photographer! While I love providing information to my clients, brides and other photographers for inspiration, it would hurt my feelings to find out you copied and pasted something I’ve worked so hard to create! I’d definitely encourage you to create a guidebook for your own clients. While we’re around weddings all the time, it’s hard for us to remember that new brides sometimes don’t consider lighting at the ceremony or time of day for portraits, so I think it’s very valuable to provide some insight!
I am, however, 100% cool with you providing a link to this page for your clients! As I said, I truly believe everyone deserves beautiful wedding photos and if sharing this link with your clients will help achieve that, go for it!