Top Ten Wedding Day Photography Tips
4.2 With first-look. If the bride and groom see each other before the ceremony, then the time arrangement is much more flexible. We can get the bride & groom photos beforehand. We can even take photos for the wedding party before the ceremony. There will be more time for family photos and wedding party photos during cocktail hour. We can spend 15-20 minutes for formal photos in this case. We can still take more photos for the bride and groom if the lighting is good (say it is around sunset time).
5. After ceremony-Formal family photos. We typically take the formal family photos right after the wedding ceremony. It is important to have a family member organize the formal family photos. This can save us lots of time for the formal family photos and keep everything on schedule. Each formal group photo will take about two minutes in average. We will take multiple shots for the group photo because people could blink in group photos. It will take less time to organize people if the group is small and more time when the group is big. So you can estimate how much time we need for the formal group photos and decide the number of group shots.
6. Reception entrance and detail photos. We need to get into the reception room to take the reception setup/detail table photos, wedding cake photos before guests go in. We will also need 3-5 minutes to set up the external flashes at the reception room. When the bridal party enter the reception room, please leave some separation between each pair.
9. Table Visiting. When the bride and groom are visiting the guest tables, there are typically two ways to photograph. They have both pros and cons. One popular way is the candid photo shoot. We will take photos from the side and capture the candid moments. The pro is that we can capture the emotions of the bride, groom and guests naturally. The table visits can also be done relatively fast when there is a time constraint. The con is that only a limited number of guests could end up in the photos, because we still focus on the bride and groom most of the time during table visits. The other traditional way is to take posed table shot. To do this, guests need to get up and we need to arrange guests so that the center piece won’t block guests’ faces. Please plan about 3 minutes for each table if the bride and groom are planning the formal table shoot. If there are 10 tables, then it will take at least 30 minutes for the formal table shot.
The pro of this approach is that we can capture all the guests in the table. The con is that it could take lots of time and we are losing the candid moments to the posed photos. Sometimes, we could use a combined approach: we take formal table shots for 2-3 very important tables and take candid photos for the rest of general tables.
10. End of wedding day. At the end of the wedding day before we leave, if there is still 5-10 minutes left without much going on, then we will take photos for the bride and groom again. It takes us about 10 minutes to set up such a romantic night shot. Once it is ready, then we will ask the bride and groom to take the shot.