While your photographer will be limited with the time that they are shooting based on your day’s timeline, here are few things to consider when creating the timeline.
- Family Photos is Like Herding Cats – Unless your family is small or exceptionally organized, these are often times the most difficult to arrange as people wander away and are excited to talk to other family members. Family photos may not be the most prevalent thing on their minds. With this in mind, notify anyone you can at your rehearsal the day prior that they need to remain in the area for family photos at a given time. Another solution is to designate a natural leader of your family to organize everyone so that you can continue your day as planned.
- Location is Everything – Just because you have all of your day at one location does not mean that you absolutely have to stay there for photos. And If you or your photographer know of an amazing spot a short drive away, consider using that time for just the two of you or your wedding party if it is smaller in size. A party bus or limo can be rented very inexpensively for such a short amount of time and creates a nice getaway in the middle of an otherwise chaotic day.
- Timing is Even More Important – Golden hour is this lovely time of the day about one hour before the actual sunset. The light is beautiful and very flattering. Most photographers would greatly prefer to shoot your formal photos during this time. If this isn’t possible due to your reception time, contact your photographer to see if they are willing to dash out of the reception for 5-10 minutes after you are done eating, but while your guests are still enjoying their meals.
- High Noon is Great for Westerns Not for Photos – It’s one of those great moments in classic western movies, the showdown at high noon. Remember the cowboys squinting? This is why it is awful for photography. Think about this if you are considering having any photos done prior to your ceremony if it is a bright, sunny day. Your photographer can try and scramble for shade, but with a venue like a golf course – shade can be rare.