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Creating a wedding photography timeline.

Posted on September 29, 2019

This article is a short version of a much longer more detailed article explaining how to create a wedding photography timeline. The information here is formatted for my older website. Which you could read here. Or If you would like to read the full article below is the link to the full post.

Creating a wedding photography timeline (Link to expanded article)


A photography timeline that is well though out and also flexable is one of the best ways to help wedding couples enjoy their day and still get the best wedding pictures possible.
I recently wrote an article that walks couples and others involved in wedding planning through the best way to build a photography timeline that includes enough time for photos yet gives the bride and groom time to enjoy their day.

Having a great wedding timeline leaves enough time for the bride and groom photos, family photos, wedding party photos, and all those other must get pictures needed. No bride and groom wants to feel like their wedding day is one giant photo-shoot. One key to achieving this is finishing the pictures at a certain point that gives to couple a break from having to take any more posed photos.

At the bottom of this article I posted a sample wedding photography timeline that anyone can feel free to use. This timeline template can always be changes to adjust for more or less time as needed. If the couple has a large amount of family members more time for posed family photos could be added. In addition, some couples may want to spend more time taking bride and groom photos whiles others may not care so much about bride and groom photos.
In addition the entire time allowance could be cut back and the pictures can be consolidated. For example, instead of photographing the bride with each bridesmaid, a group shot of all the girls instead would free up time. Or instead of the bride and groom alone with each family the photographer could just shoot one grouping with each side.

When I work with a couple or the couples event planner I always start with a flexible timeline then after reviewing the timeline with the bride and groom I’ll refine it so that the end result is a timeline that makes everyone happy.
I always start creating my photography timeline with the ceremony. By doing this I can work backwards and create a timeline allows time for each group of photos. getting ready, family photos, bride and groom photos.

Below is a sample wedding timeline that can be used to create your wedding timeline.

1:30PM – Photographer starts with getting ready photos.
2:30PMPM –First Look with bride’s father
3:00PM – Bride’s family and bridesmaids pictures. (Groom is hiding away so he does not see her.)
4:00PM – Groom’s family and groomsmen pictures
5:00PM – Posed photography ends, bride make-up touch up before ceremony.
6:00PM – Ceremony Starts
7:00PM – Pictures after the ceremony

If your wedding plans call for no first look please visit my longer more detailed post here:

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