How much time should we set aside for portraits on our wedding day?

•   Getting Ready Photos......... a minimum of 1½ - 2 hours
•   Wedding Party & Couple Photos......... a minimum of 1½ hours
•   Family Photos......... a minimum of 30 minutes 

Do not split Immediate Family Photos & Extended Family Photos to 2 time slots (ie before and after a Ceremony) It's actually more efficient to do it all at once! :)

Building YOUR Timeline:

Start with your Ceremony time! Use the "work backwards concept" for deciding how many hours you need...
If you know when your ceremony will be - you can consider that we would like to be with you for at least 2 hours before the Ceremony.  So, a minimum of 1.5 hours for Getting Ready photos + a buffer of a 30 minutes to travel to your Ceremony site = 2 hours. Start here and build forward to ensure that we will be present for your dances and special evening moments!

Example 1 
Your Ceremony is scheduled for 2:00pm,
which would mean we would arrive at 12pm or earlier for Getting Ready Photos. 
Cocktail is scheduled for 5pm,
Dinner is scheduled for 7pm,
with a dance to follow starting at 9pm,
then it makes sense to choose the 10 hour Collection, bringing you to 10:00pm.
= 10 hours

Example 2
Your Ceremony is scheduled for 4:30pm,
which would mean we would arrive at 2:30pm or earlier for Getting Ready Photos. 
Cocktail is scheduled for 5pm,
Dinner is scheduled for 7pm,
with a dance to follow starting at 8:30pm,
then it might make sense to choose the 7 hour Collection, bringing you to 9:30pm.
= 7 hours

•   We can absolutely arrange additional hours to Collections (ie: 11 hours, instead of 10)
•  Keep in mind that we would secretly love to photograph you in the morning for much longer, but can work with 2 hours
•  We can help you build the timeline if you need help!

let's break down the day

Bridesmaids' hair: 30 minutes per person.
Bridesmaids' makeup: 45 minutes per person.
Bride's hair: One hour. Run this by your hair stylist and have them confirm a maximum time.
Bride's makeup: 45 to 60 minutes, depending on the makeup style.
** Makeup always seems to run overtime. **

When should we, the photographers, arrive? At least 1.5-2 hours before the bride is ready to go. This gives us plenty of time to capture the details — gown, shoes, jewelry, etc. — in addition to the hustle and bustle of the room, and portraits with the bride and her bridesmaids! 

If you're traveling to a salon, double the travel time you anticipate — better to have too much time than not enough! Put on your veil on after the dress. 

First look: 15-20 minutes.
If you did have a first look, you'll still want at least 30 minutes pre-reception for more Couple Portraits. 

Ceremony average length: 30 minutes. 

When to do Family Photos: These take place RIGHT after the Ceremony! Or if you are doing a First Look, we can do Immediate beforehand!

Time Needed for Family Photos: We are happy to accommodate whichever choice you make but keep in mind that having Aunts, Uncles & Cousins in your photos will extend your timeframe significantly as it is a larger number of people to find and coordinate.

Depending on the size of your families: Immediate Family Photos can be done in as little as 30 minutes whereas Extended Family Photos can take up to 45 minutes to an hour. If EXTENDED family is involved in photos, an announcement must be made by the Officiant at the end of Ceremony - families MUST be informed to STAY at Ceremony location.

Time Needed for Wedding Party & Portraits: a minimum of 1.5 hours for couple portraits + wedding party photos.

The best TIME of day for Bride & Groom Portraits:
We like to as shoot late in the day before dinner as possible to allow the sun to be softer and more complimentary. Ideal choice is in the last three hours before sunset.
Example: Please do not schedule your Couple Portraits for 2pm as the sun is too high. We know this isn't always possible on a wedding day, but consider that it can be very difficult to shoot your beautiful soft portraits mid day at 2pm when the sun is very high in the sky making harsh shadows... and usually the hottest time of day!
Most weddings we shoot have a 3:30 or 4pm Ceremony with Family Photos and all Portraits happening between 4:30-6:30pm.

Dinner always lasts approximately 2 hours if speeches are peppered throughout the dinner.

Sunset Photos: We will scoot you outside during dinner for approximately 15 minutes to get some extra sunset photos!

First Dance: We love when the First Dance happens near the beginning of the reception so we are absolutely there to cover it!

Sparklers: We love sparklers! Let us know in advance if you'll be bringing some for a photo.

Dance: We like to be there for at least an hour of dancing!

Tip: The best way to save time taking photos is by being prepared - that goes for your wedding party as well! Try not to leave preparations to the day before or Morning of your wedding - it will help! We love arriving to a beautiful Bride relaxing with a mimosa in hand with hair/makeup all done... makes for a relaxed day!