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Ideal Times

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY TIMELINE | IDEAL TIMES FOR YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY

With the diversity of the cultural aspects of our weddings, it’s difficult to pinpoint an exact wedding photography timeline template. However, there are ideal time frames you should consider when planning your day. Some of these times may seem long on paper but keep in mind that..

1) the day will fly by,
2) most weddings run slightly behind schedule,
3) we’ll make these photo sessions fun, so it won’t seem like a long time.

With the diversity of the cultural aspects of our weddings, it’s difficult to pinpoint an exact wedding photography timeline template. However, there are ideal time frames you should consider when planning your day. Some of these times may seem long on paper but keep in mind that..

1) the day will fly by,
2) most weddings run slightly behind schedule,
3) we’ll make these photo sessions fun, so it won’t seem like a long time.

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RINGS, DRESS, SHOES, AND OTHER DETAILS

Ideal Time Allotment – 30 minutes*
Ideal Time of the Day – Morning*
Ideal Location – Bridal Suite or Hotel Suite*

Advice – Having at least 30 minutes for details ensures that we have plenty of time to get that perfect photo of the dress, rings, shoes, bouquets, and the other details of the day.There are times when a hotel room is too crowded or simply unappealing; we have to take the dress all the way down to the lobby or even outside. This can take some time, but as you can see from the results, it’s well worth the additional work.

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PREPARATION

Ideal Time Allotment – 45 minutes*
Ideal Time of the Day – Morning or Early Afternoon*
Ideal Location – Bridal Suite or Hotel Suite*

Advice – Having 45 minutes to an hour of preparation is ideal for our style. During this time, we are getting close ups of the makeup and hair being applied as well as the candid moments and the bridesmaids and groomsmen get ready for the day. Keep in mind that these are some of the most emotional and fun times of the day, so you don’t want to cut it short.The lead shooter will be with the bride while the second shooter will be with the groom. While it doesn’t take guys an hour to get dressed, there are still tons of great moments during this time between the groom and his family and friends.

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INDIVIDUAL PORTRAITS

Ideal Time Allotment – 20-30 minutes*
Ideal Time of the Day – Morning or Early Afternoon*
Ideal Location – Bridal Suite, Hotel Suite, Venue Lobby, or Venue Garden*

Advice – Right after prep is the best time for individual portraits of the bride and groom (separately). Besides makeup and hair being completely fresh, the day hasn’t gotten hectic yet so we can take our time and get those perfect portraits.Also, keep in mind that the window lighting in most hotel rooms creates a unique look that can’t be duplicated in any environment throughout the rest of the day.

IRST LOOK AND DAYTIME COUPLES SESSION

Ideal Time Allotment – 30-60 minutes*
Ideal Time of the Day – Morning or Early Afternoon*
Ideal Location – Venue Garden, Empty Venue Hallway (shaded areas with natural light)*

Advice – The first look should be around 30 to 45 minutes. During this time, the bride and groom enjoy seeing each other for the first time on the wedding day. While the actual first look might only be 5-10 minutes, the rest of the time is spent on a few basic portraits of the bride and groom.Ideally we are saving the bulk of the couples session for later (see the “couples session” section below). However, if there is no other time in the day, it is best to allocate another 45 minutes to an hour here so that we make sure we have enough photos of just you two.

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WEDDING PARTY PHOTOS

Ideal Time Allotment – 45-60 minutes*
Ideal Time of the Day – Morning or Afternoon*
Ideal Location - Venue Lobby, Venue Garden, Beach, Park, Off-site Location*

Advice – Wedding Party Photos should be around 45 minutes to 1 hour. During this time, we get a variety of shots in a variety of poses. We start off with the basic, classic photos focused on great expressions and lighting.Then we move into a set of fun and creative shots. Finally, we know how much your wedding party means to you, so we are sure to get pictures with you and each one of your bridesmaids or groomsmen individually.

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IMMEDIATE FAMILY

Ideal Time Allotment – 45-60 minutes*
Ideal Time of the Day – Morning or Afternoon*
Ideal Location - Venue Lobby, Venue Garden, Beach, Park, Off-site Location*

Advice – Immediate Family Photos should take another 45 minutes to 1 hour. It’s important to have additional images with your parents, grandparents, and siblings beyond the basic formal (mentioned in the section below).Plan on 3 minutes per group on average. For example, if you have 10 groups, schedule in a 30 minute time slot.We all know how much weddings mean to the immediate family, and we want to make sure we’re capturing enough pictures with them.

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CEREMONY DETAIL AND VENUE

Ideal Time Allotment – 20-30 minutes*
Ideal Location – Ceremony Site*
Ideal Time of the Day – Morning or Afternoon

Advice – Please allow 20 minutes for the second shooter to take pictures of the ceremony site, completely set up with no guests or vendors in the area.Before you have the guests seated, it’s important that we are there to capture the complete set up of your ceremony site so we can capture the scene at its best.

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FORMALS (EXTENDED FAMILY, IMMEDIATE FAMILY, AND FRIENDS)

Ideal Time Allotment – 45-60 minutes*
Ideal Time of the Day – Morning or Afternoon (Post Ceremony)*
Ideal Location – Ceremony Site

Advice – Formals should take around 45 minutes to 1 hour depending on the size of your family and the number of guests.Plan on 3 minutes per group on average. For example, if you have 10 groups, schedule in a 30 minute time slot.Some couples have decided that they want a picture with all guests while others have decided that they only want pictures with select VIPs to save time. We recommend something in between.We also recommend being very organized, with a list of groups and helpers from each side of the family to help round people up.

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COUPLES SESSION

Ideal Time Allotment – 1 hour*
Ideal Time of the Day – Late Afternoon (Sunset)*
Ideal Location – Venue Garden, Beach, Hotel Lobby, Park*

Advice – Couple session should be around 1 hour and should take place ideally 30 to 45 minutes before sunset. The is the best time in terms of lighting.It also allows us to capture the awesome scenic shots with colorful skies. If your wedding is in downtown or in an area with tall buildings, it’s not as important for us to have this specific time frame (although it still helps).However, if you booked your venue because of the spectacular view of the ocean or the gorgeous vines in the winery, it’s essential to follow this advice in your timeline.

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RECEPTION DETAIL AND VENUE

Ideal Time Allotment – 20-30 minutes*
Ideal Time of the Day – Early Evening* Ideal Location – Ceremony Site*

Advice – Please allow 30 minutes for the second shooter to take pictures of the reception room, completely set up with no guests or vendors in the area.Similar to the ceremony details, this is the only opportunity we have to capture the beauty of the reception room prior to guest arrival.

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COUPLES SESSION – RECEPTION SNEAK OUT

Ideal Time Allotment – 20-30 minutes*
Ideal Time of the Day – Dusk to Night Time*
Ideal Location – Areas with interesting lights, fountains, city scapes and mirrors*

Advice – During the reception, please plan on sneaking out for a couple of night shots. We only need 20-30 minutes, as we understand the importance of being a good host. However, this time is important of you appreciate the night photography that we deliver. The ideal time for this is right after you grab a bite to eat or during the open floor dancing after you’ve danced a few songs and would like a break. Another suggestion would be to get these shots at the very end of the night once all the guests have departed.

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COUPLES SESSION – RECEPTION SNEAK OUT

Ideal Time Allotment – 20-30 minutes*
Ideal Time of the Day – Dusk to Night Time*
Ideal Location – Areas with interesting lights, fountains, city scapes and mirrors*

Advice – During the reception, please plan on sneaking out for a couple of night shots. We only need 20-30 minutes, as we understand the importance of being a good host. However, this time is important of you appreciate the night photography that we deliver. The ideal time for this is right after you grab a bite to eat or during the open floor dancing after you’ve danced a few songs and would like a break. Another suggestion would be to get these shots at the very end of the night once all the guests have departed.


I would like you to shoot my wedding, how do I start the process?

Reach me via my contact form along with your wedding date and venue, if secured. I can respond by email or phone. If possible, I would like to meet you both in person so you can get to know your future photographer and can ask me everything you need. Once you’ve decided to choose me as your photographer, I will send a contract for you to sign and and return with a deposit. After that, you can check “find a photographer” off your wedding to-do list.

You charge more then Joe blow Photography Why?

There are so many ways I can answer this question. Rather than bore you with a long list of virtues, let me instead offer you an answer in the form of a quote sometimes attributed to John Ruskin: "It's unwise to pay too much, but it's worse to pay too little. When you pay too much, you lose a little money, that's all. When you pay too little, you sometimes lose everything, because the thing you bought was incapable of doing the thing it was bought to do. The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot—it can't be done. If you deal with the lowest bidder ..."

Why do we need to charge for additional coverage?

We’ve dedicated the entire day to your wedding, so we won’t be racing off to catch other plans that evening. However, we need to charge for additional coverage primarily because there are costs of having the team stay for additional hours. The shooters and lighting assistants all require additional compensation. Furthermore, the additional photos taken will need to be post produced which adds to our overall costs.

Do you deliver every image you shoot?

No, we do not. We eliminate duplicate images, test shots, missed focused shots, shots with bad expressions and other images that may dilute the overall product delivery. For example, because we shoot with low apertures, sometimes we take a few extra shots to make sure we have the perfect focus. We don’t expect you to have the expertise or the time to zoom into each image to select the one with the sharpest focus, so we spend hours doing that on our end. In another example, candid laughs and emotional tears are some of the best images from the day. Unfortunately, they can also yield some unflattering facial expressions. We might snap a few extras of any of these moments to make sure we have a great shot with the ideal expression for the moment. With our expertise of processing millions of images each year, we may eliminate ones that we feel are duplicates and only deliver the best one.

My venue is very dark. How does your studio handle these situations and can I see samples?

We have shot in the darkest of dark chapels and reception halls so no need to worry! If the situation allows, we will set up additional lighting to ensure we get focused pictures. Some chapels do not allow for flash photography; and for that reason, we shoot on camera’s with superb low-light performance and lenses with low apertures

How early should we reserve our date with you?

A. We generally book out 8-12 months in advance, and dates between May-September book very quickly. Occasionally we have availability less than 8 months away - it's always worth checking - especially in the winter months. We accept reservations on a first-come, first-serve basis with a 50% deposit. Checks and credit cards are accepted.


Do you travel?

A: I love to travel and will generally arrive at least the day before the event to help ensure that unexpected travel delays do not make me late or miss your big day. Let me know where you are and we’ll figure out the best way to get me out to you.

Do you take dance shots?

That’s where the fun is. We're am right there with everyone on the dance floor like a ninja with camera. A harmless ninja.

When will I get to see my wedding photos?

Your photos will generally be ready within 2-4 weeks following the wedding. I go through a careful process of choosing the best images from the day and processing each of them with individual attention.

Experience

Ty Turner was trained as a combat documenter with he US Army. Trained to capture the moment under extreme conditions. Ty has been a wedding photographer for over 8 years. Our work has been published in newspapers, brochures and national magazines. We have the experience to make your wedding day go as smoothly as possible. Our organized, easy-going style will help you and your guests feel comfortable in front of the camera. In short, we provide you with more than just exceptional photographs, we act as your personal wedding consultants.


Style

All weddings are covered using a combination of photojournalism and traditional wedding photography. During the pre-wedding consultation we ask the couple to give us their vision of how they want their wedding photographed. We feel that it’s ultimately up to the customer to determine how they want their final wedding album to look. Many of our brides and grooms leave this up to us, but we pride ourselves on being flexible and accommodating. We want to capture the moment.

Team Approach

To make your special day even easier, FFW use multiple photographers. We use the same photographers to shoot with us year after year. Our staff photographers have years of experience shooting weddings. We never use outside contractors so you can be assured that our photography team will be talented, courteous, and fun!