I often have wedding clients ask me how much time they should plan to schedule for their posed wedding photos. Usually, people assume it shouldn't take more than half an hour.
Well, it I supposed you could get your photos taken in that time, but it's really not a good idea!
As with anything, if you want quality, don't rush it...
If you're planning your wedding day and wondering how much time to allot for the formal (posed) photography, here are some tips for you:
Personally, I have two hour minimum for wedding photography, because in my experience, one hour is never enough time. (No matter how large or small the wedding party.)
For any event, but especially weddings, the photographer needs to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to starting photography, in order to familiarize ourselves with the location and to discuss any last minute details that may come up.
Regarding the photography itself, for formal shots of the wedding party, family, bride and groom, etc. a good rule of thumb is to figure on approximately 30 minutes for each different configuration of people. The posed shots of the bride and groom alone together, usually take between 30 minutes to an hour.
30 minutes for bridal party shots
30 minutes for family and friends shots
30-60 minutes for bride and groom shots
It’s possible it may not take that long, but it’s best to schedule for that amount of time, rather than feel rushed. It takes time to get everyone organized and posed properly. You don’t want your wedding photos to look or feel like you hurried through them!
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