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Why You Should Ask For Your Photographer’s Help With Your Wedding Timeline

When you start thinking about your wedding day, think about the photos you would wanna have. Do you want a couple of pictures of you getting ready and your mom zipping your dress up? Would you like to sneak out with your spouse during sunset and get the famous golden hour pictures?

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Well, for this to happen, you need to plan things out a little bit. And there is no one better to know how long each set of pictures will take than the person taking the photos itself, right?

Think about it: if a photographer shoots 20 to 30 weddings a year, imagine how many timelines he has seen before. He knows what works and what doesn’t. For example: based on your bridal party or family size, he’ll know how long the formal portraits will take, and he can guide you through how much time you need to separate for that and make sure nothing gets delayed.  

Your wedding day is one of the happiest days of your life. You hire a professional photographer because you want to be able to look at those pictures and be taken back to that day. You want those pictures to reflect what it was like being there. And believe me, your photographer wants the same thing.

When you give your photographer a shot list of the things you want to be photographed and allow him to help to make sure there is enough time to capture it all, things will go smoothly, and you’ll have plenty of photos to cherish for the rest of your life.

Planning a Wedding - Where to Start?

You just got engaged and everything is super exciting! You’re telling your family and friends, posting pictures, everyone is so happy. But then it comes the time to think about the big day and everything seems overwhelming.

Most people feel this way. Here are 4 SIMPLE TIPS to give you a good head start on this whole process:

  • Priorities First, Budget Second

Set your priorities. Sit down with your fiancé and write them down. What matters the most to you? Do you have a Venue of your dreams? Or a dress that you’ve always wanted to wear? Everything will cost money, but once you prioritize you can find a budget and still have the wedding of your dreams.

  • Wedding Date

Find your ideal date and have a plan B, C and D. Being flexible with your date will make it easier to book the Vendors you want. If there is a specific photographer you want and they’re already booked for your date, having a few more options will make your life easier. Also, getting married any other day that’s not Saturday is less stressful. We got married on a Tuesday, only had 3 months to plan our wedding, and had no problems booking any of the vendors we wanted.

  • Rough Timeline

95% of the Vendors you’ll meet will ask you if you have a timeline of your Wedding yet. So, build a rough one right away. Things will change through the course of planning, but knowing more or less what you want your day to look like will help you and your vendors tremendously. Think about certain things you wanna have for sure, like the bouquet toss, first dance, toasts, etc. If you have no idea what order they should happen, photographers and videographers are really good to help when it comes to that, ask them.

  • Number of Guests

This is also something you’ll get asked frequently while talking to vendors. This might affect the price of some of the things you have to book, like the Wedding Venue and Catering. So having a headcount is useful right away! And let’s be honest, most people know who they want at their wedding even before they get engaged.

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Wedding planning can be fun, seriously. Just remind yourself it’s your day and you get to spend it how you want to, not how other people think it should be.

Why are Engagement Sessions so important?

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I’m sure you’ve seen plenty of engagement photos out there, on Facebook, Instagram, etc. The background is somewhere really pretty and the couple is usually dressed up.

But why is it so common to do it?

There are a lot of benefits of doing an Engagement Session before your wedding day and I wanted to share some of them with you!

 

  • Interaction with your photographer(s)

You get to interact with your wedding photographer before the big day and vice versa!

An engagement session lasts for about two hours, and that doesn’t mean we spend two hours looking behind the camera and telling you to pose, nope. That means two hours of chatting, of getting to know each other!

We get to hear your story. It’s important for us we capture your relationship in the most genuine way possible and for that, we need to get to know you a little bit!

  •  Practice

Some people are beyond natural in front of the camera, it’s seriously a talent. And some people aren’t. And that’s okay. Your Engagement Session is the perfect practice to how it feels to be photographed before your wedding day.

It’s our job as photographers to make you feel comfortable and try to get you to have fun, even if taking pictures is not your favorite thing in the world!

  •  Location

You get to pick your location, and that’s so fun! We always advise to choose somewhere that’s special to both of you.

For us it was Yosemite. Since I’m from Brazil I’ve visited Stephan a few times before I moved in for good and honestly, Yosemite was the only place that made me feel home. I have an instant sense of happiness every time I get there. So, of course, our pictures would reflect that!

And even if your place isn’t a National Park, even if it’s a coffee shop where you two had your first date and have been going since, it’s special and it makes you happy, and it will show in the pictures.

  •  Use your pictures

I don’t know who had the genius idea first, but you can use your engagement pictures to make Save The Dates or even your wedding invitations!

Another great idea is to use them on a Guest Book album. We had one done for our wedding and love it! Our guests looked through our engagement album and wrote us the sweetest words that we love reading to this day.

And if none of that sounds too appealing to you, just share them away! Post them on your Social Media, use them as a fun countdown to the happiest day of your life!


 Engagement Photos might seem like a silly thing but, as photographers, we love them! We get to connect with you and vice versa! 

I hope this post helped you understand a little more about the many benefits of doing an Engagement Session, besides taking pretty pictures in pretty places.

Although that’s a pretty good reason too.


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