An overview of what to expect and how to plan In chronological order.

Bride & Groom Getting Ready

  • Shot in a candid, photojournalistic style. No additional time needs to be scheduled for photography.
  • In my experience the Bride's hair and makeup often takes longer than expected. This can cause a time crunch which results in missed opportunities for  shots like the individual portraits, or a rushed First Look (more info on both below). A good rule of thumb is to plan for double the time you estimate.
  • Generally a good time for me to arrive is after hair, but before makeup and getting dressed.

Father of the Bride First look

  • The father of the bride is asked to not see his daughter until she has finished getting ready.
  • An additional 5-10 minutes should be scheduled.

Bride & Groom Individual Portraits

  • Taken right after the Bride and groom are finished getting ready.
  • Plan to be ready at least 10-15 minutes early to accommodate these important shots.

First Look

  • The first look is an option that allows the Formals and Bride & Groom Portraits (more info below) to be done before the ceremony. A first look can simplify the day, and allows you to spend uninterrupted time with your guests after the ceremony. But you do miss out on a very emotional moment, the Bride's dramatic reveal to the Groom during her walk down the aisle.
  • 1 hour should be reserved after getting ready and before the ceremony.


  • Shot in a candid, photojournalistic style. No additional time needs to be scheduled for photography.
  • We are as discreet as possible, avoiding any distractions to your guests. 
  • One way to streamline your day, and save time for photos is to avoid a receiving line. After the ceremony immediately leave to a secluded location at the church or venue until most of your guests have left.

Ceremony Exit

  • Fun shot taken with bubbles, streamers, butterflies, etc.
  • Can be done either exiting the church or during the recession down the aisle.

Group Formals

  • Traditionally done after the ceremony, at the same location.
  • Timeframe varies, and is determined by the size of your family, bridal party, and the amount of shots desired.
  • Prepare a list of photos starting with the largest group and working to the smallest.
  • Schedule at least 30 minutes.


Bride & Groom Portraits

  • Typically done before or during the Cocktail Hour, at the reception venue or a nearby park or scenic location.
  • Also can be done during a short break from the reception.
  • Schedule at least 20-30 minutes, but this photo opportunity always benefits from more scheduled time.
  • The portraits can be done at any hour of the day, but lighting is optimal 1-2 hours before sunset.
  • Creative shots are also done with the individual Bridal parties. They can be scheduled before the ceremony, following the Individual Bridal Portraits. Add an additional 15 minutes.


  • Also shot in a candid, photojournalistic style. No additional time needs to be scheduled for photography.

Reception Exit

  • Done with sparklers, streamers, etc.

Additional Notes

  • This is not a comprehensive list. There are many more photo opportunities during the day, such as detail shots, but they don’t require any planning on your part.
  • Time estimations include shooting time only. Be sure to accommodate for travel between locations.