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Wedding - how much time do you normally have?

 
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Mar 18, 2013 01:53 |  #1

Hi,

I was just wondering - how much time do you normally get (or allow) for formal photo's with the B&G on average? (Just wondering if the general status-qua changes from country to country), and how much would you like ideally?


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Mar 18, 2013 03:25 |  #2

Formal family photos, or the wedding party and couple photo shoot? I ask for three hours, I often get two, I sometimes get one. The better and more experienced you are the easier it is.

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Mar 18, 2013 03:32 |  #3

Thanks Tim.

Formal Wedding party to clarify was what I was thinking. It seems that most couples I've come in contact with (myself was included at my own wedding) didn't really give enough consideration to the time of photography, and I was just wondering what different people expect - or get, time wise.


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Mar 18, 2013 06:25 |  #4

The formal group photographs I allow 30 minutes for the one to ones with the B and G I like to do two 20 to 25 minutes slots.


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Mar 18, 2013 07:17 |  #5

I don't really have formals as such.

5 minutes for a large group shot with all the guests. I say allow 1 minute per family and friend grouping. A bridal party shoot can be anything from 25 minutes (the wedding started late) to 5 hours. The number of locations can vary too.

I don't have any set posing (i.e. the same at every wedding)that I do as such with the bridal party on the day or the couple it is more a flow and see what is working. What people want will vary tremendously.


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Mar 18, 2013 08:40 |  #6

Most of my weddings have been at venues where the ceremony and reception are at the same location. At those, I usually get 1 hour for all the formal group shots and B&G "romantics"




  
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Mar 19, 2013 11:57 |  #7

five minutes and up.

i always say, you'll get as many photos as I have time for.
I had one wedding where I literally had 5 minutes, and they were looking at the watches half the time.
it was not a priority of theirs and I respect that. then i've had weddings where we spent an hour each at multiple locations. That tickled their fancy and was fun for me too.
But then i've had many variations in between those two extremes. there are just so many variables.

I would guess the average is 45 minutes total though. for me anyway.


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Mar 19, 2013 12:04 |  #8

I ask for a minimum of 45 minutes... when going through the wedding day timeline, I revise that based on wedding party size, traveling requirements, etc... and make my suggestions for more time... if they can give me more time, great... if not, I make it work with what I do have!


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Mar 19, 2013 14:52 |  #9

The bride was late. I went from 1 hour down to 15 minutes for everything.


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Mar 19, 2013 15:00 |  #10

Scorpoi - I feel your pain. Last November, the B&G decided to have the reception line at the church following the ceremony. My 1 hour that was allotted went down to me climbing up on a wall and getting a group shot of all the attendees. The B&G understood that they were the ones that cut the photo time out of that day and were okay without those shots.




  
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Mar 19, 2013 18:37 |  #11

I'm guessing you mean something like a bridal party photoshoot.

It's usually less than I want or we plan for, 45m-1h is enough to cover all the essentials for a 10 person party if you work fast and/or with an assistant. The size of/access to the location is also sometimes a factor. The longer the better since I like to get creative, use a few lights, different looks etc etc, but I don't think I ever take more than 2.5 hours at one location before it starts becoming redundant.

I've been in some tough spots. ie. 2 hour outdoor daylight shoot down to 10 minutes, stretched from 5, after sunset. At that point we basically go to a formal shot list and make sure we get some good usable portraits. Get 1 group, separate parties, best man/maid of honor, then focus on the couple.

My favorite are the ones we can shoot the couple on a separate day, usually at a nice location with no time limit. That way you don't have to worry about time as much. We still do something on the wedding day, but with much less pressure.



  
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Mar 20, 2013 12:57 |  #12

MGiddings Photography wrote in post #15727300 (external link)
The formal group photographs I allow 30 minutes for the one to ones with the B and G I like to do two 20 to 25 minutes slots.

same here, my couples never have 2/3 hours to spare, max is one hour. It is almost always during cocktail hour right after a ceremony. If the list is on a longer side we do part of it before the ceremony (even though it's not the best thing to do), but again time limitations on a wedding day require to be fast. I do have a list for formals, otherwise it would be just a mess.


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Mar 20, 2013 15:10 |  #13

Usually 30-45 minutes for both family and B&G formals. Anything other than that is gravy.


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Mar 21, 2013 02:42 |  #14

We're having our ceremony around 1pm, with three hours for photos... then photos at sunset. That still leaves heaps of times with our family and guests.

Like I say in my example wedding day timeline (external link), why spend 8 hours getting ready then 8 hours on the wedding day, get ready faster/earlier and spend more time on photos, with your guests, etc.


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Mar 25, 2013 07:52 |  #15

Typically 1 hour.
Sometimes 15 minutes. Sometimes 3 hours.
Depends on how the day's going. There are just too many variables and someone/something is always late!




  
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