Category: Photography

Ideal Wedding Day Photography Timeline

The original post appeared on January 26, 2011 (before I deleted my blog and it was popular). I updated it to reflect changes to how I currently cover weddings. Thank you to Melissa Jill for permission to borrow from her post!

Over the past two five years, I’ve photographed countless weddings. While I’m no expert wedding planner, I thought it might be helpful to share, from a photographer’s point of view, an ideal wedding day timeline.

With this general timeline, I’ve experienced a smooth wedding day and the bride and groom have the opportunity to enjoy their day, stress-free when their timeline is similar.

As a side note: Melissa suggests first and foremost, to hire a wedding planner. She provides an excellent top ten list as to why you should. I know from my own experience, planning a wedding can quickly become a huge burden on your time.

Every wedding is unique and every day will be special to the couple it represents. This timeline is a starting point to designing your day for smooth sailing. As Melissa states, your wedding ceremony time, sunset time, location/weather, transportation time, the amount of time required from your photographer for portraits, the type of reception you want and other cultural elements will all affect the schedule for your day.

This original model has been designed around a sunset time of 6pm. It assumes the bride and groom have decided to see each other before the ceremony for portraits, which I highly recommend. You may read Melissa’s thoughts about first look’s as well. Continue reading…

Photographing Your Child’s First Year | Part VII: 12 Months + Cake Smash

This is the final part of a seven part series on photographing your child’s first year. This series is meant to be a guideline and give you suggestions. Keep your child’s safety a top priority throughout any photo session.

I hope something within this series was useful to you as a new idea, or a reminder of a few things to try. I welcome feedback in the way of comments or an email if you have any specific questions. The first year of your baby’s life is an amazing one. I never understood it as much as I do now, with a son almost two the days get even more exciting (and exhausting, I won’t lie!). It’s time for the final piece to the puzzle… 12 months!

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Photographing Your Child’s First Year | Part VI: 10-11 Months

This is the sixth part of a seven-part series on photographing your child’s first year. This series is meant to be a guideline and give you suggestions. Keep your child’s safety a top priority throughout any photo session.

They are almost a year old, but not quite yet. A little more baby time left in them before they start to go full force into the world walking and talking. This is another lesser paid attention time since everyone is anticipating the first birthday. Don’t forget these months, there still is a lot that will change in the following weeks!

It’s Tub-time!
Prior to this month, it might have been difficult for your baby to sit in the tub without needing to be on guard the whole time. Now, they might be sitting or crawling around happily playing with bubbles and toys. This is the time to capture those sweet bath-time moments. Just make sure not to share any private parts.

Getting down low helps you to capture their enjoyment, minus anything you don’t want to show others.

Go to the playground.
If your little one is adventurous, this the time to take them to the park and snag those moments. Climbing up stairs, sliding down the slide, or swinging in baby swings is just right for this age. They can hold themselves up, so you can back away a little to give them space to explore.
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Photographing Your Child’s First Year | Part V: 8-9 Months

This is the fifth part of a seven-part series on photographing your child’s first year. This series is meant to be a guideline and give you suggestions. Keep your child’s safety a top priority throughout any photo session.

Ah, the eighth and ninth months seem to go by without much fanfare. What’s wonderful about these months is your baby’s strength and personality. I’m going to keep this post simple since there isn’t a whole lot of change from the past few months in regards to what you want to capture.

Remember from the last post:

  • Use a faster shutter speed.
  • Get down low.
  • Look into their eyes.
  • Capture their reactions.

Play dress-up or with Characters.
These months are fun to dress them up and do a little experimenting with characters. My husband loves Superman, so it only seemed right to pretend Monkey was Clark Kent for a little while after his holiday photo session.

Get them to look away.
Previously in the series, I suggested you look straight into their eyes and deep into their soul. During these months, they’ll be bored with looking at you and instead interested in the world around them. Grab some images of them looking off camera as a formal portrait or two. Continue reading…