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I consider it a joy to be working with you to create the perfect timeline for your wedding. While it's not always the most glamorous part, it's one of the most crucial.  A well thought out timeline is the best way to create a stress-free day where you can enjoy every candid moment, effortlessly. First things first, let's start planning your engagement session. 
I love using engagement sessions as a way for us to get to know each other better and get you both comfortable in front of the camera before your big day. This is a great time to show off your style and personality. Here are a few tips to have successful session. 
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Where Should We Take The Pictures?

Often forgotten in the hustle and bustle of the timeline, don't forget to account for the time it takes to travel from each location. Getting ready to ceremony, ceremony to portrait location, etc.

It's so important to consider if you are getting married on a holiday there will be increased traffic.

What Should We Wear?

It's important to consider the time of day and year that you are getting married. Will the wedding be indoors or outdoors?  What time does the sun set that time of year. If you are doing an outdoor ceremony and don't want to do a first look, you will want to consider moving your timeline so there is plenty of daylight to do portraits following the ceremony. 

The Best Lighting

Often forgotten in the hustle and bustle of the timeline, don't forget to account for the time it takes to travel from each location. Getting ready to ceremony, ceremony to portrait location, etc. 

It's so important to consider if you are getting married on a holiday there will be increased traffic. 
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You've scheduled your engagement session. Now what?

In-between securing your date and scheduling your engagement session there is usually a lull of planning. Don't worry, you're on the right track. Most of the details aren't confirmed so it's a bit too early to start the planning process. Don't worry, I won't leave you hanging throughout this process. 

Wedding Milestones

Twelve weeks before the wedding, I will send a detailed questionnaire regarding your wedding day and the nitty-gritty logistics. The questionnaire will contain your shot list, and the have to have images! We wait until closer today so you have a clear idea of what you want!
Eight weeks before your wedding, I will start working with you on a preliminary timeline of your day. I am happy to help throughout this process to create the perfect timeline! We will work together to get it fine-tuned and make sure we get the perfect lighting!

Wedding Timeline Planning

THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN PLANNING

• Will you both be getting ready at the same location? 
• Are you doing a receiving line?
• How far is the ceremony and reception venue?
• Will there be a cocktail hour?
• How many people are in your wedding party?
• How many people are in your family photos?

First Look

1:00 pm | Photographer arrives;
photograph bridal details
1:30 pm | Getting ready photos
2:30 pm | Couple depart separately for first-look
2:45 pm | First-look and couple portraits
3:30 pm | Wedding party portraits
4:00 pm | Family portraits
4:30 pm | Bride freshens up and is tucked away from early arriving guests; photograph ceremony
5:00 pm | Ceremony begins
5:30 pm | Ceremony ends and cocktail hour begins;
6:15 pm | Reception doors open
6:30 pm | Grand entrance of wedding party
6:40 pm | Dinner is served
7:25 pm | Speeches and thank yous
7:45 pm | Couple’s first dance
7:50 pm | Father-daughter dance
7:55 pm | Mother-son dance
8:25 pm | Dance floor opens; bride and groom sneak out for sunset
9:00pm | Photography coverage ends
more coverage can always be added

Without First Look

2:30 pm | Photographer arrives; photograph bridal details
3:00 pm | Getting ready photos
4:00 pm | Groom & groomsmen portraits
4:15 pm | Bride & bridesmaids portraits
4:30 pm | Bride freshens up and is tucked away from early arriving guests; photograph ceremony and reception decor
5:00 pm | Ceremony begins
5:30 pm | Ceremony ends and cocktail hour begins; photograph signing of the marriage license
5:45 pm | Family portraits
6:05 pm | Wedding party portraits
6:25 pm | Couple portraits
7:00 pm | Reception doors open
7:15 pm | Grand entrance of wedding party
7:25 pm | Dinner is served
8:10 pm | Speeches and thank yous
8:25 pm | Cake cutting
8:30 pm | Couple’s first dance
8:35 pm | Father-daughter dance
8:40 pm | Mother-son dance
8:45 pm | Dance floor opens; couple sneak out for sunset or nighttime photos
10:15 pm | Controlled exit
10:30pm | Photography coverage ends
more coverage can always be added
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Tips For Perfect Getting Images

I will always try to find the best natural light when photographing the details. When looking at getting ready locations, try to keep in mind how much light there is. 
Make sure to leave time for a few robe images with your girls before everyone get's dressed. 
Wait to put on your jewelry until you are dressed. 
Don't forget the details. They are a great way to remember a loved one. 
Have your mom or friends get dressed before you so they are ready to help you get dressed.
Write each other a letter before the big day! 

Family Formals

While I will always love beautiful candid moments on your wedding day. There is a place for formal images, and this is the part of the day where we take formal images. Whether small or large, I have few tips to successfully getting through family formals with everyone smiling.  The family formals are the first formals of the day after your ceremony takes place. We get the family images done so they can enjoy the cocktail hour and being with guests. There are a few things to think about when it comes to family formals. 
Fill out the questionnaire with your must have family images.
Awkward family situation and you don't want their bf/gf in the images?! I am happy to help. Let me know about the situation and we can make a game plan. 
Let all family know where to be and what time.
You are welcome to do family formals inside the church and outside if you want both looks. 

Bridal Party

While I will always love beautiful candid moments on your wedding day. There is a place for formal images, and this is the part of the day where we take formal images. Whether small or large, I have few tips to successfully getting through family formals with everyone smiling.  The family formals are the first formals of the day after your ceremony takes place. We get the family images done so they can enjoy the cocktail hour and being with guests. There are a few things to think about when it comes to family formals. 
While I will always love beautiful candid moments on your wedding day. There is a place for formal images, and this is the part of the day where we take formal images. Whether small or large, I have few tips to successfully getting through family formals with everyone smiling.  The family formals are the first formals of the day after your ceremony takes place. We get the family images done so they can enjoy the cocktail hour and being with guests. There are a few things to think about when it comes to family formals. 
Fill out the questionnaire with your must have family images.
Awkward family situation and you don't want their bf/gf in the images?! I am happy to help. Let me know about the situation and we can make a game plan. 
Let all family know where to be and what time.
You are welcome to do family formals inside the church and outside if you want both looks. 
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Couple Portraits

While I will always love beautiful candid moments on your wedding day. There is a place for formal images, and this is the part of the day where we take formal images. Whether small or large, I have few tips to successfully getting through family formals with everyone smiling.  The family formals are the first formals of the day after your ceremony takes place. We get the family images done so they can enjoy the cocktail hour and being with guests. There are a few things to think about when it comes to family formals. 
While I will always love beautiful candid moments on your wedding day. There is a place for formal images, and this is the part of the day where we take formal images. Whether small or large, I have few tips to successfully getting through family formals with everyone smiling.  The family formals are the first formals of the day after your ceremony takes place. We get the family images done so they can enjoy the cocktail hour and being with guests. There are a few things to think about when it comes to family formals. 
Fill out the questionnaire with your must have family images.
Awkward family situation and you don't want their bf/gf in the images?! I am happy to help. Let me know about the situation and we can make a game plan. 
Let all family know where to be and what time.
You are welcome to do family formals inside the church and outside if you want both looks. 
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FAQ

Can I add more coverage on the day?

Yes! Whether it's the week, day, or hour before your big day you're able to add coverage to your big day! 

What Equipment Do You Own?

My camera bag is filled with some of the best cameras, lenses, and lighting equipment. I use Canon gear and own back ups to my back up.

What if we hate getting our picture taken?

I love helping my couples turn from hating getting their picture taken to comfortable and at ease in front of the camera. My goal is to create an atmosphere that is comfortable and easy.

Can I give you Pinterest photos?

I understand that some clients want to recreate photos they find on Pinterest or other such sites. However, I am being commissioned for my style of photography and not the styles of others. A limit of 5 concepts images will be accepted from the clients to "attempt" to recreate, however, the Client understands that it will never be the same due to many factors including but not limited to - the time factor, lighting, backgrounds, models used in a "styled or staged" photo session rather than a real bridal couple under real conditions and many other variables.

I specialize in beautiful wedding and lifestyle photography for stylish, fun, adventurous families and brides & grooms in Upstate NY & Worldwide! I only take a limited number of weddings per year. 
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