March 2, 2019

Introducing the most informative wedding timeline guide ever!

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Introducing the most informative wedding timeline guide ever!

A photo guide to help future brides plan their timeline on their wedding day to achieve amazing photos.

Bridal Details (25 minutes minimum)

When I arrive I will be photographing your wedding dress, shoes, bouquet, etc. Make sure that all of your details are organized and ready to be photographed.  Please make sure that your wedding dress is out of the bag and hanging up and invest in a nice hanger! It doesn’t’ have to have your name on it, a wooden hanger looks just as nice. I can’t tell you how many times I see a beautiful wedding dress hanging up with a clear plastic hanger.  I want to make sure that both the bride and the groom’s rings (including the marriage band) are with the bride in her suite. If you plan on reading any letters that you have written to each other, I want to make sure I capture your reactions. Please make note of this on your questionnaire.

Remember to keep the getting ready room clutter free as possible. It can make it difficult to maneuver to get the best angles. Plus, a messy room doesn’t look all that flattering in your wedding photos. I also would love for the makeup artist to positions her makeup station towards the brightest window in the room.

Bridal getting ready (45 Minutes Minimum)

During this a part of the day, I’m going to capture you putting on your wedding dress and your details. Mother of the bride, maid of honor and bridesmaids should all be dressed and ready to go. They all will take part in helping you get ready. Things to consider. Some brides like to have a first look with the father of the bride. A few brides will also want bridal boudoir photos before getting completely ready. These images are photographed in an elegant and tastefully way. Think Victoria Secret fashion. I will need to know ahead of time so I can plan it accordingly.

Please keep in mind, my second photographer and myself do not split up during the bride and groom getting ready photos. I rely on my second shooter to assist me with lighting and also getting creative angles. As your lead photographer, I want to make sure that nothing is missed and I tell your story from start to finish.

Bridal Portraits (30 Minutes Minimum)

These images are always a very important part of your story and we don’t want to cut time from this part of the day. This is when I will photograph my awesome bride alone is the most flattering light available during that time.

Groom Portraits (30 Minutes Minimum)*unless you have a bada$$ car, motorcycle or horse*

groom getting ready newhall mansion 

Grooms, I don’t want to leave you out, it is your day too! believe it or not, I modeled internationally in my twenties. I know a thing or two when it comes to posing tips for guys. Groom photos are one of my strong points and I want you to look like you were featured in a Hugo Boss ad in QG magazine. Trust me! Y’all have a little GQ in you!


First Look (25 Minutes Minimum)

A first look is preferred and There are many benefits to having one. I chose to do a first look myself and I was happy I did because I got all sappy. To me, it was more intimate and personal and I felt that I didn’t have to hide my emotions because everyone was watching us. However, I do respect your decision if you choose not to. Please check out my blog post on “first look vs Traditional”  to get a better understanding if you’re on the fence on deciding.

Wedding Party: (25-45 Minutes Minimum) It all depends on how big your bridal party is and how much adult beverages that have been consumed.

You and your fiancé chose these individuals to be a part of your wedding party for a reason. So let’s have some fun and make sure we capture each of their unique personalities. This part of the day can be captured right after the first look or right after family photos are finished after the wedding ceremony. I always like to capture a formal wedding photo, a “high fashion” vogue and then a fun photo. I typically photograph the bride with bridesmaids, bride with groomsmen, groom with bridesmaids, groom with groomsmen, full wedding party together, and individuals of the bride with bridesmaids and groom with groomsmen.

Family Formals: (25-45 Minutes Minimum)

*depends on how large list is*

Ninety percent of the time family formals will be photographed right after the wedding ceremony. If you have chosen to do the first look we can schedule them right after, as long as everyone is present. I like to get these images photographed in a timely manner, 2-3 minutes per grouping. I will be sending you a family shot list to fill out prior to the wedding day.  It’s also very helpful to assign a relative to help read off the names to each grouping because I don’t know everyone by name. My goal is to finish too early, so we can get your guest back to the cocktail hour and we can get a few more photos together.

Reception Room Details: (20 Minutes Minimum)

Whenever your reception room is completely ready to be photographed, I will then capture all your wedding details, centerpieces, and the entire room. You have taken lots of time and thought into the ambiance of your wedding decor and I want to make sure I photograph all of your hard work. These images will pay a be part in one of your album spreads.

Sunset Romantics  (45  Minimum)

This is where I make magic and I don’t want to be rushed. If you want amazing images please allow me this time. 🙂

In photography, the golden hour is the period of daytime shortly after sunrise or before sunset, during which daylight is redder and softer than when the Sun is higher in the sky. This light will be the most complimenting for both of you and I don’t want to miss it! These images will be your wow images!

Night portrait (20 minutes Minimum)

wedding night shot

This will be one of the final images that I will capture for you. This will allow me to close your album by creating an amazing night portrait of you two. In a perfect world, I’d like to take this image at dusk when the sky is at its bluest but I can always make magic if this time is not available.


If you’re planning a wedding in the Dallas Fort Worth Area including Granbury, Weatherford, Denton, McKinney, Plano, grand prairie and the surrounding area. I’d love to be a part of your special day! Send me an email and let’s chat!


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