ADVICE: WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY TIMELINE | IDEAL TIMES FOR YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY

Thanks to Award Winning Photographer Lee Squirrell Photography


Cyprus Wedding Photographer


We have put the following together to help us all on your wedding day, these are ideal time frames that we believe you should consider when planning your day.  Timings are very important to us so we have the time to capture your day.  Some of these times may seem long on paper but keep in mind that:

  1. the day will fly by

  2. most weddings run slightly behind schedule

  3. we’ll make these photo sessions fun, so it won’t seem like a long time.


THE DETAILS - RINGS, DRESS, SHOES AND OTHER Ideal Time Allotment – 30 minutes Ideal Time of the Day – Morning Ideal Location – Bridal Hotel Room / Villa Advice – Having at least 30 minutes for details ensures that we have plenty of time to get that perfect photo of the dress, rings, shoes, bouquets, and the other details of the day. ​ There are times when a hotel room is too crowded or simply unappealing; we have to take the dress all the way down to the lobby or even outside. This can take some time, but as you can see from the results, it’s well worth the additional work.


PREPARATION Ideal Time Allotment – 90 minutes Ideal Time of the Day – Morning or Early Afternoon Ideal Location – Bridal / Groom Hotel Room / Villa Advice – Having an 90 mins of preparation is ideal for our style. During this time, we are getting close ups of the makeup and hair being applied as well as the candid moments and the bridesmaids and groomsmen getting ready for the day. Keep in mind that these are some of the most emotional and fun times of the day, so you don’t want to cut it short. ​ Please note that we do require a tidy, clutter free room to get the best possible results. We would advise if you are staying in a hotel to ask for your room to be cleaned in the morning before we arrive.  Also make sure no rubbish, drinks cans, crisp packets, dirty clothes etc are laying around.  Make sure the balcony area is clean as possible. 

INDIVIDUAL PORTRAITS Ideal Time Allotment – 30 minutes Ideal Time of the Day – Morning or Early Afternoon Ideal Location – Bridal Room, Grooms Room, Hotel Suite, Venue Lobby, Venue Garden or Villa Advice – Right after prep is the best time for individual portraits of the bride and groom (separately). Besides makeup and hair being completely fresh, the day hasn’t gotten hectic yet so we can take our time and get those perfect portraits. ​ Also, keep in mind that the window lighting in most hotel rooms creates a unique look that can’t be duplicated in any environment throughout the rest of the day.


DAYTIME COUPLES SESSION Ideal Time Allotment – 25-30 minutes Ideal Time of the Day – After Ceremony Ideal Location – Venue Garden, Empty Venue Hallway (shaded areas with natural light) Advice – The first look should be around 25-30 minutes. During this time, the bride and groom enjoy spending time with each other for the first time on the wedding day. Time is spent on a few basic portraits of the bride and groom. ​ Ideally we are saving the bulk of the couples session for later (see the “couples session” section below). However, if there is no other time in the day, it is best to allocate another 25 to 30 mins here so that we make sure we have enough photos of just you two. ​ Bride - Please make sure you have your flowers and make sure your hair is free from any confetti.  Groom - Please make sure you are dressed fully, shirt tucked in if meant to be, tie / bow tie straight and no phone, wallet, keys or bulky items in your pockets.   ​ IMPORTANT - You need to understand that it will likely to be very hot at this time we will do everything we can to speed the process up but please work with us to achieve the WOW end product, remember we will only get one chance to capture your special day at this time. Top Tip:  Drink plenty of water!


FORMALS (EXTENDED FAMILY, IMMEDIATE FAMILY, AND FRIENDS) Ideal Time Allotment – 45-60 minutes Ideal Time of the Day – After Ceremony Ideal Location – Ceremony Site Advice – Formals should take around 45 minutes to 1 hour depending on the size of your family and the number of guests. Plan on 2 to 3 minutes per group on average. For example, if you have 10 group photos, schedule in a 30 minute time slot. Some couples have decided that they want a picture with all guests while others have decided that they only want pictures with select VIPs to save time. We recommend something in between. ​ We also recommend being very organised, with a list of groups and helpers from each side of the family to help round people up.  We would be in contact with you prior to the wedding to discuss this further.  ​ Sunglasses:  Please advise us if you're ok with your guests to wear sunglasses during these photos or not.  If not we will make this clear to your guests at the time.   ​ Bride - Please make sure you have your flowers and make sure your hair is free from any confetti.  Groom - Please make sure you are dressed fully, shirt tucked in if meant to be, tie / bow tie straight and no phone, wallet, keys or bulky items in your pockets.   ​ IMPORTANT - You need to understand that it will likely to be very hot at this time we will do everything we can to speed the process up but please work with us to achieve the WOW end product, remember we will only get one chance to capture your special day at this time. Top Tip:  Drink plenty of water!


CEREMONY / RECEPTION DETAIL AND VENUE Ideal Time Allotment – 15 - 20 minutes Ideal Location – Ceremony Site Ideal Time of the Day – Morning, Afternoon, Early Evening Advice – Please allow 15 - 20 minutes for us to take pictures of the ceremony site, completely set up with no guests or vendors in the area. ​ Before you have the guests seated,  it’s important that we are there to capture the complete set up of your ceremony site so we can capture the scene at its best. 


COUPLES SESSION Ideal Time Allotment – up to 1 hour Ideal Time of the Day – Late Afternoon (Sunset) Ideal Location – Venue Garden, Beach, Hotel Lobby, Park Advice – Couple session should be around 1 hour and should take place ideally 30 to 45 minutes before sunset. The is the best time in terms of lighting. ​ It also allows us to capture the awesome scenic shots with colorful skies.  ​ However, if you booked your venue because of the spectacular view of the ocean or the gorgeous vines in the winery, it’s essential to follow this advice in your timeline. ​ Bride - Please make sure you have your flowers and make sure your hair is free from any confetti.  Groom - Please make sure you are dressed fully, shirt tucked in if meant to be, tie / bow tie straight and no phone, wallet, keys or bulky items in your pockets.   ​ IMPORTANT - You need to understand that it will likely to be very hot at this time we will do everything we can to speed the process up but please work with us to achieve the WOW end product, remember we will only get one chance to capture your special day at this time. Top Tip:  Drink plenty of water and not too much alcohol before the sunset photo shoot, there's nothing worse than feeling ill during this time!


COUPLES SESSION – RECEPTION SNEAK OUT Ideal Time Allotment – 5-15 minutes Ideal Time of the Day – Dusk to Night Time Ideal Location – Areas with interesting lights, fountains, city scapes etc Advice – During the reception, please plan on sneaking out for a couple of night shots. We only need 5-15 minutes, as we understand the importance of being a good host. However, this time is important if you appreciate the night photography that we deliver. The ideal time for this is right after you grab a bite to eat or during the open floor dancing after you’ve danced a few songs and would like a break. ​ Bride - Please make sure you have your flowers and make sure your hair is free from any confetti.  Groom - Please make sure you are dressed fully, shirt tucked in if meant to be, tie / bow tie straight and no phone, wallet, keys or bulky items in your pockets.   ​

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