GIRLFRIEND'S GUIDE TO WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY: THE SKINNY ON WEDDING DAY COVERAGE

As a newly engaged couple you are faced with a million and one decisions about everything from color of your tablecloths to what shoes you will wear on your feet. And it can be daunting!

One of the biggest questions I get is "How much coverage do I really need?!" and since we all know I'm the world's worst salesperson and will actually talk my clients out of coverage they don't need... I'm about to set it all down in writing to help this be one of the easier decisions for you to make.

So here we go, based on number of hours of coverage... your guide to how much time you really need.

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TWO HOURS OF COVERAGE

Coverage includes: Limited getting ready, Ceremony and Environmentals

This coverage is perfect for the couple that has a simple ceremony, an intimate group of guests (five or less) and really wants a bulk of their photo time to be focused on environmental photos of just the two of them.

Locations: One location only

SAMPLE TIMELINE:

  • 10-1030AM: Photographer Arrives, Bride and Groom Details, Limited Getting Ready
  • 1030AM: Ceremony Start
  • 1045AM: Ceremony End
  • 11-1145: Bride and Groom Portraits (Environmentals)
  • 11:45-12PM: One Extra Activity (ie Toast and Cake cutting, Guest Photos, etc)

Perfect for: Elopements, Court House Civil Services or Vow Renewals

Doesn't Suit: Multiple Locations, Large Weddings, More than one wedding event

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FOUR HOURS OF COVERAGE

Coverage includes: limited pre-wedding, ceremony, portraits and first dances -or- no pre-wedding and almost complete reception coverage

This coverage is perfect for the couple that finds either the pre-wedding getting ready _or_ reception are most important to them but still want their day documented, has less than 40 guests or wants additional coverage/locations for their elopements.

Locations: One location or two locations within less than 5 minutes of each other (without worry of traffic)

SAMPLE TIMELINE:

  • 10-1030AM: Photographer Arrives, Bridal Details & Getting Ready (Getting dressed only, Bride's hair/make-up are finished and bridal party is dressed upon arrival)
  • 1030-1045AM: Bride and Bridal Party Portraits
  • 1045-1115AM: Groom Details and Groom Getting Ready
  • 1115-1130: Groom and Groomsmen Portraits
  • 1145: Ceremony Starts
  • 12PM: Ceremony Ends
  • 12-1215: Bridal Party Portraits
  • 1215-1230: Family Portraits (Group portraits only)
  • 1230-115PM: Bride and Groom Portraits (Environmentals)
  • 1:15PM: Grand Entrance
  • 115-140PM: First Dances
  • 140-2PM: Guest Candids

Perfect for: Backyard weddings, Elopements with multiple locations, Small weddings with 50 guests or less.

Doesn't Suit: Weddings with multiple locations. Long receptions or extensive details to be photographed. Cannot accommodate full getting ready, receiving lines, extended family portraits or large wedding parties.

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SIX HOURS OF COVERAGE

Coverage includes: limited pre-wedding, ceremony, portraits and an hour of reception coverage

This coverage is perfect for the couple that want pre-wedding activities documented but would rather rely on guest photos for their reception or doesn't place as much importance on the celebration portion of the day.

Locations: One location or two locations within 15 minutes of each other

SAMPLE TIMELINE:

  • 10-1115AM: Photographer Arrives, Bridal Details & Getting Ready (Hair/Make-up Artist will be almost finished with bride upon arrival, Bridesmaids will be dressed and ready)
  • 1115-1145AM: Bride and Bridal Party Portraits
  • 1145AM-1205PM: Groom Details and Groom Getting Ready
  • 1205-1230PM: Groom and Groomsmen Portraits
  • 1230: Ceremony Starts
  • 1245PM: Ceremony Ends
  • 1245-115PM: Family Portraits (Group and limited individual)
  • : Family Portraits (Group portraits only)
  • 1230-115PM: Bride and Groom Portraits (Environmentals)
  • 1:15PM: Grand Entrance
  • 115-140PM: First Dances
  • 140-2PM: Guest Candids

Perfect for: Backyard weddings, Elopements with multiple locations, Small weddings with 50 guests or less.

Doesn't Suit: Weddings with multiple locations. Long receptions or extensive details to be photographed. Cannot accommodate full getting ready, receiving lines, extended family portraits or large wedding parties.

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EIGHT HOURS OF COVERAGE

Coverage includes: pre-wedding, ceremony, portraits and reception coverage

This coverage is perfect for the couple that can't imagine a moment of their day not being documented.

Locations: Multiple

SAMPLE TIMELINE:

  • 10AM: Photographer Arrives and photographs Bridal Details & Hair/Make-up
  • 1030AM: Second Shooter Arrives and photographs Groom's Details
  • 1045-1100AM: Bride Getting Ready
  • 1100AM: Groom Getting Ready followed
  • 1115-1130AM: Groom and Groomsmen Formals
  • 1115-11:45: Bride and Bridesmaids Formals
  • 1130AM: Groom Departs for Ceremony Location
  • 1145AM: Bride Departs for Ceremony Location
  • 1200: Ceremony Starts
  • 1230PM: Ceremony Ends
  • 1230-1245PM: Family Portraits
  • 1245-1PM: Bridal Party Formals
  • 1PM: Cocktail Hour Begins
  • 115-145PM: Bride and Groom Portraits (Environmentals)
  • 1:45PM: Grand Entrance
  • 145-2PM: First Dances
  • 2-230PM: Toasts & Speeches
  • 2:30-3PM: Dinner is Served / Photographer Break
  • 3:15PM: Cake Cutting
  • 315-345PM: Cake is Served / Open Dancing
  • 4PM: Anniversary Dance
  • 415-545PM: Open Dancing or Other Reception Activity
  • 5:45PM: Staged Bride & Groom Departure
  • 6PM: Photographer Departs

Perfect for: All weddings

Doesn't Suit: Weddings with locations 30 minutes or more apart or couples that have a pre-planned grand departure with activities like fireworks.

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TEN OR MORE HOURS OF COVERAGE

Coverage includes: EVERYTHING

This coverage is perfect for the couple that has elaborate departures planned, has more than 200 guests, wants extensive bridal party photos taken or multiple locations with 30 minutes or more of a drive.

Locations: Multiple

Perfect for: All weddings with a large number of guests, travel during the day, long breaks between ceremony and reception or for the couple that really wants to make sure every moment of their day is documented from sunrise to sundown.

Doesn't Suit: Small weddings at one location.

YM PHOTOGRAPHY TIMELINE PLANNERS

Since we love helping you plan your day, download one of our interactive timeline planners. Just download and open on your ipad, cell phone or computer to start planning today!

Half Day Wedding (pre-wedding coverage / no first look)

Half Day Wedding (pre-wedding coverage w/ first look)

Half Day Wedding (reception coverage)

Full Day Wedding (w/First Look)

Full Day Wedding (No First Look)

STAY FABULOUS!

Yesenia and Staff

Interested in more wedding day photography planning tips, check out the rest of our Girlfriend's Guides to Wedding Photography by clicking HERE.

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THREE NAILS PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP | YM PHOTOGRAPHY

One of my favorite wedding photographers is Hunter Leone of Three Nails Photography. I've followed him since one of his first styled sessions went viral... we're talking years here and totally in a creepy, facebook stalkerish way. I have no shame when I admire someone. Anyway, I'd see his workshop announcements come out and wish I could go but business or family always seemed to be a pressing priority. Then he announced his final workshop and I knew, right then and there, short of selling my children to the circus... I was going to be at that workshop! So signed up and last week, packed my bags and set off for Shreveport, Louisiana. 

First, let me give you a quick review of the workshop... it was AH-MAZ-ING. I mean I learned more in the first day of the workshop than I've learned in a while (and ummm... let's not forget I just finished my Bachelors of Photography so that's saying a lot). Learning from Hunter was like learning from a friend. He was so personable, willing to let all his "secrets" out to help his attendees learn all they could and insanely funny. That man can tell a story like there is no tomorrow... it kept us engaged and enthused. I seriously embrace the community over competition movement in the photography world and Hunter lives it. All I can hope, is that he decides one day to offer these workshops again because I think every photographer should attend at least once. 

The biggest take away from this workshop for me was that it is okay to shoot things the way I want. I felt for the first time in a long time that I could truly express myself through my photography just the way I have always envisioned and wished for. Yup, personal growth at it's finest. Shout out to Hunter for being inspiring. 

Each of his workshops has a theme... this one's was Oliver Twist. It was fascinating to know that with every styled session he sets up, he forms this back story and it is evident in every decision he makes. I'm fairly certain this is what makes his images so successful. 

So, let's get on to the pictures... my work from Hunter's set styling and posing. 

THE MARRIAGE OF A CHIMNEY SWEEP

STYLING AND POSING BY: HUNTER LEONE, THREE NAILS PHOTOGRAPHY

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Bryan & Remi | OLD DALEY ON CROOKED LAKE | Averill Park, NY Wedding

The minute I met Bryan and Remi, I knew they were the right clients for me. Bryan for his past service in the Air Force and Remi... well, Remi because she was just the most perfect bride ever. From their engagement session to their album design, they have been amazing clients to work with. Then add in the fact that they chose the beautiful Daley Inn on Crooked Lake as their wedding location and that was the icing on the cake. 

BRIDE PRE-WEDDING

Groom pre-wedding

FIRST LOOK

THE BRIDAL PARTY

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THE CEREMONY

THE RECEPTION

BRYAN AND REMI

THEIR PREVIEW

THEIR AMAZING VENDORS

Floral Designer: Blooms Weddings and Events
Cake Designer: Coccadotts Cake Shop
Makeup Artist: Erin Muller Makeup
Cinema and Video: Mountain Mint Films
DJ: SEH Entertainment
Event Venue: Old Daley on Crooked Lake

Michael & Kelsey | THE SAGAMORE HOTEL | Bolton Landing on Lake George, NY Wedding

Kelsey spent her summers enjoying beautiful Bolton Landing, NY lakeside at the Sagamore Resort. When she was five she told her father that she would be married there some day. Years later, after finding the love her life, that dream came true. I can't say enough what an honor it was to work with this amazing couple in my amazing hometown. 

BRIDAL DETAILS

BRIDE PRE-WEDDING

GROOM DETAILS

GROOM PRE-WEDDING

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THE FIRST LOOK

THE BRIDAL PARTY

THE CEREMONY

THE RECEPTION

MICHAEL & KELSEY

THEIR VENDORS

Venue & Catering: The Sagamore Resort
DJ: Andy Pratt Professional Disc Jockey Service
Bridal Bouquet: The Bouqs Company

www.ymphotography.com | YM Photography | Bolton Landing on Lake George, NY Engagement and Wedding Photographer

 

Stephen & Rene | NATIONAL MUSEUM OF DANCE | Saratoga Springs, NY wedding

The National Museum of Dance was one of the places I daydreamed as a little girl who wanted to be a ballerina. It's also one of the wedding venues that topped my list of dream wedding venues so when I met with Stephen and Rene, I knew they were the couple for me. Their wedding was full of amazing details all designed by Rene using the 2017 Pantone color of the year, Greenery. Then there was Pumpkin the pug... who captured my heart during their engagement session. Including their beloved family pet in the wedding festivities was the best detail of all. Add in the beautiful Skidmore College, Wilson Chapel and you have the perfect wedding day. 

BRIDAL DETAILS

BRIDE PRE-WEDDING

GROOM PRE-WEDDING

DAD'S FIRST LOOK

FIRST LOOK

THE TROLLEY RIDE

THE CEREMONY

THE RECEIVING LINE

THE COCKTAIL HOUR

THE RECEPTION

THE BRIDAL PARTY

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STEPHEN & RENE

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THEIR PREVIEW

THEIR VENDORS

Ceremony Venue: The Wilson Chapel, Skidmore College
Reception Venue: National Museum of Dance Weddings
Lodging: Hilton Garden Inn Saratoga Springs
Hair: Cherry Blossom Belle - Lexie Voelker
Make-up: JL Beauty Inc. - Jessica Lafata
DJ: @Conover Entertainment - Jon Conover
Baker: J & S Watkins Homebaked Desserts
Catering: The Century House

www.ymphotography.com | YM Photography | Bolton Landing on Lake George, NY Engagement and Wedding Photographer