Archive: April 2018

Lauren and Aaron's Luxury Vizcaya Wedding

Posted on April 27, 2018

BELOW: What a beautiful couple! This is just one of Lauren and Aaron's bridal portraits. Vizcaya Museum & Gardens is an amazing place for wedding pictures. This beautiful portrait was taken by Jeff Kolodny Photography staff wedding photographer Albert.


Lauren and Aaron’s wedding was originally planned to take place at the Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo. Unfortunately, this amazing and uniquely private resort in the Upper Keys sustained some hurricane damage a few weeks prior to their wedding date, so at the last minute they had to change venues. Thanks to their highly efficient planner, Andi Dyal or Anje Soirees, the couple secured another magnificent South Florida venue for their wedding – the incomparable Vizcaya. With it’s fantastic European architecture and feel, Vizcaya is a favorite for couples looking to have a very different Miami wedding than just at a hotel resort. Situated on the water, it’s views are gorgeous and it’s lush manicured gardens equally breathtaking. What could have been a postponement became a beautifully executed wedding at one of the most favored locations in all of South Florida. Albert and Amy had a great time photographing Lauren and Aaron’s wedding along with our stellar video team that day.

BELOW: Taken at the SLS Hotel Brickell. Lauren opens a pre wedding card and gift from the groom. This image was photographed in camera Raw and later converted to a black and white wedding photo. By converting this image to black and white we were able to eliminate any color distractions which allows the viewer to easily focus on the brides expression. Also the photographer felt that black and white would give the wedding photo more of a photo-journalistic look.


Where and how they met?
Lauren grew up in Medina, Ohio and Aaron grew up in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Lauren graduated from Ohio University where she played soccer and Aaron graduated from the University of South Carolina, Beaufort, staying close to his hometown of Hilton Head to improve his golf game!

After graduation, both Aaron and Lauren made the spontaneous decision to move to Orlando, FL, where they would meet! Lauren moved to Florida to follow her family (parents in the Keys and sister at the University of Florida) and Aaron moved for a job – which led them to the company they both worked for in Orlando.

Aaron was already working at the company when Lauren arrived at the same company in the spring of 2013. They immediately discovered they had a lot in common – They both love their families, dogs (especially their own – shout out to Dexter & Briggs), being on the water, sports and really enjoy good food!

Turns out, the company they were working for has a policy where internal employees are discouraged from dating each other…. Because why would anything be easy?!? They both tried to fight off the obvious connection (those charming blue eyes and perfectly groomed beard of Aaron’s didn’t help ? Once they realized this was not a fight either of them would win, they were ready to take the next step. After a lot of stress and a year of keeping their dating a secret, they finally mustered up the courage to tell their boss. Luckily (!!!), everything worked out and they were able to finally tell their friends… And go out together in public ?. (Chinese at home was getting pretty old).

BELOW: Another black and white photo-journalistic wedding photograph. In this case Albert didn't pose. Instead he placed the bride and her parents in the perfect location so that the instant they saw each other he would have the shot. Often it's up to the photographer to choose the location based on lighting and background. Once the photographer has done this, it's up to the bride and her parents to give the photographer the gift of a great expressive moment.


Below: While it's important to get pre-wedding photos of the bride getting ready, it's also important to get photos of the groom and his guys getting ready. A color photo in this case worked well showing off the pink tie that needed ironing.


Initial thoughts/impressions when they meet each other for the first time
Lauren and Aaron both tried to fight the initial “click” they both felt as they knew there would be obstacles to overcome if they chose to be in a relationship due to the “no dating policy” at work. They both went back and forth about how they should proceed, but ultimately, Aaron made the first move and there was no turning back! Both Aaron and Lauren had an instant connection and had a feeling this would be worth the adventure and were up to the challenges that could lie ahead. They obviously both love a challenge and this one was the best adventure yet for both of them.

BELOW: There is no place at Vizcaya Museum that screams "This is Vizcaya!" Between the beautiful brick work, the colorful mooring posts and the ocean in the background every South Florida wedding planner and photographer knows this was taken at Vizcaya Museum.


BELOW: We can't post a photo of the bride alone without also posting one of the groom alone. This photo of Aaron was taken on the balcony of the SLS Hotel Brickell. Located in the heart of Miami it's a great place for a balcony shot. The Miami skyscrapers in the background also make this photo more masculine.


The proposal
Aaron and Lauren’s favorite place in the world is Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, Florida. Lauren has been visiting Ocean Reef for years with her family. Living in Orlando, they try to make the four hour trip as often as possible, but ALWAYS make sure they’re in the keys for New Years Eve. New Years 2016 was their 4th year celebrating together.

BELOW: Once Lauren was in her wedding gown it was time for Aaron to see her for the first time. This "First Look" moment was arranged by Albert. Usually we place the groom in a location where the bride can walk up behind the groom and tap him on the shoulder. As soon as he turns around he gets to see his bride for the first time on their wedding day.
Five days into Lauren and Aaron’s vacation visiting family at Ocean Reef, Lauren’s sister, Taylor, and her boyfriend, Robert, arrived. Now the fun was really about to begin! One of their favorite activities while visiting Ocean Reef (ok fine, it’s one of LAUREN’S favorite activities) is to take a sunset cruise on the boat where they have a few drinks, appetizers and most importantly, take really cute sunset pictures.
On this particular day, it was Lauren, Aaron, Taylor, Robert and Lauren’s parents on the boat. After a few “dance sessions”, Aaron and Lauren went to the front of the boat to take their “picture.” To put things into perspective, the sunset was absolutely breathtaking – and so were the waves and the wind. :-)

After they took their first picture, Aaron told Lauren they needed to take one more photo. This time he was VERY particular about the sunset being EXACTLY in the background. The next thing Lauren knew; Aaron was down on one knee. All Lauren heard was “Lauren McKenzie Burke….”. Her knees were shaking, both Aaron and Lauren were teary, and both smiling from ear to ear. Lauren was very glad Aaron has good balance because mid speech Lauren jumped on Aaron’s lap to get closer to him and THAT RING!

To be in their favorite place, on the water and with their absolute favorite people – the proposal could not have been more perfect.

They are very lucky that they didn’t drop the ring in the water and that they had multiple people to document such a special moment!



ABOVE AND BELOW: The SLS Hotel has this very colorful wall which is great for taking fun bride and groom photos!


BELOW: Lauren and Aaron decided to bring their entire family to the pre- ceremony photo-shoot.



BELOW: "Infrared Wedding Photography" One of the special types of photography we offer at Jeff Kolodny Photography is Infrared. This is done with a special camera that has been modified to shoot infrared. Images taken with infrared are usually printed as either black and white or sepia. We love shooting a few infrared wedding shots simply because it's something different and unique. Both Jeff Kolodny and Albert own these special infrared cameras.


The wedding planning process
Two days after Aaron and Lauren got engaged in Ocean Reef, they walked into the catering office and asked to meet with the club’s event planner. They both knew that Ocean Reef was 100% the venue that where they wanted to get married. There were only a few dates available in 2017 – One of the weekends happened to be Lauren’s Grandma’s 87th birthday weekend. Lauren’s Grandma, Joan, is loved by many so this was a very easy decision to pick that weekend. What could be better, celebrating Grandma’s birthday and Lauren & Aaron’s marriage! Overall, the wedding planning process went smoothly – up until 27 days before the wedding. On September 9th, 2017 Hurricane Irma hit and devastated the Keys. Lauren’s parents received the call from Ocean Reef a few weeks later saying the devastation from the hurricane had a severe impact on the venue and it would not re-open in time for the wedding. Her parents will not forget the difficult phone call to Lauren and Aaron. With Lauren and Aaron’s determination and optimism they decided nothing was going to stop them from getting married October 21, 2017. With the help of their wedding planner in securing the new wedding venue and hotel accommodations for 200+ guests, Lauren and Aaron would not be disappointed. The wedding was on! No hurricane could stop this group! New vendors were secured and some previously booked vendors were notified of the change in plan and venue.


BELOW: While this photo was not shot in infrared it still has the sepia tone enhancement. One of the reasons why sepia tone wedding pictures are so popular is because they have a timeless appearance. Also, the brown sepia tone matches a persons normal skin tone more closely.



ABOVE AND BELOW: Family portraits are a large part of wedding photography. Some bridal clients have a preference of more black and white photo-journalism, while other client really like carefully posed portraits. We believe your wedding photographer should have the ability to shoot several different styles of wedding photography. While it's true that the wedding day is considered "The Bride's and Groom's special day" often it's a very special day for the parents as well. There are usually many years between the parents age and the bride and grooms age. Because of this age gap style preferences between parents and the bride and groom may differ. Usually the parents will appreciate the more creative images. Often the brides mother is looking for a nice color posed pictures of her and her family as well as some nice couple wedding photos. Because of these different visions it's in everyone best interest if your photographer can shoot several different styles.


The wedding day
This South Florida wedding day truly couldn’t have been more perfect. The girls got wedding ready at the bridal suite at SLS Brickell. Lauren’s “glam squad” is from Orlando where Lauren has been getting her hair done the last five years she has been in Orlando. They were so much fun! Every person silently and secretly watched the weather app hoping that the 80% chance of rain they were predicting would prove to be WRONG!. How it didn’t rain at all, they will never know! Lauren and Aaron chose to do a “first look” before the wedding ceremony and they are both so glad they did! Both were feeling rather anxious the morning of the wedding and after seeing each other, they both were put to ease. Thanks to our South Florida wedding photographers, the photo taking process ran smoothly before the ceremony and enabled the bride and groom, bridal party and families to dive right into the cocktail party and reception immediately following the beautiful ceremony. Two special guests arrived adorned in greenery and white spray rose collars!! The couple’s two dogs met outside Vizcaya for a few photos with the couple.
As the guests arrived via motorcoach from the hotel to Vizcaya, they were greeted with champagne upon their arrival. The ceremony took place on the “Garden Mound” at The Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. This is a breathtaking venue and gardens and the perfect romantic spot the couple had hoped for on their wedding day. A violinist and flutist were available for music during the ceremony. The aisle was adorned blush rose petals with tall arrangements in stone urns with pedestals filled with white hydrangeas, blush garden roses, white and ivory roses and white cymbidium orchids. The bride carried a hand tied cascade of blush and hot pick garden roses, orchids and greenery with ivory, blush and touches of hanging amaranthus in burgundy which was soft and flowery in style. Guests were seated in mahogany chiavari chairs and equipped with cones of blush petals to toss on the exit of the newly married couple. Following the ceremony the new Mr. and Mrs. deVere and guests were led back to the Vizcaya mansion by a single bagpiper playing Trumpet Voluntaire.
Following the cocktail party on the South Terrace of Vizcaya, the guests moved into the sparkling reception on the East Terrace overlooking the Biscayne Bay. The reception decor was in full “bloom” with exquisite florals and candle light and gold sparkle. The band never stopped playing and was very interactive with the dancing guests that never left the dance floor unless it was to enjoy the fantastic display of food on hand.

BELOW: A very fun casual photo of Lauren and her girls. When we shoot our posed bridal portraits we normally start out with a more formal posed picture. However, once the formal posed photo has been taken we change this posed photo into a more casual photo. One of our special tricks to create a casual fun look is to have one of the bridesmaids stand back to back with another girl. Doing this breaks up the pattern of all the girls and throws the pose into a more disorganized looking wedding shot.


BELOW: Wedding ceremony decor is another important element of wedding photography. Here in South Florida most brides and grooms prefer to have an outdoor wedding ceremony. The decor at the ceremony site is usually given special attention. Often the bride has spent hours deciding what flowers should adorn the ceremony. In order to add the element of fun at the conclusion of her wedding ceremony Lauren provided ivory rose petals for the wedding guest to throw after Aaron and Lauren say "I do". (photo on the below right)


BELOW: Lauren's father walking Lauren down the aisle. This is a moment not to be missed. This special moment is usually captured with 2 different cameras. As the bride and her father walk down the aisle their expressions can change from second to second. Having 2 cameras shooting will help insure that all the emotions are captured.


BELOW: The kiss and rose petal toss. These 3 photos were taken by our staff photographer Amy. Amy is our no nonsense get it done photographer. She is always ready for anything. Armed with her high-tech powerful strobe and plenty of battery power she can shoot shot after shot in rapid succession. As a South Florida Destination Wedding Photographer she knows just when the action is about to start and she keeps shooting while walking backwards to capture every second of the bride and grooms first moments as a married couple.


BELOW: With a long telephoto lens Albert shot this after the ceremony hug.


The wedding reception, décor, food, special touches and special moments
Lauren and Aaron both wanted their South Florida wedding to be filled with love, beauty and happiness. Overall, they wanted a romantic feel with the décor by choosing large gold urns with large floral arrangements of hydrangeas, roses, cymbidium orchids, peonies and seed eucalyptus. The tables were adorned in sultry beige dupioni tablecloths, clear glass chargers with gold a gold band with clear glass decorative candlesticks and pillar candles enclosed in glass. The head table seating 22 people had a garland of greenery using eucalyptus and ruscus accented throughout the table with floral clusters. Gold mercury cups and gold candlesticks at different heights were also present. At the ceiling of the tent were five suspended “chandeliers” created from a ghostwood base with trailing greens, foliage and decorative lanterns. Up-lights were located on the sides of the house with a down-wash lighting for the entire tent area and lower terrace area. 23 pin-spots for centerpieces were also used.


BELOW AND ABOVE: Wedding reception decor is what is looked for most often when wedding planners are searching for wedding pictures. It's the wedding decor that sets the look and style of the wedding. Also, wedding reception decor photos help to give a wedding planner ideas in regards to how a certain wedding venue can look. In the past we have seen the same wedding reception venue look entirely different based on the decor.



BELOW: Signature drinks based on the bride and grooms life are a great way to add a fun element to any wedding. Also the signature drink sign can become another piece of wedding decor.


BELOW: The Grand Entrance is another time when the photographer has to be ready for anything. Usually the wedding party has some idea of how they will make their entrance. Sometimes the bridal party will come running into the the reception room with hands raised while others prefer a more entertaining method of making their entrance. Lauren and Aaron's bridal party chose some very cool ways of making their entrance. Because of this high energy event the wedding photographer needs to be well prepared. This means, fresh batteries and a full memory card because anything can happen at this moment. In the past we have seen members of a bridal party enter on a bike, a horse, skateboard, and motorcycle.


The couple chose elegant food stations with a South Florida flare so that guests could have numerous food options at the reception. The caterer outdid himself with the Citrus Chicken, Pepper Seared Filet Mignon Medallions, Paella, Fish Taco Bar, and the Miami Churrasco.
For dessert? Macaroons and of course that INCREDIBLE red velvet cake. The naked cake plated on a gold cake tower was adorned in roses, hydrangeas and orchids
Their gold boxed gifts for their guests included monogrammed golf tees and a monogrammed golf ball – Aaron is an avid golfer, so it was very fitting!



ABOVE AND BELOW: Look at this cake!! This is by far one of my favorite wedding cakes. If course it helps when you have a great florist that adorns the wedding cake with some of the most rare and exotic flowers available.



The band seriously made the reception a night to remember. The guests truly NEVER stopped dancing and the band was so interactive and entertaining! One of my favorite parts of the reception is when guest actually created a second dance floor on the lower terrace near the water and members of the band came from the stage and sang and interacted to both dance floors at the same time!

BELOW: We end this blog post with a beautiful simple walking shot. Walking shots of the bride and groom are one of the easiest ways to get great candid wedding photographs. You can tell from this photo that Lauren and Aaron are having a great time at their wedding.


Feeling at the end of the wedding day
Despite the last minute change of venue and basically re-planning the event in a very short period of time, WE never lost focus of what mattered the most! We just wanted to be married. We feel so fortunate to have been able to relocate our wedding to one of the most coveted South Florida wedding venues - and still have all of our family and friends join us in Miami.

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HOW TO POSE FOR AMAZING WEDDING PICTURES - EVEN IF YOU ARE NOT A MODEL

Posted on April 24, 2018

Every newlywed couple has one or two of their best wedding pictures hanging on their wall or sitting on their mantel. In this age of social media, they’ll probably want to post a few wedding pictures Facebook or Instagram as well as other social media pages. People love great pictures of themselves, especially ones that are flattering. Flattering portraits are a great way to remember one of the best days of your life and are also great conversation starters. Everyone wants to have a picture perfect wedding and great wedding photos to display, but achieving that mantel worthy shot is not always easy. Unless you’re a model or an actor, you’re probably not used to standing in front of a camera. Many people are not aware that there are actual techniques and rules for posing and looking good. Sure there is the occasional selfie or group photo at a party but none of those can really compare to posing for bridal portraits. There is often a lot of pressure when posing for wedding photos because unlike those amazing photos that you see in all those bridal magazines, your wedding day is not staged and you usually won’t get a do over. A little practice in front of a mirror will help you get past the fear of being in front of lens. This article will help you come up with different poses so that your pictures are not static and you always look good.

BELOW: Action Posing, If you feel awkward simply standing in front of the camera, you can break the awkward ice by simply walking. One sequence can become several different poses by changing where each person is looking. For this photo the couple is looking at each other. I also shot the couple looking forward smiling as well as the groom looking at the bride and the bride looking at the groom. This photos of Stacie & Jason was taken at Broken Sound Country Club in Boca Raton, Florida.


Most good photographers will help you with posing. However, it is really up to you to convey the facial expression which comes in part from being confortable with your photographer and confident that your poses will look good. In part, it’s the genuine emotion that helps bring the photographs to life. That being said, here are a few tips to help you pose for your wedding pictures. Also, these posing tips will apply for your honeymoon photos as well as other vacation photos.


ABOVE For this casual bridal photo of Jessica and Steven, Steven shifted his body weight to his back leg. This allowed him to lightly place his forward foot on the ground resulting in a very slightly bent knee. This may seem subtle but the end result is a more relaxed casual portrait. This casual wedding portrait was taken at Boca Raton Resort and Club.

Put Your Best Foot Forward
When posing for a wedding picture, it is advisable to shift most of your weight to your back foot. Since you only need one leg to stand, one foot takes your weight and your other foot becomes your posing foot. By doing this, a girl has many different options in regards to the leg without the weight. For example, you could cross one leg behind the other for a pose with more attitude. This pose usually results in very flattering pictures and is also very simple and versatile.

BELOW, Use your hands to create a more intimate look. Using hands in posing is a good way to become more comfortable with your pose. Hands also create a connection point between the couple. Remember, too many hands will ruin the photo. I always tell my clients, "One Hand Per Person Max" You don't want her hand on top of his hand on top of his other hand. This photo of Erin and Matt was taken at South Beach Park in Boca Raton, Florida


It’s All in The Arms
Instead of having your arms hanging limply at your side, which is often unflattering, you could always stand next to each other and put your “inside” arm around your partner’s waist. Then you can either hold hands in front or the groom can put his hand in his pocket or hold the brides hand - these are classic poses that will add a sense of timelessness to your photos. They are also really simple and you can use them when taking pictures at the beach during your Florida destination wedding or the balcony of a beautiful hotel.

BELOW: Here is Erin and Matt again, For this photo taken for their engagement session, I used a telephoto zoom lens. The telephoto lens creates what is know as compression. It's this compression effect that pulls the ocean in the background closer to the couple. The telephoto lens also flatten facial features making a more beautiful portrait.


Remember that it usually looks better if one hand is doing something in the photo. For example, a hand on a girl’s hip or the groom holding his jacket closed will always look better than a hand hanging straight down.

BELOW: In this photo of Rachel her hand helps guide the viewer to her incredible eyes. This photo was also shot with a telephoto lens 105mm which pushed forward the defocused background separating Rachel from the colorful background. This photo was taken at Marisol Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens, FL


Lens Magic
I am going to let you in on a well kept secret - whatever body part is closest to the camera lens appears bigger. If you want a slimmer waist, push your hips away from the lens and lean the top part of your your body toward the lens. In short, you should move whatever body part you want to emphasize closer to the camera and push away whatever part you want to diminish. Only an inch or 2 will make a huge difference. Following this rule will help the camera serve you.

BELOW: Here is another example of how a telephoto lens helps to make the background look closer to the bride and groom. This photo of Denise and Alex was take at the Boca Raton Beach Club.


You could also have your photographer zoom in for a more flattering appearance. Telephoto lenses create what’s known as compression which flattens facial features. Have you ever watched a televised sporting event in which the camera is far from the athletes? Notice how the background appears to be right behind the athlete when it’s actually a far distance behind? This is telephoto compression at work. Lens compression in a wedding photo makes the nose appear smaller, flattens the eye sockets and pushes back the chin. It’s better for your photographer to stand further away and zoom in than be too close and use a wide angle. As a South Florida Wedding Photographer, I’m always shooting at the beach. Since the beach offers lots of room, it’s easy for me to stand far away and zoom in. This creates the illusion that the person being photographed is standing much closer to the water.

BELOW: You could see in this photo how the groom "Joey" has his weight on his right foot. This allows him to slightly place his left foot forward making a more relaxed portrait. In order to show more of the bride " Marissa's" dress I did what I call a relaxed separation pose. She is not fully attached to the groom but offset by simply having her arm hook the groom's arm.


Emphasize Your Best Side
Perfectly symmetrical faces are rare, meaning that although both sides of your face look the same there are subtle differences to be seen. It is for this reason that you will often hear people mentioning their ‘good side’; this is the side of their face that they find more appealing. If you do not know which side is your best, you could always take selfies with your face tilted towards the left and then the right, you can compare them side by side and decide which side you like best. You could even get a friend or a partner to help you out. Once you have a ‘good side’ you can emphasize it while having your bridal portraits taken.

BELOW: By placing all his weight on one leg this groom was able to use his other leg to complete this pose.



Take Action
Action photography is a good way to take your mind off the your expression while doing something. Just smile and walk. Have your photographer stand in front of you and walk backwards while you walk towards your photographer. The act of walking will help break that frozen “deer in the headlights” facial expression. If walking as a couple, you have many options. You could both look forward, or you could look at each other. The guy can look at the girl or she could look at him. By using the walking pose a photographer can shoot many different poses in only a matter of seconds.

BELOW: Another walking action shot. For this Florida Beach Engagement Photo the bride and groom took a walk along the shore line. I had to have them walk past me several times until her dress blew in just the correct way.


With all these tips and tricks, you can now confidently take amazing wedding pictures. I have been a South Florida wedding photographer for a while now and I have learned that nothing looks better on camera than a genuine smile. So here’s one last piece advice on your wedding day be happy, stay relaxed and be yourself, it is your day after all.

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WHY A GREAT WEDDING NEEDS A GREAT WEDDING TIMELINE

Posted on April 2, 2018

BELOW: Section of a wedding planners timeline. Wedding Planner Anje Soirees


When all the wedding fanfare is over, you’re back from your honeymoon, the wedding dress and tuxedo have been hang neatly in a corner, the gifts are unpacked and the thank you messages have been sent what is left? What is left to remind you of one of the most important day of your life? Apart from the memories in your heart, the pictures in your hand will do a pretty good job of reminding you. Pictures are very important since they immortalize those memories for a long time.


ABOVE: Bride getting ready, Make up artist is applying the bride make-up. It's important that the hair and make-up people start early enough to that everyone being photographed is "Photo Ready" when the photographer arrives.
BELOW: Groom getting ready, Normally the photographer will photograph both the bride getting ready and the groom getting ready. Depending on the timeline this could take an hour or more.


Everyone loves a good photo, but good pictures don’t just happen. Imagine having an amazing Florida destination wedding but having no pictures to show for it because there wasn’t enough time to take those amazing pictures. Good pictures require both patience and precision from the photographer. That is where the importance of having a timeline comes in; a photographer needs ample to set up and composite a perfect photograph without feeling constantly pressed for time.


ABOVE: Photo of the Groom seeing his bride for the first time. After both the bride and groom are finished getting ready it's usually time for the First Look.

After spending many years working as a Florida photographer I have learnt that setting a realistic timeline means that you will provide the photographer with enough time to take pictures of the wedding party and important members of the family. A good timeline usually begins with the hair and makeup people knowing exactly when the photographer will begin taking the photographs. We all know that makeup is a delicate art and no one wants it to end up being a mad dash against time. It is therefore essential to set aside enough time for hair and make-up so that by the time the photographer is set up, everyone is ready to have their pictures taken.

BELOW: Bride and her bridesmaids. The wedding timeline must allow enough time for the photographer to photograph not only the bride and Groom with family members but also enough time to do some fun photos with the wedding party.


As a Florida Photographer, here’s a brief overview of my process:
I usually spend about 1 hour shooting the bride and groom together. I will also spend about 1 hour taking the family photos. Sometimes if there is a large amount of family members I’ll allow more time photographing family. This means I need about 2 to 3 hours photographing the wedding party and important family members. That is why a good timeline is very important to me, because it means everybody knows where they need to be and what time they need to be there.

BELOW: Family Portraits are a huge part of wedding photography. The family photo below was taken before the bride and groom's ceremony.


To further emphasize the importance of having a timeline I have brought in Amber from Oh My Occasions, a very experienced wedding planner, to give her thoughts on the subject of wedding timelines.
In a nutshell, a timeline allows then entire wedding team to be aware of important formalities throughout the day. I personally create 3 different timelines: for the wedding party (with abbreviated information not pertinent to them), for the vendors (with delivery, load in, and strike times) and for my planning team (with detailed information like song choices, processional order, etc.). While there is a rough template of how I create my timelines, I always connect with the photographer to get their ideal timing into my agenda. Everyone shoots differently, so one photographer may tell me they want 20 min for details and the other may want a full hour. That communication allows the timeline to flow smoothly without any rushing.
I tend to work from the middle of the timeline back and then forward. I input ceremony time (when the bride actually walks) first. Then I work backward to determine what time she needs to be ready, which will then determine when Hair and makeup arrives.

So there you have it, thoughts from both a South Florida wedding photographer and a wedding planner on the importance of having a realistic timeline for your wedding.

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