One of the questions that I get asked over and over again is “ how much time do we need for the formals?” There’s no right answer, it depends on what you want to accomplish. If you want the coverage to focus on the candids and the posed pictures are not important to you then you can allocate a short block of time. If however that’s one of the things you loved when looking at wedding images, in other words, it’s very important, you must set aside at least an hour if not two. Timing will depend on where you’re shooting and if you need to include travel time, how many people are involved (bridal party and family) and if this is happening before the ceremony. Shooting formals before the ceremony is the best way to schedule it, otherwise you’ll likely miss the cocktail hour or keep your guests waiting until you finish. With that I must add that hair, make-up and dressing must all be done on time. Plan on all of it taking longer. One of my biggest disappointments is loosing shoot time because prep is taking a lot longer than planned.
And so I move on to Ajeet and Ashmedh’s fourth and last wedding blog post. You can see what resulted when we had a generous amount of time for the formals. We were able to get a nice amount of variety and even get silly with some of the family shots.
Ajeet & Ashmedh had a formal reception in the groom’s hometown of Raleigh, NC a week after the wedding. In earlier visits to Raleigh, Ashmedh’s new bride had fallen in love with the natural elements of his hometown, so they decided to do wedding portraits in the rustic surroundings – first at Yates Mill County Park and then at the area’s famous farmer’s market. This was so much fun – despite the sweltering heat and humidity of this southern town! We all later met their families at the historic Washington Duke Inn on the campus of Duke University where we were able to capture the late afternoon light to take gorgeous family photos on the patio by the golf course. The following affair was a relaxed intimate gathering of friends and family. Of all the amazing dresses the Ajeet wore over the 3 days of celebrating this one in Raleigh is by far my favorite.