12 Time Saving Tips for Wedding Photography / Charleston / Myrtle Beach

Wedding Photography Tips by Pasha Belman Photographers in Myrtle Beach and Charleston SC

Your wedding day is near and while you are still working on final touches for your timeline, we would like to share with you 12 tips that will help you save time during the wedding day and utilize more time for your beautiful wedding day photos. The key to getting great photos is discussing your timeline in detail with your photographer and allocating time buffers for the unexpected moments early in the day. This will help to ensure that everything goes by the plan and photographer’s time is used wisely. .


Choosing getting ready location

When you are planning your wedding day, choose a getting ready location that is spacious and full of natural light. We will take a good amount of photos there, from candid moments with your bridesmaids and bridal details to putting a dress on and your first bridal portrait. Please, choose the environment with many windows, light muted- color walls and lots of unfurnished space. 2.

Hair and makeup scheduling

Ask your hair and makeup artist for an estimated time on how long it will take to get everyone pampered, and then add 1 hour (!) as a buffer. This will help to ensure that non of the planned photos are missed or cut short because hair and makeup took longer than anticipated (which happens very often). It’s not only that. Not following the planned timeline may create the unnecessary stress for you, and might not help with looking relaxed and radiant in your photos. 3.

Tidy up the getting ready room

Before taking your getting ready photos, we will set the stage for things to happen but we will need help from your bridesmaids. Please make sure all their personal items and bags stay away from the sight and the furniture like couches, chairs, coffee table, etc. Make sure that any boxes, changes of clothes and other items that you don’t want us to photograph are away from the sight. We will still tidy up the room by moving things out of the way if needed, but the less time we spend doing it, the more beautiful photos you will receive. 4.

Getting ready for mother of the bride

Wedding day is a busy day for the mother of the bide and often her hair and makeup is not done until the last moment. As a result, when you are about to put your wedding dress on, your mom is not there to share this special moment with you because she is still getting ready herself. That is why we recommend having her hair and makeup done early and have her dressed in her gown by the time you are ready to put your dress on. 5.

Bride’s details and invites

After greeting everyone and assessing the light, the next thing we do is getting detail shots. They make a nice start to the story of your wedding day and act as a warm up for us and for people in the room who need some time to get used to having photographers around. The detail shots include: photo of the wedding dress on a hanger bride’s details and accessories (shoes, necklace, earrings, bracelet, his and her wedding bands, engagement ring, personalized ring box (like Mrs. Box ring box), veil, hair accessories, purse, perfume, lipstick, flowers, personalized handkerchief, etc.) formal invitations and all stationary items. Please, prepare two unprocessed envelopes (one with stamps attached to it), separate set of stamps, two sets of invites and rsvp cards with envelopes, two sample place cards, two programs, and a save-the-date card. All the above items need to be organized in one place (for example, a shoebox) before we arrive to the getting ready location. 6.

Keep photographers in the loop

While we photograph detail shots, we try to always be aware of what else is happening around us. However, if you know that a special moment is about to happen, please keep us informed whether it is a gift exchange, a toast with your girlfriends, a first look with your dad or anything else that you don’t want us accidentally miss. 7.

Portraits of the bride

If there is no major shift in the timeline and we still have time after the dress is on, we will try to take couple quick bridal portraits as this is the freshest and most perfect you will look all day. Ideally, there will be 10-minute time slot allocated for this intimate pre- ceremony moment. 8.

Bouquets and boutonnieres

Please make sure that bouquets are delivered to the getting ready location before you put on your wedding dress. Ideally, the flower stems will be dried with a towel by the time we are ready to take you and your bridesmaids outside for formal photos. Gentlemen should arrive to the the location for their formal photos on time already wearing their boutonnieres. If boutonnieres are yet to be put on at the location of their formal photos, they need to arrive 15 minutes earlier and a designated in advance person should wait for them and be responsible for attaching their boutonnieres. Photographers should not be expected to attach boutonnieres. 9.

Formal family photos and designated person in charge

Please, prepare a shot list for your group portraits. We advise to reserve this list to immediate family only in order to allow more time for your photos with your husband. Additionally, with a shorter list, we can try different set-ups and allow each person to comfortably lean, sit, or turn at different angles that are most flattering to them. It takes time to place each person into the space and work with each individual — you can't rush through that. Also, in order to streamline the process, please have a designated person in charge of the shot list. This person should know your family members by name and should be able to help us identify each person on the list. 10.

Special guests at your wedding

If you have any special guests, like an aunt you have not seen for many years or a close relative with very serious health issues, you can either incorporate portraits with them into your group pictures after ceremony (for situations with short group shot list only!) or plan for these photos in the downtime during reception (highly advised). In the later case, the person in charge of the shot list should help us locate the special guests to be photographed. As mentioned in our contract, wedding is an uncontrolled event and we are not responsible if any of the requested photos are missed. However, we will try our best to accommodate your requests. 11.

Feeding your wedding photographers

We will usually ask to eat at the same time as you do because neither you nor your guests want to be photographed while chewing their meals. Many wedding venues arrange meals for the wedding staff after everyone else is fed, but there should be an exclusion for the photographers. We expect to be fed at the same time as the wedding party, so that we don’t miss any important moments and ready to photograph your speeches directly after the meal. Please, make sure this important planning tip is properly communicated to the event coordinator and the kitchen staff. 12.

Wedding Cake cutting

Approximately 15 minutes before cake cutting occurs, we would like to communicate with your wedding day coordination about optimal position of the cake and where you and your husband need to stand while cutting it. Please, remember, that traditionally your husband will be holding the knife while you put your hand on his hand helping him to cut the first slice. These are just a few suggested tips based on our experience. If you have any questions, please give us a call and we will be glad to go over any specifics of your day. We are very excited to be there with you and meet your family and friends!

Traditionally, father-of-the-bride is in the spotlight on the wedding day. He is the one to walk her down the aisle and give her away. He is the one who gets to dance with his daughter during father and daughter dance. We take our pride in capturing these wedding moments perfectly. Traditionally, father-of-the-bride is in the spotlight on the wedding day. He is the one to walk her down the aisle and give her away. He is the one who gets to dance with his daughter during father and daughter dance. We take our pride in capturing these wedding moments perfectly. But there is one common thing in these moments. During your walk down the aisle or father-daughter dance, you and your dad are surrounded by all your wedding guests. This is when everyone’s attention is on you two. These moments are very special but they are not private. As top wedding photographers in South Carolina, we always search for unexpected private moments. Even if you plan for these moments, they are totally different every time just like people in them, and that’s what excites us the most.


We encourage our brides to allocate extra 10 minutes on their wedding day timeline for this amazing photography opportunity. See for yourself why.


One of the special moments before ceremony is giving him a special gift when your wedding photographers are around. If you planning a first look with your dad, this is when you can plan to give your gift to him.


Right after the bride is ready, we usually take her and her parents with other close family members for formal family portraits. This is when unexpected hugs usually happen.


Depending on the environment restrictions, the moment of you with your dad before you step onto the aisle is something we try to capture. Let us know what wedding venue you are planning for your wedding day ceremony and we will assess this amazing photography opportunity for you. 


These five amazing wedding day photography opportunities with your dad will create more photos for you to cherish for many years to come. But it does not mean you have to wait for these special moments to give your dad extra hug and remind him how much you love him. As always, we will be around to create amazing photos for you.


If you love what you see and looking for wedding photographers in Myrtle Beach, Charleston, Charlotte, NC, Columbia or Greenville, SC, please let us know. We go above and beyond for our clients and we do everything to make sure your day is full of amazing photography opportunities. Contact your Myrtle Beach Wedding Photographers at Pasha Belman Photography today. - CONTACT FORM