New Years Eve by Ryan Hall

Hi loyal blog readers!

I recently had a grand time photographing New Years Eve Party held at Metronome in Nottingham. It was a large event with roughly 200 attendants, including Djs on the night J Parmar(Kemet Radio), Success Sound, Ghetto Jam Delroy Topnotch Young and JNR B.

Photo By: Ryan Hall - Halls IP

All of the guests showed up with lots of spirit and enthusiasm.

  • Food

  • Bar separate from the party room

  • Sitting area for when you want a break or breather

  • Photobooth by yours truly

I was glad to have been there for all the excitement and happy to share some of that excitement with you here. Hope you enjoy the pictures!



How much time do I need for my photos at my wedding? by Ryan Hall

How much time do I need for my photos at my wedding?

One of our most frequently asked questions is: How long should I book my wedding photographer for? This is a great question, and we’re here to help you find the answer. If you’re trying to plan out your timeline for your big day, we have compiled some helpful timing tips to help you figure out your schedule.

Here are some basic time frames of the main events:

• First Look/Reveal: 15 min

• Ceremony: This varies depending on type of ceremony.

Traditional Ceremony: 30 minutes

Full Catholic Mass: 1 hour and 30 minutes

Non-Full Mass Catholic Wedding: 45 minutes

• Getting Ready: 1 hour to 1 hour and 30 minutes (It’s going to more than likely take longer to get ready, but this is the amount of time we cover the getting ready process.)

• Bride and Bridesmaids Photos: 30 to 45 minutes (depending on size of bridal party)

• Groom and Groomsmen Photos: 30 to 45 minutes (depending on size of bridal party)

• Full Bridal Party Photos: 15 to 30 minutes (depending on size of bridal party)

• Bride and Groom Portraits: 35 minutes to one hours 

• Family Formals: 30 to 45 minutes (depending on size of family)

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She's Ready

Alicia being helped by Chris her step father

Other things to note:

• If you will be having a receiving line, this usually takes about 30 to 45 minutes.

• I will need 30 minutes prior to the ceremony to do a light check and take detail and guest shots.

• Typically, two hours is enough time to shoot all of the main events at a reception. 

• If you’re having a traditional wedding and the ceremony and reception are at the same venue, six hours will generally cover this. 

• If you are having a cocktail hour and dancing (still at the same venue), this will normally be an eight-hour day.

• If you’re having a Catholic ceremony, you typically will need full day coverage (up to ten hours)

• If your ceremony and reception are not at the same venue, don’t forget to add travel time into your schedule.

• If you’re doing a special exit from the reception, like a sparkler exit, you’ll need to have full day coverage.

• Some weddings can be covered in just four hours. If you’re having a backyard wedding or a courthouse wedding where your reception is short (for example, no dancing, etc.) and then this could all be covered in four hours.


If you have any questions, feel free to contact us. Happy Planning!

5 Helpful Tips for Getting Ready for your Wedding Day by Ryan Hall

“We’re here today to talk about wedding day prep. Here are some tips to help you look and feel your best.”

Photo by  Yoann Boyer

Photo by Yoann Boyer

1.     Tanning: If you’re going to tan before the wedding, be sure to avoid tan lines – especially if you have a strapless dress. This may seem like a no-brainer, but I see it happen all the time. Sometimes, it just slips your mind. If you’re getting married in the summer, make sure that in the two to three months leading up to your wedding you’re tanning evenly to avoid tan lines.


Photo by  Alvin Mahmudov

2.     Hair and Makeup: Get your hair and makeup professionally done. Be sure to do a trial run beforehand to ensure you like the look before your big day. Hair and makeup artists know how to accentuate your best features (They’re also the best at hiding blemishes!) and help to make your photos turn out absolutely gorgeous.

For great make up, contact Ooh La La Beauty Salon. Jolene and Elsiha are yet to be one of the greats. They come highly recommended, along with Attitude Hair Salon. Both companies did Latesha’s eyelashes and hair for our wedding and she looked beyond beautiful.

Starry Night Set

3.     Accessories: Try on your dress with different accessories you think you want to wear on your wedding day. This way, you know what it looks like with the dress so you know for sure what you want to wear, and are not trying to decide on a necklace, etc. on the day of your wedding. This takes away getting ready time and causes unnecessary stress.

You can purchase the Starry Night set here from Ivory & Co.


4.     Shoes: Walk around in your wedding shoes prior to the big day to get them worn in. Also, take some sandpaper to the bottoms to scuff them up a bit so you don’t slip down the aisle or on the dance floor. If you are going to walk around in grass, you’ll want to get some high heel protector caps so you don’t sink in the grass. Also be conscious of walking on uneven grass so you don’t face plant in your pretty white dress.

Photo by Pablo Merchán Montes

5.     Eat and Drink: The best way for you to look your best is to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water the days leading up to, and the day of, your wedding. Also, be sure to eat on your wedding day throughout the day so you don’t pass out or get a headache. And if you’re going to drink alcohol, don’t get drunk before photos – especially if it’s red wine that can stain everything (including your mouth). Save it for after all the big events at your reception.