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.

Wedding in Nottingham at The Council House, Old Market Square - Bridal Photo Shoot & Engagement Shoot by Ryan Hall

Firstly we would like to thank Eternally Yours Bridal Wear for collaborating with us on the bridal shoot. And also would like to thank our latest model to our portfolio the beautiful Tyler, with no experience at all you stepped in front of the camera with no hesitation and naturally posed before we even said anything :-) absolutely amazing. We all are looking forward to the finished photographs, but we will share one with our audience as a taster x-D. 

Eternally Yours Bridal Wear Photo-shoot

Eternally Yours Bridal Wear Photo-shoot


For all your bridal needs we recommend taking a visit to Eternally Yours Bridalwear , dresses handmade to your satisfaction, friendly and lovely environment. So if you are seeking your wedding dress this is the place to go, We've purchased a Wedding dress from here ourselves for our Wedding. THEY ALSO DO PROM DRESSES!!


Engagement photoshoot (Diamond Wedding Package) at Clumber Park, Worksop

As our newly Diamond Wedding Package states you will be entitled to a free engagement photoshoot if your book the package, a wonderful couple has and we had the pleasure of shooting them down Clumber Park in Worksop. it was a iffy day as it looked like rain was about to drop any moment but we made it work. We got some beautiful photographs leaving the couple speechless and looking more forward to their Wedding And Wedding Photos from yours truly. Take a look at what we did on 3rd September 2017


Wedding Photography in Nottingham The Council House, Old Market Square - Halls Independent Photography

Friday 15th September 2017 we had the privilege of attending a Wedding of a lovely couple. Do to unfortunates their original photographer had let them down two days before the big day but with no hesitation we received a phone call asking if we are available, but guess what........WE WAS! Later that evening we drove down to Nottingham had a meet and greet and within 10mins we had a last minute client. We actually took some of the stress off the couple which put a smile on our faces. On the big day the wedding was held at The Council House, Old Market Square Nottingham the newlyweds couldn't stop thanking us and expressing how good of a job we are doing. We popped round the next day with the proofs and they couldn't take their eyes away from the proofs and just before we spoke they ordered our biggest photo book containing all the photographs. This is what we aim to provide to our clients this is our brand being reliable, trustworthy and appreciated and putting a smile on our clients hearts as they put a smile on ours as always We Capture Memories. 

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Mrs Halls Independent Photography Engagement Rings by Ryan Hall

So me and the wife to be decide to do some practicing with the resources we have, so we used the rings i bought her for our first Valentines Day together and her beautiful engagement ring. As you can see the photographer are not perfect but exceptional compositions. We are really proud of what we created and looking forward to do more.

We recently asked our friends and family if we can use part of their Wedding props, so look forward to the new posts.