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Wedding Day Schedule | Wedding Tip Tuesday

Wondering what your wedding schedule could look like? Stress-free, that’s for sure. We always setup a timeline with our couples before the wedding to ensure that people arrive dressed and ready to go when they’re needed, that there is enough time to photograph the people and details of the day before the event begins, and most of all, to make sure that it happens in a way that it all gets done without you having to check your watch and be busy with vendors. 

Recently, we had a wedding where one of the mothers was in charge of scheduling with us, not really the couple. (It’s whatever works on your end!) She was very precise, and wanted to move times around 5 minutes here, 10 minutes there, etc. I spent the time to explain to her before the wedding that though we make a schedule, we are not machines, and wedding parties involve a lot of people with a lot of different watches and travel patterns. Our schedule is a little more of a general guideline to keep things on track, but not a commandeer list that means if something changes that it won’t happen. So what happened? We arrived at the wedding venue, ready to get started, but there was no bride to be found. Only the sisters and one mother were there getting ready. The bride had contracted food poisoning the night before, and was in the hospital ER recuperating and rehydrating. She finally arrived around the time she was supposed to start portraits, but that was to just start getting ready with hair, makeup, and her dress. Though she was not feeling well even when she did arrive, thankfully, she perked up when she saw her husband-to-be and was able to start drinking little bits at a time. The moral of the story is that things don’t always go as planned, and we expect that. We always make it work. 

Ps. The photography schedule was executed differently than planned, but we finished everything (looking beautiful of course!), not only in time, but with 15 minutes of breathing time for everyone before the wedding started! 

I know you are all so curious about what a wedding schedule might look like. So keeping in mind that every wedding is different, I’ll share with you a sample schedule so you can get to know us a little better. When you’re ready to plan your wedding schedule with us, we will tailor it specifically to suit your needs and your wedding. Can’t wait!

Schedule with 10 hours & a reveal:

·         12:00PM: Photography crew arrives, unloading and setup.

·         12:15PM: Meet family members to assure them of your arrival and later start times

·         12:20PM: Greet the bride with a breakfast gift and gather details

·         12:30PM: Details of Dress and Ring, and other memorable wedding day items (Watch out for an email from us about what to prepare!)

·         1:00PM: Individual Portraits of the Groom

·         1:30PM:  First look, couples portraits

·         2:15PM: Individual Portraits of the Bride

·         2:45PM: Family Portraits, His/Her Family

·         3:15PM: Groomsmen or Bridesmaids

·         3:30PM: Family Portraits, His/Her Family

·         4:15PM: Groomsmen or Bridesmaids

·         4:30PM: Buffer time, where we suggest the couple takes a break and takes a breath before the wedding begins

·         5:00PM-5:45pm: Reception & Cocktail hour (Kabbalas Punim)

·         5:45-6:00PM: Veiling (Bedeken)

·         6:00-7:00PM: Ceremony (Chuppah)

·         7:00-7:20PM: Private time for the couple (Yichud)

·         7:20-8:00PM: Couple Portraits

·         8:00-10:30PM: Dinner & Dancing, etc.

·         10:30PM: End Photography Coverage & End Wedding

 

Notes:

·         This schedule includes 10 hours coverage (12:30-10:30pm)

·         This schedule includes a reveal/first look, which means that we will do all the family portraits before the wedding with both the bride and groom present for each family’s portraits. After the ceremony, we sometimes bring the immediate family back for more family portraits, and sometimes will only photograph the couple at this time.

·         Families (his and hers) are scheduled for who goes first according to the preference of our couple and their families. I always suggest that they take into account how many women they have in their family who are getting hair & makeup done, how far family is traveling to arrive, their tendency to be on time or late, and any considerations about the family’s children’s schedule. 

Seeking Advice in Marriage | Wedding Tip Tuesday

I was recently with a couple while photographing them on their wedding day. As we were starting their couple portraits, I directed them for posing using “your wife”, and “your husband”. She was so giddy, and said to me, “My husband. I don’t feel married yet! When will we feel married?” It stuck with me because she’s right. Standing there taking photographs together during an event called a wedding (which they both agreed was flying by), they must have just felt like two people who have chosen to spend time together. Earlier in the day, she asked me how long we have been married, and if I have any marriage advice. While I didn’t want to start rattling off random subjects of a marriage there in her hotel room, I did start to think, and I told her “of course”. 

What I think she did right more than anything, was ask. I may or may not have good advice, but a wise person will gather all the information they can get, without making judgements about who might know better than you. Wisdom can come from anyone, and chazal say that the wisest of people are those who seek knowledge from everywhere. 

NEW! Photography Education with Laibel & Chana Schwartz

On June 26th, 2017 we will be teaching our first class at B&H Photo and Video. What better way to spend your Monday? We are super excited to start our journey in education. We want your feedback, so please come join us, and let us know how we do!

Class details: 1-3pm Monday June 26th

Speakers: Laibel & Chana Schwartz

Event Type: Photography

Skill Level: Intermediate

Location: B&H Event Space

Address: Second Floor of B&H NYC SuperStore at 420 9th Avenue, New York NY 10001

Streaming Location: B&H Event Space

The class is titled, The Hall Is Ugly…Now What?

Learn how to shoot great event images in less than desirable environments, coming away with a noteworthy portfolio (and happy customers), despite having to work with tacky backgrounds. When Laibel and Chana started shooting weddings in 2011, they encountered the same struggle that all new photographers face: How do you build a luxury portfolio when your venues and vendors leave you with a lot to be desired? In this presentation, Laibel and Chana will teach you 7 techniques that they use to create beautiful portraiture in any setting.

Tips for Beautiful Wedding Photographs | Jewish Wedding Photographer

 Planning Couple Portraits with your Wedding Photographer

So here we are, date settled,wedding venue or hall booked, and a very long to-do list in front of us. On one hand, you should be feeling elated, because you’ve just booked your calendar for the date you’ll be marrying the person you’re ready to spend your life with. On the other hand, you’re totally overwhelmed, and maybe even over-budget, before you’ve even started.

When you’re lucky enough to book one of the most drool worthy venues around, like The Venetian, The Rockleigh, or The Greentree Country Club, you needn’t worry about finding beautiful corners of the room to photograph you, your family, and your new spouse. However, sometimes we have other factors in finding our wedding venue such as a central location where guests can easily pop in for a quick dance.

We’re here to help you plan beautiful couple portraits that you’ll be proud to hang in your new home. One of our most memorable creations for our couple’s portraits was for Meiny Shaziri (Makeovers by Meiny, now located in Israel). We wanted to breakaway from the pretty, but boring, paneled walls at her wedding hall in Monsey, NY. We brought in a paper seamless background, much like we would use for a portrait or commercial session in a studio. We created our on-site studio in a private corner of the hall and we created images that make me shiver.

Another favorite couple portrait plan we set forth was with Chana Eisenberg (The Wax Bar, also now located in Israel). She enlisted the favor of a friend with a stunning home and property to allow us to photograph the couple on the grounds during their reveal before the wedding. Similar locations might be found at historical homes, classic locations like Central Park, or secret gardens tucked away in your wedding town.

Lastly, I want to share with you our most out-of-the-box technique for planning a stunning wedding location, without changing the wedding venue, bringing in extra equipment, or even seeing each other before the wedding. Chany Rindsberg’s wedding was at Tiferes Rivka in Brooklyn, NY, but Chany wanted their couple portraits to be in Prospect Park. Just a 10 minute drive away from the hall, we quickly drove away with the couple after the yichud room to photograph them at Prospect Park, while their guests were entertained with the fun photo booth we setup for them in the intermediate time frame.

We can’t wait to create beautiful photographs of you at your wedding. Where will your dream couple portraits be photographed?

 

Tips for Beautiful Wedding Photographs- Jewish Wedding Photographer

TIPS FOR BEAUTIFUL WEDDING PHOTOS

by Chana Schwartz

No.1 – Schedule an Engagement Session

We believe that every relationship has a progression, and want you to be able to remember and reflect on those fleeting moments. Getting in front of the camera will give you beautiful photographs to document this short stage of your relationship before the wedding, and it will get you guys comfortable being in front of the camera. Get ready for your eyes to be glued to your partner, and sore cheeks from your happiness looking at him/her! (We highly recommend scheduling your hair and makeup trials for the engagement session so you will look stunning, and feel great)

No. 2 – Love your Hair & Makeup Artist

Your hair and makeup greatly influences how you will look and feel on your wedding day. Of course, it’s pretty obvious that you’ll want to look your best, and have timeless looks to share with your children when you’re old and wrinkled. However, you also want to make sure you’re comfortable with your stylists and artists (and all of your vendors). It’s important that you’re surrounded by people who are pleasant and make you feel good to be around.

No. 3 – Getting Ready Photos

You’ll want to consider what parts of your day are the memories you’ll want to hold onto (besides the actual ceremony and partying!). If you will be getting ready the morning of your wedding with your mom, sisters, friends, or anyone who is important to you, you may want to consider scheduling us to be there to photograph special moments between you. That goes for both bride and groom. Getting ready should be in the nicest room available, with everyone’s things tucked away in a closet or a corner, and the more natural light in the room, the better. I am a Parsons School of Design trained Interior Designer, and something you’ll learn from me is that what you are surrounded by truly effects you. If it’s tidy in the room, the pictures will be breathtaking, and your persona will feel more relaxed, trust me.

No. 4 – Make time for Couple Portraits

You’ve decided to hire us, and our guess is that you love our couple portraits. That’s because we love our couples, and we know that you guys are the most important people on your wedding day. We love to photograph the first moments you are a husband & wife because it’s about you two, and your decision to spend the rest of your lives together. We always work within what we are given, and if that’s 30 minutes for everything after Yichud, that’s what we will do. However, the more time we have, the more creative we can get with your portraits. Keep in mind that if we plan to sneak away to a fun location outside, in another room, or take ten minutes to reach a hidden location, it’s important to carve out enough time in the day to do so.

No. 5 – Relax

It’s going to be your wedding day, and the last thing you want to do is stress. I know you want it to be perfect, look beautiful, run smoothly, and keep to the schedule, but none of that really matters when all is said and done. Have a close friend take phone calls for you, make sure your venue or wedding hall manager has a list of need-to-knows before the wedding, and hire vendors who will do their job without you worrying if they are or not! Relax, and enjoy your wedding day, because it will be over before you know it! We’ll be there to help keep things smooth as much as it’s in our ability, and we’ll create the memories of all your happy moments for you to look back on and smile.

 

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