I don’t think I could have picked a better engagement session than this one for today’s Minnesota winter wonderland.  Let’s cross our fingers, our hearts, legs, toes and everything else that this is the last winter storm here in Minnesota.  For Maddi & Kyle this winter wonderland session was so fun.  I don’t think we expected to have snow up to my knees. But seriously, how perfect!!! The untouched snow!!!

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Wedding Day Timeline
Having a timeline for your wedding day is, in my opinion, imperative.  In figuring out your timeline, it will tell you exactly how many hours you need your photographer, keep everyone on schedule and help eliminate confusion.  Do yourself a wedding day favor and have a wedding day timeline. You will not regret it!

My advice on creating your  wedding day timeline is coming from personal experience in shooting weddings from 5 hours to 11 hours. I have a lot of impute on what might work best for you. So let’s start planning your day.

There are 3 questions you should ask yourself before drafting your wedding day timeline.
1. Are you and your honey seeing each other before the ceremony?
2. Are you wanting your photographer there to getting ready photos?
3. Are you having a dance?

If you answered all three questions with a yes, let’s continue.

Getting Ready Photos: I like to suggest allowing 45 minutes to 1 hour for getting ready.  This allows time for your photographer to photograph details such as jewelry, candids, hair & make up, wedding dress and getting into your wedding dress.  Allow enough time in case there are any shortcomings.

Bride & Groom Portraits:  Once you are ready and in your wedding day attire, you’ll want to see your honey.  Have a first look location in mind.  If you are unsure, your photographer will be more than happy to scope out a beautiful location. Allow 1 hour for you and your spouse-to-be for portraits.  You’ll want this time not to be rushed but relaxed so block off some good time.

Wedding Party: Have on the timeline for wedding party arrive 15 minutes prior to start time. This way, if you have any wonders they technically should have enough time to get there.  Allow about 30-45 minutes for the wedding party.  If you have a large or out going wedding party, it’s always nice to communicate to them about cooperation during photos.  It makes for a smooth fun time and you can make sure you get the images that you want. Win win!

Family Photos:  After the wedding party photos, move right into the family photos.  Same thing with the family photos, have them arrive 15 minutes prior to start time.   Allow about 30 minutes for these photos. Your photographer should provide you with a must have photo list for the family photos.  This list will make for smooth transitions through each family grouping.  With all the family dynamic present, it’s nice to know who is who and to call them up for photos one at a time. In preparation for the ceremony block off 30 minutes to freshen up, have a bite to eat and relax while your guests start arriving.

Ceremony:  Talk with the Pastor that is marring you and your spouse-to-be.  Keep in mind the timing of the music, readings and vows.  Typically ceremonies can last anywhere from 20 mins to an hour and 20 mins.  So it’s important to cover this alloted block of time.
Receiving line:  This is an important one as most couples honestly don’t realize that this portion can eat up a good 20-30 mins of your timeline.  So decide what you will do and add this to your timeline accordingly.

Cocktail:  This is always the fun time.  Some weddings take this time to take more photos together.  If you did not answer the beginning questions with all yes’s than you will want to allow an hour and half to photograph the remaining photos that you didn’t get before the ceremony; such as the remaining family photos, remaining wedding party photos and of course the bride and groom photos.

Dinner-Reception-Dance: Consider your toasts and speeches.  How many are there?  How long will they be speaking?  Just a few things to consider.  As for the dance, you know your friends best and will know if there is going to be a sweet dance party happening.  Prehaps there will be a dance off?  Or maybe there will be a Hora.  These are events that need to be considered for your timeline.  Typically, allow 15-20 mins for the first dances and 30-45 mins for the remaining dance party.  Exit:  Will there be an exit that you would like photographed? Sparklers?  Make sure you put this in the timeline for photography coverage purposes.

In a nutshell, if you have a photographer for 8 hours and you follow the above timeline, this is what it could look like.  You can customize your personal wedding timeline from there.

1:00pm -2:00pm Getting Ready Photos
2:00pm – 3:00pm  First Look/ Bride and Groom Photos
3:30pm – 4:00pm Wedding Party Photos
4:00pm – 4:30pm Family Photos
4:30pm – 5:00pm Relax
5:00pm – 5:30pm Ceremony
5:30pm – 6:30pm Cocktail hour
6:30pm – 7:30pm Dinner
7:30pm – 8:00pm Speeches/Toast/Cake cutting
8:00pm – 9:00pm Dance starts
9:00pm Photography ends

IF you will not seeing each other prior to the ceremony see this timeline and make it your own.

1:00pm – 2:00pm Getting Ready Photos
2:00pm – 2:30pm  Bride & Bridesmaids
2:30pm – 3:00pm Groom & Grooms men
3:00pm – 3:15pm Groom & Family
3:15pm – 3:30pm Bride & Family
3:30pm – 4:00pm Relax
4:000pm – 4:30pm Ceremony
4:30pm – 5:00pm  Remaining Family Photos
5:00pm – 6:30pm Cocktail Hour
5:00pm – 5:30pm Remaining Wedding Party Photos
5:30pm – 6:30pm Bride & Groom Photos
6:30pm – 7:30pm Dinner
7:30pm – 8:00pm Speeches/Toast/Cake cutting
8:00pm – 9:00pm Dance starts
9:00pm Photography ends

Happy timeline drafting!!!!


How I became a Wedding Photographer
How did you get into photography? Why do you love you photography? These are probably the biggest questions I get and I am more than happy to share my story with you.  So how about we do a little blog post about it. Woohoo!!!

Back in 2008 I was given the Canon d30.  This camera was one of the first “home grown” dslr camera from Canon.  Right away I was smitten (I didn’t know otherwise).  I was taking this camera to farmer markets, photographing my cat, I was even practicing my depth of field on rocks.  Yes rocks!  I was photographing everything. I’m sure people where super annoyed with me and now I have all these random images on my hard drives. Yah?

That winter I booked my first family session for $75. Oh man, I was SO freaked, intimidated, feeling not good enough. You know all those feelings.  I remember talking with my brother before I went into my shoot and he said, “You have to start somewhere.  Remember this day in 2-3 years.”  I went into the family session that lasted 15 mins.  *Gasp* haha. As a matter of fact, I still have the images.  Just for funsies, let’s take a stroll down memory lane and take a look at my first photo session. Oh, look at that, I can’t seem to find it. Oh darn!? Sorry about that  (???)

Anyways…moving right along.  After that photo session, that was a little rocky, I knew that I wanted more of this photography world.  I was searching the internet finding the best way to learn.  I was certain that I would be attending Art School for photography for $xx,xxx.  I was quickly talked out of that, quickly!  Then the idea popped in my head to shadow a photographer.  I went on craigslist (because thats where you look when you need to further your education) and came across a wedding photographer in need of a assistant.  Doing wedding photography was probably the furthest thought in my mind to photograph.  I honestly didn’t know where this art was going to take me.  But I knew I loved it.  I ended up contacting this gal, chatting and we hit it off right away. To speed up this story I shot with her until the wedding season of 2010. In that time I even upgraded to the Canon 40D. Then of course like every other photographer I was stalking photographers blogs.  I contacted Miss Laura Ivanova as  I really wanted to expanded my knowledge of wedding photography and wanted to pick her brain, period.  I remember before I met with Laura she asked me to bring some of my work with.  At this point, I never  printed images from a professional lab nor did I have work that I felt was good enough to show.  I had a mini panic attack.  hahah. (I’m sure Laura is laughing if she’s reading this hahaha).  I also had very little time to get any type of professional prints.  I did the unthinkable and took my images to Target. *gasp*.  Trust me, I was MORE than embarrassed.  I remember my parents saying, “If she’s a true artist she will see your potential and not that you printed your images from Target.”  haha.  It was a wonderful meeting that lead to becoming her second photographer for the 2010 wedding season.  That turned into being an Associate Photographer in 2011 as well as second shooting her weddings. 2012-2013 I was strictly Associate shooting as well as booking my own weddings. It was beyond my wildest dreams of a learning experience.  I traveled to some amazing destination weddings from St. Louis, MO to Watch Hill, Rhode Island.   With all those experiences, it truly has formed the direction, the person and the business I am and have become. And I am beyond thrilled, excited,  blessed to be photographing love and beautiful weddings.

If you have further questions about photography feel free to email me info@whitneyandersonphoto.com. I love to talk shop! Enjoy the journey my friend – it is so sweet!


minneapolis minnesota wedding photographyWhen I say trigger happy I mean – “do I publish this or don’t I?”  I constantly have the battle with my mind on whether or not to talk about topics on my blog. **internal scream**.  Sometimes I can be literally on a roll with writing and then other days it’s like, “Hello, do you even know how to speak?” Because when I can write I seriously love it and the words just flow. It’s a beautiful thing.

I will tell you that I am almost 85% positive (not medically proven) that I have dyslexia. Raise your hand if you have  read something of mine where the letters are all flip flopped. (everyone raised their hands)  It happens almost daily.  For instance, I remember the other day I posted about these gorgeous wedding flowers.  I posted, “Amazing table scrape …”  Whoops!  Later I read it and busted out laughing.  My mind is just working a 1000x a minute. I know what I want to type or write but I literally see it normal. It’s actually sort of mind freakishly weird.  Especially when I make a spelling error that is simple, easy and a no brainer for a large corporate company (not saying I did that. nope that me. ;–).  How do you explain that one? Lol.

So I apologize to all ya’ll that have received and read my amazing grammar :–)  I definitely mean well.  To make light of the situation let me share with you some of my fav jokes. (I am already laughing before I even type them out hahaha).

Dyslexics of the world, untie!
Ten out of two people have numerical dyslexia.
If life gives you melons then you’re probably dyslexic.

And that’s a wrap folks. I’m out!

  • Lynnae 'Dean' Whitfield

    I love that! Melons!!!