I was recently asked by one reader what I would do if I only had 10 minutes with the bride and groom. I know that wedding days are full of the unexpected and we photographers have to be prepared for everything! So maybe you have created a great timeline but somehow the events of the wedding ran into the couple’s session. Or maybe you managed to get an additional sunset session on the timeline! Whatever the case may be, you need an action plan for what you would do if you end up with a limited amount of time with the bride and groom. Today I am sharing what I would do if I only had 10 minutes with the bride and groom. The images you see below were all taken in a 10 minute time frame before we concluded the couple session outside.
Stay in one location
This might go without saying, but don’t travel to a different location if you only have 10 minutes to work with. Stay in the same location and shoot from different angles so that you can capitalize on the differences in the venue or landscape.
Move quickly, stay relaxed and think creatively
I love getting creative with couple portraits. I think it’s important to remain focused on creativity even when you know that you’re working against the clock. I do this by moving quickly and thinking slowly. You will be surprised what you can do with 10 minutes!
Recompose and move closer
While you are shooting the other items on the list, think about how you can take a couple steps closer for an entirely different photograph. Think about the small adjustments that you can make that will result in a photograph that is meaningful to the couple and significant to the editor (you need to publish this wedding after all)!
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Bridal portrait + groom portrait
The bridal portrait is important to the groom, the mother of the bride, grandma, and all of the bride’s friends. It’s a must for any wedding gallery, so don’t skip over it when you have to work quickly! The same goes for the groom portrait!
Bride/Groom with a detail
While you are photographing the bride, the groom, or the two of them together, consider adding a detail. Ask them to hold a centerpiece or an invitation. Any detail that needs to be photographed will look even better with the bride and groom in the photograph.
Artistic and unique photograph that is meaningful to the couple
For this 10 minute session, I had Allie pull the veil over her head so that they were both underneath it. This one simple instruction resulted in several photographs that I know they love.
This is a photograph that brides and editors love to see. If I only have a few minutes with the couple, then I won’t be able to photograph as many details as normal, but this shot is a must in my book.
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Overall photo that shows off the setting
So you are getting all of the up close images, but don’t forget to take a shot of the entire scene. While brides love it when you photograph their details in a meaningful way, they also love photos that include the entire setting!
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