Should You Add Evening Wedding Portraits to Your Photo List?

Should You Add Evening Wedding Portraits to Your Photo List?

Evening portraits are becoming a popular request among couples who are planning their weddings. These shots have a completely different mood and give you something extra-special to remember your wedding by.  By choosing to do evening portraits, you will need to be willing to sneak away from your reception for abit, but it’s a decision you won’t regret.

Whether you take a few moonlit photos in the gardens at your venue or admire the stars with a bonfire burning in the background, evening shots add variety to your wedding album and will give you the chance to share a special moment with your new spouse while everyone else is having a good time at your reception.

Planning for Evening Portraits

If you decide that evening portraits is something you want to do, you will need to adjust your timeline accordingly.  Getting the best evening shots all comes down to timing. While this is something your photographer will assist you with, there are a few things to take into consideration:

  • Make sure that your caterers know about your evening portraits so that they can feed you and your guests accordingly
  •  Don’t let your guests go hungry, serve them their entrees before you head off for your photos
  • Be sure to plan the photos with your photographer ahead of time if you want the best shots. To take the best evening portraits, your photographer may need to arrange some additional lighting and will need time to set it up, which is why it’s important to plan this in advance
  • It’s highly recommended that you schedule your evening portraits after you’ve had dinner because thenyou can leave your guests to dance and socialize while you have your photos taken.

Make sure that you mention any special night activities such as fireworks or a sparkler send-off to your photographer so that he/she can work these shots in. Also, if there are any specific evening shots that you have in mind, discuss them with your wedding photographer before your big day.