Portrait Timing Tips For Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall

Mar 21

Portrait Timing Tips For Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall


My favorite time on Wedding Day is Portrait time! When I get to disappear with my couple for an hour or so to capture stunning portraits, I get almost giddy. Portrait time is when when I capture one-on-one moments with my bride and groom, similar to their engagement session. This is when I feel the most creative, when my couple feels the most relaxed and (big catcher) it’s where a huge junk of your wedding gallery is created!

Your portrait session will vary depending on a few things such as season, month and if you’re doing a first look or not. Here are a few timing tips for your wedding, to ensure enough time is dedicated for portraits.


Winter weddings are gorgeous! However, they do take some additional planning simply because of the sunset time. The hard part about a winter time- line is the fact that the sun sets around 4pm. This means that all of your portraits have to be done before then! This isn’t a problem if you’re having a late afternoon wedding. However, if you’re planning on having a late evening wedding, you may have a bit of down time from 4pm until the start of the ceremony. You will also need more coverage time as well.



Spring weddings are wonderful because they are the perfect temperature! However, I recommend having plenty of Claritin and Zyrtec on hand just in case allergies start to flare up during portrait time. Spring weddings normally mean the potential for some blooms! If we happen to find any type of blooming tree or plant, it will be worth it to give us a few minutes for portraits with it! You’ll LOVE the result!



Summer weddings are amazing! I love that there is so much daylight! In some months, the light will last until 8:30pm! So, if you’re having a summer wedding, you’ll need to plan on having a few minutes to slip out of the reception for your sunset portraits! You will NOT regret this! This is the ab- solute best light of the day and you’re going to want to have portraits during this time period. Usually these portraits happen during dinner or open danc- ing so that no one even notices that you’re gone for a few minutes!




Fall weddings are the most popular and book vendors, photographers and venues the quickest. And they are beautiful! Most of my fall brides worry about color, and I just want to encourage you that all I need is one tree with some color in order to make it look like fall! A little bit of color can go a long way!! Your portrait time will vary depending on your wedding date! We’ll be sure to discuss this when we approve your final timeline!

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