Session Prep Tips

One of my favorite pre-wedding activities is learning about all the details of the wedding – from the dress to the special guests. I always talk to my brides about their timelines. I will ask questions about the time of the ceremony, time of dinner, pre-ceremony activities. I even offer to help develop and manage the timeline. It is important to have a timeline to guide the day to ensure all the details and imagaes are captured of the special day.

I always suggest a timeline no matter the size and type of wedding. Timelines help take the stress out of making sure you get all the images you want from your day. Below is a sample timeline. When you book with GCiccone Photography, we will plan out your specific timeline.

I also always ask about specific photographs a bride would like to have from the wedding. For example, is there a special relative that we need to photograph you with, or a long-time friend. Having a checklist can help make sure that you don’t forget any special images that you would like to have years down the road. That is also where I can help take away the stress and worry. I’ll manage that checklist for you. When we have our pre-wedding consultation, I’ll ask about all the details and family members attending. This way I can learn what you would like me to capture. To me, it is important that we have a checklist so that you don’t look back on your day and say “I wish I had a photo of xxxx”.

Here are some ideas to get you started.

  • Wedding dress details
  • Getting ready (bride and groom)
  • Bouquet and any special details
  • Groom and groomsmen details (socks, cufflinks, etc)
  • Special details of the venue
  • Bride and Groom with parents, grandparents, siblings
  • Shots with friends
  • Wedding cake
  • First dance

Planning a wedding soon? I specialize in small, intimate weddings and would love to capture all the special moments. Contact me today at

This post is a part of a photography blog circle featuring photographers specializing in a variety of niches. To see what the next photographer is sharing for our weekly theme, “Session Prep Tips” check out Jessica Wasik with Bark & Gold Photography, celebrating the joy and love between Pittsburgh pets and their people.

One thought on “Session Prep Tips

  1. There is so much that goes into a wedding day that I’m sure it can easily be missed without proper planning and that timeline. These are great tips and reasons for a couple to begin thinking through what’s most important to them.


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