Tips for Perfecting Your Wedding Photo Timeline

By, June 08, 2023

At True Photography we understand the importance of creating the perfect photo timeline for your special day. Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life, and capturing every moment is crucial to preserving those memories for years to come. To help ensure that your wedding day photography is flawless, we’ve compiled some helpful tips for perfecting your San Diego wedding photo timeline.

1. Start early

When it comes to your wedding day, time is of the essence. You don’t want to feel rushed or stressed, and neither do your photographers. Starting your day early ensures that you have enough time for everything, from getting ready to your ceremony and reception. By giving yourself ample time, you’ll also have a more relaxed atmosphere, which will make for better photos.Bride and Bridesmaids getting ready captured by True Photography

2. Plan ahead

Planning ahead is key to creating the perfect photo timeline. Meet with your photographer well in advance to discuss the details of your day, including your timeline, special moments you want to capture, and any must-have shots. Your photographer can help you determine how much time is needed for each aspect of your day, from getting ready to the ceremony to the reception. Don’t forget to account for travel time between locations.Perfecting your wedding photo timeline by planning ahead for important shots

3. Factor in lighting

Lighting is a crucial element of wedding photography. Be sure to consider the time of day when planning your photo timeline. For example, if you’re planning an outdoor ceremony, consider scheduling it during the golden hour for the best lighting. Similarly, if you’re planning an indoor reception, be sure to check the lighting in advance and make any necessary adjustments.Golden hour wedding ceremony photographed by True Photography

4. Be flexible

While it’s important to have a plan, it’s also important to be flexible. Unexpected things can happen on your wedding day, and being able to adapt and adjust your timeline can make all the difference. For example, if it starts raining during your outdoor ceremony, be prepared to move indoors or have a backup plan.perfecting your wedding photo timeline so you can relax, photographed by True Photography

5. Allocate enough time for each part of your day

Your wedding day is filled with so many special moments, from getting ready with your bridal party to your first dance as a married couple. Be sure to allocate enough time for each part of your day, so that your photographer can capture all of these moments. For example, you may want to allocate more time for getting ready photos, as they can be some of the most special and intimate of the day.Bride and Groom at their wedding receptions adorned in rose petals captured by True Photography

6. Don’t forget about the details

Wedding photography isn’t just about capturing the big moments; it’s also about capturing the details that make your day unique. Be sure to allocate time for detail shots, such as your rings, invitations, and flowers. These small details can make a big impact on your wedding album.Wedding ring detail image photographed by True Photography

At True Photography, we pride ourselves on capturing the beauty and emotion of your wedding day. By following these tips for perfecting your San Diego wedding photo timeline, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy your special day, while we capture every moment. Contact us today to learn more about our wedding photography services.       


Have you worked with my coordinator or videographer before?

By, July 13, 2017

Most likely we have worked together, especially if your coordinator and/or videographer has a well-established reputation within the community. The advantage of being around for 17 years is we have worked with so many excellent vendors! Regardless of whether we have worked together, we work well with everyone. So no matter what, you will be just fine ;) We know how most of the pros work, and they know how we work at this point. We’re able to rely on each other’s experience to make sure the day is stress free for our wedding couple. We also communicate with the coordinator or videographer before the wedding to ensure the process is smooth. There’s definitely less to figure out as the years have gone by!  

For example, Christine of Lavish Weddings is one of the coordinators we work with frequently, having done 28 weddings together to date. She shared her take on working with our company: “I love working with photographers from True because I know they get there early and they’re prepared. They communicate with me ahead of time so we’re always on the same page, and they’re very reliable.  I don’t always have that same experience with new photographers.”

Our goal for our wedding couple is to document the day with amazing photographs. By having great relationships with coordinators like Lavish Weddings, and knowing their approach, it enables us to stay ahead throughout the day. And when working with a videographer outside our studio, sharing the same objective helps us to work together, so you end up with the best of both worlds. Check out some highlights made possible by wonderful vendors we work with, and even some of them in action.

Wedding Coordinators help arrange a beautiful cermony
An overall perspective of a wedding ceremony
The videographer and photographers communicate ahead of time so they are strategically placed to capture the moment perfectly as pictured above right.
Beautiful flower girls
Capturing the moment from every angle
Candle and sand ceremony details
The wedding coordinator ensures the details are set up properly so the day runs the way it was meant to be as we were able to capture the sand and candle ceremony shown above.
Wedding Communion during a ceremony
Ceremony by the water against the sunset
Guest with ribbons during a ceremony exit
The wedding coordinator handed out ribbons to all the guests, in time for the bride and groom's exit, which resulted in a beautiful photo (above right).
Sword Exit after ceremony
Luggage tags as wedding favors
Details for table arrangements
An old dresser transformed into a dessert table
This wedding coordinator set up this beautiful teal console table to feature the cake and desserts, surrounded by the bride and groom's engagement photos.
Place settings on wine corks
Bride and groom give out hot sauce for favors
Cake table set up with dessert
Message in a bottle as place settings
Wedding coordinators are vital to executing the details of a wedding. For example, check out this expertly crafted tray of place settings.
Polaroid photos of guest
Overall shot of a brightly lit purple reception room.
Feature wall at a wedding reception
Dessert Options for guest
Beautiful table setting with individual pillows
Grand entrance on a grand staircase
Bride with a marching band
Cocktail hour at Scripps Forum
Guest enjoying their dinner at the reception
Bride and groom enjoy dinner with their guest
Guest enjoy dinner under the stars
Cheers to the bride and groom
Photographer and videographer relationship
Guest dance as the band plays on
Guest singing along to a favorite song
Groom dances with his bride at their reception
Getting down on the dance floor
Videographers can capture the funky dance moves, guests singing out loud, and all the fun motion that goes on at a reception.
Guest hold up their sparklers for the bride and groom's final exit
Bride and groom enjoy fireworks

Check out more wedding professionals we work with frequently, and some of our favorite San Diego wedding vendors


Details Make the Difference | Carolynn and Jon

By, May 31, 2016

Today, it’s all about the details :) We were impressed by the sophisticated and meticulous details on Carolynn and Jon’s big day, and decided to highlight them here. This dreamy Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club wedding was put together by Monarch Weddings, who helped turn the initial vision into reality. You can definitely see the love and care that went into to every little aspect of this day.

Carolynn and Jon’s wedding is a beautiful example of how the small touches can really make the difference. We hope you enjoy our image selections below :)

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There’s nothing quite like a special live appearance by the USC Marching Band (below).


Sweet and Saucy Shop made this amazing personalized groom’s cake, below. Go Winterhawks!

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Check out more of Carolyn and Jon’s Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club wedding.


Wedding Venue: Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club

Wedding Planner and Designer: Monarch Weddings

Wedding Cake and Groom’s Cake: Sweet and Saucy Shop

Macaroon Favors / Escort Cards: Sweet and Saucy Shop

Dancefloor, Head Table, Draping, and Chairs: Hire Elegance

Gold Flatware: Classic Party Rentals

Plates: Abbey Party Rentals

Menu: Brightly Designed

Linen: APR Fine Linens

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