Most couples will book their photography 6 to 12 months in advance.
April through October is the busiest time and should be booked as soon as possible. If you are having trouble finding a Saturday available, consider having your wedding and reception on Friday evening or Sunday afternoon. You may find easier availability of services and better prices.There are several ways to book your wedding day with Advantage. You can use our e-mail form on the Contact Us page or you can call us and book your day over the phone. You may also make an appointment to visit our office and complete the process there. No matter what you choose, we will be happy to discuss your wedding day in full detail and provide all the information you need to make securing your wedding photography a quick and easy process.
If you don’t have a particular location in mind to take these pictures
If you don’t have a particular location in mind to take these pictures, we would suggest a location in one of the beautiful parks around Denver. Engagement pictures can be taken at any time prior to your ceremony – summer or fall being the best time to take advantage of the beautiful gardens or colorful foliage of the park for your background.
We take approximately 20 pictures using different poses and different backgrounds. We have a 4×6 color print made of each picture from which you choose your favorite one. We then take your favorite and have a custom 8×10 made. You receive the 8×10, all the 4×6’s, and all the negatives. This service is $175 and is available only to couples who have booked a wedding date with Advantage.
Many couples would like some of the pictures taken before the ceremony, but they don’t want to see each other until the ceremony actually begins. These pictures can be taken in several ways. If the bride and groom would rather not see each other before the ceremony, pictures of the groom, groomsmen, and the groom’s family could be taken. We like to allow at least 30 minutes to take these pictures. If there is enough time at this point, (and after hiding the groom) formal and family pictures of the bride, bridesmaids, and the bride’s side of the family could be taken. The 30 minutes left before the start of the ceremony would be used to take candid pictures such as guests arriving, guests signing in, general ceremony preparation, the bride and her bridesmaids fixing hair, applying makeup, and other fun pictures. Pictures of family members being seated by ushers and the lighting of candles are also important pictures.
Many couples would like to have all the pictures taken before the ceremony.
If the bride and groom prefer to have all the formal and family pictures taken prior to the ceremony, we generally begin with the groom, his groomsmen, and the groom’s side of the family. We would then take the bride, the bridesmaids, and the bride’s side of the family. After finishing with the bride’s side, we would bring both sides together and finish the formal and family pictures. Depending on the size of the wedding party and the families, this picture taking session generally takes from 1 to 1 1/2 hours. So if your ceremony was scheduled to begin at 2:00pm, you would want to start taking pictures about noon.
Some couples would rather wait until after the ceremony to take all the formal and family pictures.
If the you prefer to do all the formal and family pictures after the ceremony, you would need to allow a minimum of 1 hour to complete the pictures (average size wedding). In this situation, you must also be aware of any time limitations you may have for occupying the church ceremony area.
Ceremonies can last anywhere from 10 minutes to 1 1/2 hours. The start of the ceremony in usually indicated by the seating of the mother of the bride by the ushers. We generally like to take pictures of those wearing corsages who are being escorted to their seats. Pictures of the bridal party (processional) walking down the aisle will be taken individually or with escorts. Of course, this includes the bride and her escort.
Traditional ceremony pictures may include the ring exchange, exchanging of vows, lighting the unity candle, communion, presentation of gifts, license signing, the kiss, etc. We also like to take candid and special effects pictures during the ceremony. Special effects may include soft effects, starburst, and hazy effects. A lot depends on the lighting and size of the ceremony area. Unless otherwise instructed, we generally like to stay a safe distance from the ceremony area as to not interfere. Generally, the last pictures to be taken are the kiss and the bride and groom walking back up the aisle.
Some churches do not allow flash pictures during a ceremony. There are a few churches that do not allow any photography whatsoever during the ceremony. If you are in doubt, ask your minister or wedding coordinator if there are any rules concerning photography. If flash pictures are not allowed, we simply do a series of tripod, no-flash pictures. These consist of general ceremony activity and special effects. Of course, a lot will depend on the available light in the ceremony area.
Usually, a combination of overhead lighting combined with some window light is sufficient to accomplish these pictures. Even though the type of pictures may be limited by a no flash policy, we can still sufficiently capture the essence of the ceremony.
If having a receiving line after the ceremony will take away too much time from your pictures, there are alternatives. The most popular alternative is greeting your guests at the reception. This is usually done by the bride and groom after they finish eating.
Normally the bride and groom will lead a buffet line or be served first if it is a sit-down dinner, therefore, they will be finished eating before their guests. This will leave time for the bride and groom to walk around to the various tables (while the guests finish) and greet their guests. We follow you around and get many candid pictures of you interacting with your guests. This usually provides excellent candid pictures full of fun and laughter.
Advantage Photography encourages you to check our business history with the Better Business Bureau of Denver. Our photography packages, which always include the negatives at no extra cost, are reasonably priced and our specialized field is wedding and reception photography. Advantage Photography has established itself as a reputable and reliable wedding photography service with over fourteen years of service in Colorado and other states.
To ensure only the best for our customers, Advantage uses state of the art, professional camera equipment as well as professional film, the highest quality photographic paper and professional lab photo finishing. You will find our photographers personable and easily adaptable to the photography needs of your special day.
Our expertise in this specialized field of photography will help make your wedding day an enduring memory in pictures.