The Importance of 30 Minutes

January 31, 2021
for brides

Why Sunset Portraits Matter

Picture this: it’s your wedding day, you’ve been surrounded by amazing friends + family all day. That’s amazing, right?! OF COURSE IT IS. But maybe you’d like to make some time for just you and your *new* spouse, to really talk and be alone. To spend time together amongst the music and laughter you’re encompassed by.

The perfect time for these moments to be “alone” (just pretend I’m not there) is during your sunset portraits.

I cannot preach the importance of these 30 minutes. It gives you and your fiancé the chance to breathe during a day that goes by in a flash.

I know it’s difficult to think about scheduling a mere 30 minutes within an 8-10 hour day of pure joy + busy-ness, but I promise you, sunset portraits will be one of the best choices you make on your wedding day. Not only do you get an extra set of portraits of you and your new partner, but I cannot preach the importance of getting out of the hustle and chaos for only a little while.

Golden Hour

Another amazing reason is THE GOLDEN HOUR LIGHT. When I’m not photographing weddings, I’m hired for mostly senior portraits and engagement sessions, to which I always start them about 2 hours before sunset (when the light is at its peak; aka, GOLDEN HOUR).

I love educating my couples about the importance of these 30 minutes, because they get to stop and think that, “YES! we want more variety within our wedding photos while also getting a little break”, and that time can be scheduled  in during their wedding day, which is the best part. I, personally, will sit down with you and your fiancé to go over a timeline that suits your needs while also ensuring there’s more than enough time for portraits.


Timeline Disasters

This isn’t my first rodeo. I see timeline disasters happeingn from the bride being 2 hours late to her own ceremony to being 30 minutes early to a reception start. 

As your photographer, I’m here to guide you through the process while making room for mistakes/things that run-over. That way, you won’t even know if something is behind schedule. We’ll simply build in time, and assume, that things will run behind. I’m all for preparation, friend!


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WHY we're the perfect match:


As a wedding photographer, yes, my priority, is capturing your day. But more than that, it's making sure you spend time with people - YOUR people - and that THOSE moments are captured. When it comes to your wedding day, I'm an efficient photographer WITHOUT compromising quality, and truly feel that is what most couples need during their wedding experience. I want you to be able to run (not walk) to cocktail hour, dance to the "Wobble" (if you're into that), and not have to worry about sticking to a strict timeline (because for 95% of my couples, we get photos done EARLY and you're free to party with your people right afterwards).

When you hire me as your wedding photographer, you hire a fun sense of organization with timeline prep, efficiency, and an overall sense of servitude for you and your guests on your wedding day.


"Andrea is a joy to be around and creates a natural, relaxed atmosphere.

Andrea is a joy to be around and creates a natural, relaxed atmosphere. Andrea captures each moment so beautifully. She was always on top of communication, and I always felt like she cared about what we wanted. The quality of pictures is amazing and I am so glad we chose Andrea as our wedding photographer! You should definitely hire her now for your photography needs!"


"Andrea brings out the natural beauty in whatever she photographs.

Andrea went above and beyond to accommodate us for a last minute change of plans due to COVID-19. We couldn’t be more thrilled with the pictures and how they turned out. We absolutely love them all. Andrea brings out the natural beauty in whatever she photographs. Thanks to Andrea we will be able to relive our wedding day over and over."


"Andrea is so professional and detail-oriented, while still being fun, friendly, and loving.

Andrea is so professional and detail-oriented, while still being fun, friendly, and loving. She feels like she is your best friend as soon as you meet her! Throughout our wedding planning process, she sent a sweet little surprise gift box, a helpful photography planning guide, and she even made us a personalized ornament for our first Christmas! She goes above and beyond in everything she does.


"Her excitement about being our photographer was contagious."

From the first meeting, we knew Andrea was an experienced photographer who was also warm and bubbly, which is the perfect type of person to have around you on your wedding day. She was extremely helpful with answering any questions we had, and was very responsive. Andrea is incredibly organized and efficient. She captured the best moments and got all the shots we wanted without making it feel like the photography was taking over the day. Working with her was a wonderful experience and I would highly recommend her!