Most photographers, including myself highly recommend photographing all the portraits before the wedding; some photographers even require this though I do not. When my brides understand why photographing everything in advance is of such great importance they are generally very willing to take this approach and grateful I explained the benefits.
You may not get all of your anticipated portraits if someone fails to remember there are photographs to be taken after the ceremony. You will be anxious to visit with friends and family after the ceremony is over, not spend time with me. Your guests will appreciate the courtesy of your quick arrival at the reception instead of waiting 45 minutes (or longer if you have a receiving line at the church).
A professional photographer
Most brides believe the only pictures after the ceremony are of herself and husband and that it should only take at most five minutes. There are also portraits of the two of you with the entire wedding party, with her parents, with his parents, with up to four sets of grandparents, with the rings…
A professional photographer can take these all very quickly if all you want are snapshots, but if snapshots are all you want then ask a family member. You hire a professional photographer to capture beautiful images and create an heirloom to last through the years.
Many professional photographers
Many professional photographers, including me include a clause in the contract stating we are to be the exclusive photographer up until the reception. Please understand that we are not trying to be obnoxious, but that we are protecting our interests. For every photograph someone takes over our shoulder, we lose our opportunity to make a living. Their seemingly innocent actions may deprive us of 30% to 50% of our income. If you were faced with the prospect of losing that much or your income Iím sure you would do everything you could to prevent this from happening.