As the years go by, new traditions are continuing to pop up all over the wedding industry!! From first looks (where couples see one another before the ceremony to sneak in ample time for portraits) to a variety of different colored and styled wedding dresses steering clear from the traditional white dress!! Ty and I LOVE when our couples choose to go against the grain and make their wedding day the truest representation of them and their relationship!!
Our highest priority on a wedding day is to serve and love our couples well. Our package includes 8 hours of coverage and we want to capture every moment possible to remember their day by!! On occasion, a wedding day may extend past those 8 hours, which means we might miss a few things that help tell the full story of the day. While our couples always have the opportunity to add on additional hours to their package, sometimes that isn’t feasible budget wise which we totally understand!!
Insert our new favorite way to make sure we capture all the transitional scenes of the day until the very end – staged exits!!! Exits are by far the number one thing that we miss if the wedding extends past our 8 hours of contracted coverage!! But, we love shooting exits because they give closure to our films by providing a natural ending!! While we can sometimes use time shifting to our advantage to make another part of the day feel like a natural ending, staged exits help us in a more authentic way!!
So what is a “staged exit” and how do we do it?! About 15-20 minutes before we pack up for the night we gather together the bridal party, close family members and the photographer and head outside to where the regular exit will be. We have everyone line up like they usually would and then have the couple run through as if they are really leaving!! It’s a perfect way to capture the moment when your timeline might not have allowed for it otherwise!!
So if you’ve scrolled down through all of this and just want to know some quick tips as to why we think this is beneficial, keep reading ;]
3 Benefits of Having a Staged Exit
Ty and I just started trying this tactic this year and have been loving it so far!!! If you’re a photog/filmmaker, have you ever done a staged exit? Did you love it or hate it? Why?! If you’re a future bride + groom have you considered adding a staged exit to your timeline if yours currently doesn’t allow for it? I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below!!! These films shared in this blog post both had staged exits but I bet you can hardly tell ;]