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An Ideal Photography Timeline for Beautiful Wedding Photos

An Ideal Photography Timeline for Beautiful Wedding Photos


As a passionate team of wedding photographers and videographers, Saiaf Films specializes in capturing beautiful wedding photos. Last week, we shared the first part of what an ideal wedding photography timeline looks like. Here, we will conclude the best timeline to follow to guarantee beautiful wedding photos and the most enjoyable wedding photography experience. (If you missed the first portion of our wedding photography timeline, you can check it out here!)

First Look or Daytime Couple’s Session: This particular photo moment may vary depending on whether or not you are planning a First Look. If you are, this is a great opportunity to capture some daytime couple photos. An ideal location could be in a venue garden, an alluring hallway or any location that can provide an appealing backdrop. For these beautiful wedding photos, try to have at least 30-45 minutes set

Wedding Party: Not only are these some of the most exciting wedding photos, they can also be the most memorable! The wedding party photos should include all the classic photos (Bride and groomsmen, groom and bridesmaids, bride and bridesmaids, groom and groomsmen, funky poses, etc.) This area is great for creativity! An ideal location would be an open and appealing area with an eye catching background or landscaping. Allow at least 35-45 minutes for these beautiful wedding photos!

Close Family & Formals: Weddings are not only super exciting for the bride and groom, they are also very important to the family. It is important to capture memorable shots with the immediate family members early in the event- that way everyone is still around or close by. These can take place in the same area as the wedding party photos and you should allow at least 3-5 minutes per group. Allow for at least an hour for these photos. It helps to have a list of who will be involved and to have a designated individual that helps direct everyone on where to go.


Evening Couple’s Session: These beautiful wedding photos should normally take place around sunset or later in the night post ceremony. Try to select an area that provides a gorgeous backdrop or an appealing area to get creative with. If they are done at sunset, our wedding photographers will be able to capture the stunning skies and the epic effect of dusk wedding photos. Allow for at least 45 minutes to an hour for this photo session.


Don’t be afraid to set aside any extra time or ideas you may have for particular beautiful wedding photos you may want. Keep in mind, this is one of the most exciting and memorable days of your life!

Creative Indian Wedding Photography

Creative Indian Wedding Photography


When it comes to Indian wedding photography, our team at Saiaf Films strives to not only capture the most important wedding moments- but to also capture them with our own sense of creativity. We are also on the lookout https://saiaffilms.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/IMG_59961.jpgfor eye-catching angles, dynamic reflection shots, unique backgrounds and different variations of lighting or color hues. We take pride in our passion for catching unforgettable and epic Indian wedding photography.

Our team has an impressive knack with photography techniques that are the perfect combination with our post-production talent. Our creativity carries all the way through to our professional photo editors who create stunning and unforgettable imagery of your Indian wedding. Here, our team shares our outlook on all the beautiful aspects of creative Indian wedding photography and what it takes to capture it!

The Detail Shots

We consider detail shots to be a very important aspect to Indian wedding photography. This category includes all the fine little details ranging from the jewelry and accessories, to the bouquet, all the way to the decor of your reception. From our experience, we prefer to capture the detail shots prior to the wedding ceremony and reception. During the day provides the best natural lighting and can create a gorgeous dynamic for detail shots. Ceremony and reception decor are best shot without the guests being present. We like to capture these details in a serene and unaltered state guaranteeing the bride and groom the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful detail of their wedding site.

Vibrant Colors

One of our favorite aspects of Indian wedding photography is the ability to capture the striking effect of the vibrant colors that are a part of Indian and multicultural weddings. Traditional Indian color palettes include eye catching reds, yellows, blues, greens, etc. It’s our goal to capture these hues in all their splendor. To do so, our team implements the use of state-of-the-art equipment along with HDR photography techniques that really draw out the color effect.


Indian Bride and Groom Photos
Our passion for this particular area goes without saying! We LIVE to capture epic Indian bride and groom shots and we get butterflies when we see them. From self portrait shots of the bride and groom themselves, to the totally amazing and loving photos of them together- we cherish creative Indian bride and groom shots. Of course, we love the traditional shots, but we really strive for the ones that take your breath away. We like the ones that show the raw passion or love for each other, or the shots that combine a stunning backdrop with an epic pose. Whether it’s day or night, our team has the ability to capture the romantic mood and ambiance that tie into beautiful bride and groom Indian wedding photography.


Want to check out some more examples of our favorite creative Indian wedding photography? Check out our photo gallery for some the spectacular shots our team has captured!

Looking for an Arab Wedding Photographer?

Looking for an Arab Wedding Photographer?

  Planning an Arab wedding? Chances are, you are going to need an Arab wedding photography and videography team that understands all the beautiful and meaningful culture that goes into an Arab Arab wedding photographerwedding. With years of experience in multicultural wedding photography and videography, our team at Saiaf Films has acquired a deep understanding of what it takes to get epic footage of all the meaningful rituals and culture that are a part of these types of weddings.

We know that Arab Muslim and Arab Christian cultures are very family oriented and there are a number of very important rituals and traditions that take place at an Arab wedding. As passionate Arab Wedding photographers, our team is adamant about capturing your special day and all its cultural beauty in an artistic and unforgettable way.

https://saiaffilms.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/IMG_1503-Edit.jpgMarriage is one of the most monumental steps you will take in life! Our Saiaf Films team has had the privilege to witness some epic and unforgettable Arab weddings. We know how important it is to have stunning wedding photos to remind you of how wonderful your wedding day was. We believe that you should never have to compromise between epic wedding photos and the traditions that take place at your event. Therefore, our team is skilled in the areas necessary to produce stunning footage while still maintaining a focus on the cultural traditions that take place at an Arab wedding.

We offer a team of female Arab wedding photographers and male Arab wedding photographers providing our clients with the ability to have the privacy they need. That way, they still have the privilege of an Arab wedding photographer that can be present for all the special moments. Our team understands, appreciates and respects the customs of an Arab wedding and all the customs it consists of.

Want to check out some stunning Arab wedding photography? Check out our gallery for some Arab wedding inspiration!

Great Wedding Photos You Must Have!

Great Wedding Photos You Must Have!

  When the big day arrives, it is going to be one of the most exciting, important and memorable days of your life! That being the case, you want to have a way to look back and remember those key moments. The best way to do that? Great wedding photos, of course! It always helps to meet or talk with your wedding photographer ahead of time- just to make sure you are all on the same page about what kind of wedding photos you want.


But- what if you don’t yet know what kind of wedding pictures you want? No worries! We are here to share our ideas for great wedding photos that you should definitely request. Obviously, the list is a long one. So keep an eye out for our future posts about additional great wedding photos you will want to make sure you get!

Getting Ready

One of the best memories of your wedding will be the moments where both the bride and groom are getting ready. Looking at these memories will help you remember the excitement of that very moment.

The Dress

You will have plenty of photos where you are wearing it, but why not get an everlasting memory of how it looked the first moment you saw it- perfect.

Fun Details

These include wedding photos of the rings, the shoes, special accessories or jewelry, perhaps important wedding decorations, invitations, welcome bags, the bouquets etc. These photos are fun to look back on and reminiscence about all the little details that went into planning your epic event.


The First Look

This moment is at the top of the list for most important memories! Looking back on your First Look moments will help remember those butterflies in your stomach with the enormous amount of excitement and love for your beloved.

Emotional Moments

You will definitely want a focus on any emotional moment that you experienced. Whether it be while the pre-ceremony notes are read, or the final moment before your father walks you down the aisle- these are memories you want to look at for years to come.

Ceremony Memories

Be  sure to have shots of the bride walking down the aisle, and the groom’s face as he watches.

Elegant Wedding Hijab Styles

Beautiful Wedding Hijab Looks

  As a wedding photography and videography team that specializes in multicultural weddings, Saiaf Films has had the privilege of capturing some of the most beautiful brides! Our experience has provided us with a deep understanding of the beauty and elegance behind the wedding hijab and the brides who wear them. The hijab is a type of veil worn by a bride to symbolize spiritual aspiration. Over the years, it has been adapted for brides to express their own style by adorning the hijab with different drapings or accessories. Here, our team shares the beauty and elegance in a variety of wedding hijab styles and the beautiful brides who wore them.

Elegant Turban Style Hijab

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Words can’t even describe the beauty and elegance of this particular hijab style. It provides the perfect combination of lace, pearl and tulle all in a gorgeous bright white. The bride is wearing a white under-scarf beneath an elegant lace accented fabric. Placed into a turban style hijab, the bride is complimented perfectly by the vibrancy of the white material. We love this chic elegant style which gave this bride a classic and timeless appeal!

Jeweled Hijab

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This bride selected an elegant, simple white hijab that is accented with a eye-catching jeweled headband. The hijab itself is topped with single tier, tulle veil  that drapes behind her perfectly. The soft cream colored wedding hijab frames her face in a subtle, yet beautiful way. Her jeweled headband pairs with the elegant jeweled belt of her wedding dress adding a unique combination of accents.

The Lifted Hijab

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This stunning bride is adorned with a hijab that is lifted towards the back to provide a heightened effect. The hijab itself is draped in multiple folds towards the front in order to create a subtle cascading look. Her face is framed beautifully by this particular hijab style.

The Regal Hijab


This hijabi bride looks majestic with her heavily embroidered dupatta. This particular hijab is exquisitely accented with an abundance of jewels, which complement her wedding style perfectly. She looks stunningly regal as the wedding hijab lays loosely over her shoulders. Elegance and beauty are obvious with this gorgeous style.

What You May Not Know About Wedding Photos

What You May Not Know About Wedding Photos

  When it comes to having your wedding photos taken, there may be a few things you aren’t already aware of. That’s okay! In case you didn’t know already, our team at Saiaf Films is highly skilled in all things wedding photography and videography. After years of working in this industry, we have developed a thorough understanding of all those factors that play into capturing amazing and unforgettable wedding photos. Over the years, we have discovered that not everyone is fully aware of what a wedding photography session really entails. Therefore, we would like to share our thoughts about wedding photos and let you in on the little aspects you might not know yet!

Engagement photos are a great test-run!wedding photos

It’s true! Believe us when we say, it is worth it to have professional engagement photos taken. Not only does it set you up with an amazing collection of photos for you and your fiance, but it also helps take the edge off. For couples who have never had their photos taken professionally, the wedding photos can be somewhat intimidating. Have an engagement photo shoot will provide you with a little bit of practice when it comes to posing and being comfortable in front of the camera. It is especially beneficial if you plan on using the same photographer for your wedding photos. Your photographer will get an idea of your photography style before your big day.

Don’t be strict on your wedding day schedule.

It is definitely important to have a wedding day schedule. Unfortunately though, things can happen. So, it is important to stay somewhat flexible. Maybe a vendor is running behind schedule, or perhaps the weather just isn’t playing in your favor- no matter the issue, try to keep somewhat of a positive outlook. Your wedding photographer will be skilled and familiar with even the worst wedding mishaps. Try to trust their instincts and roll with what they have in mind- even if it means postponing a session to a better time of day.

Your face may hurt, and your cheeks will get sore!

Of course, smiling for an extended period time does have some minor drawbacks. Your cheeks may be achy, your eyes may feel squinty from the lights. But, believe us when we say- your wedding photos will be worth it. It’s hard to keep smiling after so many photos. Try to remember just how amazing this day is. Above all, be natural. Even if your smile isn’t a wide ear-to-ear one, a subtle one is just as good if not better.

Once your wedding photos are in your hands, you will be so grateful that you elected to have them done. Especially if you choose a team as talented as the ones we have at Saiaf Films. Above all, make sure you enjoy your special day. It will make those wedding photos all the better when they are complete.

Roxanne and Gustavo’s Arizona Wedding

Roxanne and Gustavo’s Arizona Wedding

  https://saiaffilms.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/IMG_3049.jpgHere at Saiaf Films, we have the pleasure of capturing some of the most beautiful and amazing wedding events ever! Every event offers something unique and intriguing. Every moment is memorable. We have met so many wonderful and amazing people over our years of experience. We cherish these memories, almost as much as the people we are photographing. Roxanne and Gustavo’s Arizona wedding was nothing short of what we just described. It was a beautiful and breathtaking experience for our whole team that had the privilege of attending.

This particular wedding was truly fit for a king and queen. From the very moment we arrived, the couple’s amazing and personable family were gracious and friendly. From the very start, they were having a great time celebrating this beautiful day. The bridal party had a blast as we captured some amazing and unique photos. Their turquoise accent color was appealing and highlighted the beauty of each bridal party member. The groomsmen were excited and their energy was so easy to capture in every picture we took.https://saiaffilms.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/IMG_2816.jpg

The couple selected a gorgeous chariot that was utilized perfectly in a number of their photos. It created such a surreal and meaningful image. Their particular wedding was held at a gorgeous venue that gave a unique and romantic vibe to their day. There were brick walls that we used for a backdrop along with beautiful archways and grand scale wooden doors.

Roxanne and Gustavo were such vibrant and enthusiastic individuals. Their love and connection with each other was so apparent. The photos our team shot really captured the true beauty that illuminated them. Roxanne and Gustavo’s Arizona wedding took place at the perfect timing. There was a light breeze in the amazing desert air. The sun began setting perfectly as they said their vows to one another.

https://saiaffilms.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/IMG_4206-Edit1.jpgThe vibrant couple and their wonderful family and friends danced the night away. It was truly a night to remember. Our team loved being a part of this day and we will forever cherish the moments that this beautiful couple shared on their special day. Thank you Roxanne and Gustavo! We wish you all the best in your beautiful future together.

Wedding Spotlight: Sharaya and Jared’s Mesa Wedding

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IMG_3844Sharaya and Jared’s outdoor Mesa wedding was one of the most memorable and photogenic weddings that our team has had the privilege of capturing. Right off the bat our team was excited to shoot their special day as it was to take place at the gorgeous Superstition Manor in Mesa, Arizona. We knew that meant there was going to be a glorious Mesa weddingSuperstition Mountain backdrop. And of course, we were not disappointed. On this particular day, the sun had set perfectly and we were privileged with an amazing variety of unforgettable footage of Sharaya and Jared’s Mesa wedding.

Upon our arrival, we were greeted by the wedding parties who were getting ready in separate rooms of the Superstition Manor. On of our female photographers captured unforgettable and meaningful footage of the bride and the bridal party as they were getting ready for this special event. Some of our most favorite shots were when the bride, Sharaya, was with her mother and sister having their makeup done. This was followed by them helping her to put her dress on.

One advantage to having a team of photographers like Saiaf Films is our ability to simultaneously capture other moments. While the bride’s memories were being filmed, our team of male photographers and videographers were with the groom and his groomsmen capturing the moments of them getting ready as well. Mesa weddingA notable and intriguing moment was when Sharaya’s sister delivered a special handwritten letter to Jared from his beautiful bride. His reaction was timeless and genuine. These moments always stand out to our team of photographers because they are some of the most important and intimate moments of a wedding day.

While at the Superstition Manor, our team greatly appreciated that the entire wedding was performed at this one particular location. From the ceremony to the reception, it was all held at this breathtaking venue. These opportunities always give peace of mind to the wedding party as it guarantees our ability to capture multiple important aspects all in one spot. We had the ability to explore all the beauty this gorgeous venue had to offer. This wonderful Mesa wedding was truly a fairytale event to remember. Thank you Sharaya and Jared for allowing us the beautiful opportunity to enjoy your wedding spectacle!

Team Member Spotlight: Frank Pantano

It’s that time again- Team Member Spotlight! In case you haven’t noticed already, we really cherish the team we have here at Saiaf Films. Over the years, we have gathered an impressive and talented group of wedding photographers. With their exceptional focus to detail and their passion for what we do, our team has the ability to work seamlessly together to maintain the vision of Saiaf Films.

As always, we extremely proud to offer our clients the opportunity to work with a wedding photography team that not only works well together, but genuinely appreciates their field of work. Each Team Member Spotlight will showcase one of our amazing wedding photographers. We had each of them answer a few select questions that will help our wonderful clients get and idea of just how passionate our crew really is. In this week’s Team Member Spotlight, we are proud to feature Frank Pantano.

To start, what is one of your favorite shots from Saiaf Films?

What is your favorite moment or tradition at weddings?
My favorite moment at a wedding is Dinner. I love good food. At weddings, it doesn’t get much better.

What is your favorite wedding location/venue?
Anything with involves the Superstition Mountains.

Any suggestions for couples on how to look amazing and feel comfortable in their photographs?
Drink a lot of orange juice right before the shoot.

How has witnessing so many weddings impacted your life/outlook?
Filming weddings is a lot of fun. It’s such a nice moment to be a part of, the whole family is there with friends. Everyone’s celebrating! There’s good food, dancing and the whole vibe is infectious. Just so carefree. The impact is great! Life is short- so tell someone you love them, eat some food and do a little dancing. Have fun. Don’t take yourself too seriously. I get reminded of that when I’m working a wedding.

Any advice for couples who are looking for their perfect wedding photographer?
Go with someone who makes you laugh.

If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
I would choose Hibernation. And if there was someway I could eat while I’m sleeping that’d be great too.

How about another Saiaf Films favorite video?

Thank you, Frank. We really appreciate you being a part of the Saiaf Films team!

Wedding Spotlight: Ali and Rowan’s Multicultural Wedding

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When we first met Ali and Rowan, we truly realized the meaning of good character and genuine kindness. Within our very first meeting with the beautiful couple, they showered us with compliments and described how they truly loved the quality of our work. They explained how they wanted to have the same excellence within their own wedding photography. Their passion was evident and made the planning of their multicultural wedding that much more exciting. Of course, they asked- we delivered.

Wedding Ceremony and Reception

Ali and Rowan’s multicultural wedding was held at the luxurious Hilton Phoenix-Mesa. It was the perfect culmination of three very distinct cultures- Pakistani, Afghan and Palestinian- that were joined together to witness multicultural weddingthe beautiful union of love. At the start of the evening, our female wedding photographer and videographer accompanied Rowan as she was getting ready for her special night. Simultaneously, our male photographer and videographer were with Ali as he prepared for the evening. Some of our favorite photos were of the intricate and detailed wedding shoes that the bride and groom wore. Meanwhile, the rest of our team was in the wedding hall, capturing memorable photos and videos of Ali and Rowan’s family and friends as they arrived to the even. The wedding venue was one of the nicest in the area and maintains a classy and elegant image on the exterior and interior- which makes for amazing wedding photos!

The couple chose a spectacular silver and white classy color palette that illuminated the wedding hall perfectly. Ali and Rowan’s faces were also enhanced by the elegant brightness that the color selection created. Rowan wore gorgeous wedding accessories that complimented her embroidered wedding gown. Her hijab sparkled along with it. Ali was adorned in an exquisite embroidered suit that had a silver and gray hue. The details of their wedding were multicultural weddingbreathtaking and unforgettable. From the smallest details of their attire to their elegant and theme worthy wedding cake, Ali and Rowan truly looked like royalty on their wedding night. Trust us, we have the photos to prove it!

To this day, our clients are impressed by the vibrancy and all around glamour of Ali and Rowan’s wedding. It remains as a Saiaf Films favorite because of the vivaciousness and thought put into the beauty of this multicultural wedding. Their love was infectious and truly showed in the passion they put into planning such a glorious event. Thank you Ali and Rowan for being such a captivating and inspiring couple! We will forever be inspired by your welcoming spirits and the beautiful unity we witness at your unforgettable multicultural wedding.

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