Post # 1
Just putting together our wedding day timeline for the photographer, and realized that because of our Catholic gap, we either need to pay a ton of money for extra hours, or lose pictures of getting ready or end of the night events (bouquet toss, etc). Our package includes 8 hours of two photographers. Any advice how to do this?
8:00 hair and makeup appointments
12:30 arrive at church
1:00 mass begins
2:00-4:30 formal portraits
5:00 cocktail hour
6:00 dinner served
7:00 cake cut, first dance, f/d dance, m/s dance
8:30 bouquet toss
10:00 reception ends
Right now I am thinking we will have the included 8 hours of coverage be from 11:30-7:30.
It’s with the extra hours for one photographer that I run into more problems. I know we are not having her stay until the end (we only need so many pictures of people dancing), but at least through the bouquet toss at 8:30ish (1 extra hour). I really don’t want to spend a ton of money, but each extra hour is $250. There is no way that I can afford for her to cover my hair appointment, and I really wanted pictures of that. If I add one hour at the beginning of the day, that still only brings her to 10:30. Does anyone have any insight into how to do this? Thanks in advance!
Post # 3
Another question: does the time that the photographers spend eating (we are providing them both with meals) count towards your 8 hours? I have a feeling it does 🙁
Post # 4
Can you have one photographer start early then leave earlier than the other?
One could start at 10 am(you will still be in makeup and hair) and work until 6 pm. The other could start at 12:30 and work to 8:30.
This will give you the overlap of two photographers during the busy times.
This may not be an alternative as they may want to work together for the entire 8 hours.
Post # 5
I’m not sure if I will be able to do that, since they are a wife/husband team, but I guess it doesn’t hurt to ask!
Post # 6
Can you stagger the two photographers, or do both of them have to be there at the exact same time? You really don’t need two photographers for getting ready photos, so if one could work from 11:30 – 7:30 and the other works from like 12:30 – 8:30, you would be a little more covered.
Another thought: you can move up the bouquet toss to right after the family dances, and that will cut off a little time.
Also, you’ll need to ask your photographers if eating is on the clock or not. Mine worked it out so that one person ate while the other one took pictures, and then they switched.
Post # 8
@Leprechaun: Yes usually the photographer’s eating time is included. It’s only fair that they be allowed to take a quick break being on their feet that long. Since you have two photographers you could ask them to stagger their eating times so one photographer is always shooting instead of them both sitting out at the same time.
As far as the Catholic break, this is tough for many Catholic brides. I’m Catholic myself so I personally try to work with local brides and don’t charge them for the break time – I leave the area, go eat, relax, charge batteries, unload memory cards, etc. I actually like having a few hours break.
I’m not sure they would do this, but do you think they would split their time a bit? There are some aspects of the day that you aren’t going to require two photographers (like that huge chunk of hair/makeup time. Also, 2/5 hours for family/formal shots seems like a really long time unless you have an enormous family. I’ve never had that time last more than one hour. This is a long shot, I don’t know many who would be willing to do it, but it won’t hurt to ask. Just explain how important it is that you have the whole day covered but that you don’t need two photographers in the morning and may not need two photographers all the way to end of the reception. When I offer a second shooter I usually have them for the major stuff (5-6 hours) and let the couple choose what block of time they’d like the extra photographer.
Post # 9
@Mrs. Spring: Haha we’re all thinking the same thing! Love it. =)
Post # 10
I agree with BeeM completely! I have had this asked of me, and I personally have no problem working with the clients need’s in this area. I just take a quick re-charging break. I enjoy it too…
I would ask your photographer if they would be willing to split the time for you. Good luck!