Post # 1
I’m working on my photography timeline for the wedding day, and taking into account getting ready and photos before the ceremony, and our exit at the end of the reception, I will be asking our photographer to work a total of 8 hours. Is this excessive? I feel bad quoting a start time of 2:30 and an end time of 10:30. Obviously she will have time for breaks, and be fed, etc; and our package is for unlimited hours the day of the wedding.
How long is your photographer working? Is 8 hours too much?
Post # 3
That doesn’t seem excessive to me. Our package includes two photographers for 12 hours so we can capture everything from morning mimosas and getting ready to the very last dance. No need to feel bad since you are surely paying her for her time!
Post # 4
Eight hours is pretty typical. My photographer offers 4, 6, 8, and 12 hour blocks (plus extra hours). She’ll be working about 8 1/2 hours for us, simply because she has a tendency to show up a bit early and stay a bit late.
Post # 5
- Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall
I think 8 hours is pretty typical. Our package is for 6, we’re planning on paying for at least an hour of overtime. I feel like ours needs less time because our ceremony and reception are at the same location, as are all the pictures.
Post # 6
We’re going with 10 hours and I’m worried even that won’t be enough because I want to capture all the precious moments of the day.
Post # 7
@babu22: I would love to get the hair salon mimosas captured that day, but I feel guilty asking her to be with us from 11am onward that day. I can talk to her and find out how she feels about it. Otherwise, I’m going to go with non-pro pics of getting hair and makeup done, and have her start at 2:30 right before I get into my dress.
Post # 8
two photographers for 7 hours. We’re not doing a first look. .I don’t need any pics of people getting ready or any of that stuff.
They will start taking pics at 3:30 pm so I think we’re good. Between that, our camera-totin’ guests, and the photo booth ..lots o pics!
Post # 9
I had our photographers for 10 hours, so I don’t think 8 is excessive at all.
Post # 10
Our contract is for 8 hours, but after seeing our venue she said she will probably be shooting for longer (free of charge for us). I am pretty sure 8 is the normal amount of hours 🙂
Post # 11
I think we have 8 hours. Either that or 10…I’d have to check.
Post # 12
an 8 hour photography package is quite normal. That’s what we did, and I got my brother to take our getting ready photos at the salon and the hotel before our first look and formal portraits. (he has a good camera, and I love what he took)
we didn’t do an “exit” like you describe, and our reception went longer than our photog was there for, but he captured all the important parts. Our guy worked from 3 to 11pm, so your time frame sounds great.
Post # 13
8 hours is typical around here – sure, it seems like a long time, but most people work eight hour days in their offices – and they wouldn’t offer it if they didn’t like to do it 🙂
Post # 14
Photographers will work however long you hire them for, and if it is too long they’ll tell you! But I’ve never heard of 8 hours being too long. I second-shot a wedding last weekend that hired us for 9 hours and I’m doing one this coming weekend where we are scheduled for 13 hours!
Just make sure if youre photographer his hired more than 4-5 hours that you’re feeding them dinner.
Post # 15
Mine doesn’t really have a limit as long as it is reasonable. He will start around 2pm and stay until the end of the night. It will be around 11-12 hours. That is his “full day” package to cover everything. Although I imagine there would be extra cost if you wanted to start at 8am or something!
Post # 16
We have two photographers that work 8 hours each 🙂 Our ceremony starts at 4 and the reception ends at 9:30ish, so we think they’ll be able to capture all day’s events. If the girls get ready really early though, I’ll just have some of my bridesmaids with DSLR cameras shoot some pix.