(Closed) how many hours for a photographer

posted 9 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Our photographer had different tiems lisetd in different packages. I believe they started at 8, or 10. Our package includes unlimited. Most of the photographers we spoke with had tiemsl isted in the package.

 Have you asked him/her what is common? Does it cost extra to have him/her longer?

Post # 4
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Bumble bee

Wowza. I’m only getting six hours!

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

We will also be having our photographer for 6 hours…about an hour for the ceremony, hour for pictures in between, and about a 4 hour reception. I would have prefered to have them for another hour or two for getting ready photos and maybe a few bridal party photos beforehand, but we’re already way beyond our initial budget. 

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009 - Harbison Chapel & The Maple Lane Farm

Our package includes up to 12 hours, and right now we plan to have them there the whole time.  Our wedding is at 4:30 and we are having an evening reception, but we might to pictures before hand, and I think getting a lot of before pictures will be fun. We had one photographer who only did 6 hours say to us "do you really need that many pictures of people dancing at the reception?".  We found him to be a little rude, personally I want the whole day captured and if we only use half the pictures well find by me.  If we didn’t get such a great deal on price tho, I probably would have gone with 8 hours.  Our time line is roughly, brunch/start getting ready around 10 am, we’ll do pictures before the ceremony which starts at 4:30, and our reception starts at 5:30.  So I guess we are looking at 10-10.  It might seem like a lot, but I think not feeling rushed to get pictures before hand will be fantastic, and they won’t have to be snapping our photo every second during the reception so we’ll be a little more relaxed. And the chances of everyone getting into a few pictures is pretty darn good.  I think if you make that timeline you’ll be able to decide what’s best for you for sure.  Good luck!

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

We have sheduled our photographer for 2 hours before the ceremony began through 5 hours for our ceremony and reception.  My sister only booked her photographer for the 2 hours prewedding and only 4 hours of the ceremony/reception.  She regrets not having any pictures from the last hour and the get away.  She didnt think she would care, but now looking back she wishes she would have paid for the extra hour.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

I am having my photographer for 9-10 hours.  I want them there for when my FI  and I are getting ready seprately and just for the whole day and through the reception.  They aren’t going to be there for the whole reception but for most of it.  The day only happens once and I don’t want to miss anything or a photo opportunity for that matter!!!!  I can add on extra time to my package if I want or take it off.  It’s a really nice deal to have!  With my package I also get two photo albums for myself, and a choice of 3 sizes of portraits and then 2 parents albums for my FI and my parents.

Post # 9
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Newbee

I think it depends on how long the wedding & ceremony are. One friend had a photographer there in the morning – at 7am to take photos while people were getting ready and then wanted them there through the wedding, the time break in between the wedding and the reception, and the reception. But the reception started about 5 hours after the wedding ceremony. So she ended up hiring the photographer for about 15 hours. Another friend had a wedding + reception right after each other (and a quick ceremony), so they ended up only needing about 6 hours to cover the whole thing. Hope that helps!

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2007

So I’m actually a photographer, and I did over 30 weddings last year. 

 This year, I actually dropped my four hour package because it really wasn’t enough time.  So now I offer a six, eight, and ten hour package.

While you can technically get decent coverage with six hours, eight or ten is ideal to get a good representation of your day.  If you get someone to come towards the end of your getting ready and leave just a bit before the end of the reception, that is a LOT of pictures, and you really should be covered.  🙂

I usually tell my brides that it’s best I come in the middle of their hair being done, and before their makeup goes on.  Then they are at least mid-stages of looking fabulous.  🙂  And honestly, unless it’s super important your photographer get the very last dance of the night, an hour or two of dancing usually is a pretty good amount.  (Dancing shots tend to look kind of similar after a couple hours.)  🙂

 Hope this helps! 

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Thanks mpacif for asking this question! And thanks Reby for your insight! The photographer we booked is for 8 hours, which for a 2:30 ceremony and reception ending at 10:30 seemed just right, but with all the gorgeous getting ready photos out there I now plan to ask the photographer to come a half hour earlier than the ceremony and leave a half hour before the end of the reception. We’re not planning a get away so it’s not really important for us to have him take photos of us saying good-bye to our guests.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

We went with a photog who didn’t limit their hours….whenever we needed him that day, he’d be there. It’s also a husband-and-wife team, so the wife will photograph the girls getting ready…and vice versa for the men.

That’s the latest trend with popular photographers (as they’re usually the ones who are more into getting the best shot, as opposed to making the most money). I would search for someone with no time constraints, if it’s in your budget!

 

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Ours also have no limit. They only have one package and they (husband and wife team) come when we are almost done getting ready (so they get all the dress shots) and stay until the party is over. I am so happy for this because I want to remember everything!

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

We had our photographer for 10 hours, which I thought was a good amount of time.  She and her assistant started while we were "getting ready" and ended about 1 hour after the open dancing started.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Wow.  We only have ours for 6 hours.  1/2 hour before Ceremony till the end of our Reception.  4:30-10:30pm.  

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

Our photog is for 10 hours, and our videographer is unlimited.

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