(Closed) How many hours for photographer?

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: How many hours did you have your photographer?
    4 : (1 votes)
    3 %
    5 : (0 votes)
    6 : (3 votes)
    9 %
    7 : (2 votes)
    6 %
    8 : (12 votes)
    34 %
    9 : (8 votes)
    23 %
    10 : (4 votes)
    11 %
    11 : (2 votes)
    6 %
    12 : (3 votes)
    9 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    1627 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    Hi OP! I think it depends on the timeline of your day.  For example, we got married at 1:30 and had our first dances at 8pm so wanted to make sure the photographer was there a little before 1:30 for last minuted “getting ready pics” and then through the beginning of the dance so we did 8 hours.  (12:30-8:30…but she stayed longer per her choice).  But we also did not do a first look and did all of our pics between the ceremony & reception.

    Post # 4
    Bee
    1902 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2012 - Franklin Plaza

    I agree that it depends on your timeline. We had our photog for 8 hours which was perfect for us and our timeline. They showed up at 2pm for getting ready shots, first look was at 3pm, followed by portraits. Our ceremony started at 5pm, our reception started at 5:30pm and they stayed until 10pm which was about an hour before the reception ended. Perfect for us, but again, it depends on your specific timeline. Good luck!

    Post # 6
    Member
    8884 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    I voted wrong now that I think about it. I thought it was 7 but I think it was more of 8-8.5.  She started around 12:30 and stopped around 9. She is a friend of mine so I said that once the first dances were over (aside from cake cutting) I wanted her to sit back and have fun.

    Post # 7
    Member
    9400 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I have mine for 9.  Ceremony is at 5:30pm and the reception starts pretty soon after (probably by 6:30) since they’re in the same location.  I plan on doing almost all of the pictures beforehand. 

    I’m thinking 12:30pm-9:30pm should be good to get some getting ready photos, first look, bridal party photos (somewhere else), and formal family photos at the ceremony site.

    Most important for me are the bridal party photos, formal family photos, ceremony photos, and all the special photos (dance, cake cutting, etc).  I would like photos of all of the accessories and decor too.  I want some getting ready and dancing/party photos too…but there is a limit on those.  I think there are only so many of those before they get to be boring and repetitive.  

    You probably don’t need 4 hours worth of getting ready photos, for instance.  Often they could come at the last minute to photograph your dress beforehand and then you getting into your dress.  I would focus your hours around what is most important to you (photo-wise) and then add a little before and after to get everything you want.

    Post # 8
    Bee
    1902 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2012 - Franklin Plaza

    @jpalm13:  I think getting ready pics are really a personal choice. Although if you aren’t doing a first look that will cut down on your timeline a bit and you would potentially have enough time for them. I personally love our getting ready shots, but again it’s personal preference. Without them I would not have gotten special photos like this:

    Post # 10
    Member
    1382 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    We have our photogs for 8 hours, which I think it ample time.  I actually want to be able to drink my heart out at the end of the night.. and I can’t do this until the photogs leave.. I turn BRIGHT RED when I drink.

    Post # 11
    Bee
    1902 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2012 - Franklin Plaza

    @jpalm13:  Yay! Hope it works out for you. We had a similar package (8 hours, 2 photogs, engagement photos) and have no complaints! 🙂 Good luck!

    Post # 13
    Member
    550 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I am also trying to figure out how long to have my photographer (who is also a friend and guest, so we’ll have a second shooter). I don’t know if I want/need getting ready pics. I know I’m doing a first look, though. It’s hard! 

    Post # 15
    Member
    384 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    I actually have no clue how many hours we have the photographer booked for. Hopefully not too long.

    Post # 16
    Member
    10454 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2014

    I’m getting 12 hours. It could be done in 9, but it was only $200 more to go up to the 12 hour full day package so why not.

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