How Many Hours of Coverage?

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
2076 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

We just aren’t having him come until I get to the church.  I will already have hair and makeup done at a salon (I really dont need professional picks of that) and he will snap picture of my mom helping me into my dress once at the church.  We have a 10 hour package, which will only take us from 1 hour before the ceremony to the end of the reception.  We have a 6 hour reception and a 1.5 hour gap for pictures in between.  Our salon appointments are in the morning for a 3 ceremony, so we would have needed 15 hours to capture it all (and for me not necessary- there is no reason I need pro photos of me withy hair half done and no makeup on- a bridesmaid can snap a few for memories). 

I would take when your hair and makeup appointment starts until the end of the reception- that is the number of hours you need.  I might even have him come towards the end of getting ready just for some extra time at the end in case it runs late.  If you have a picture of yourself getting in the dress, everyone will get the idea in a photo album if you are interested in the story aspect of it.  

Post # 4
4750 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@MadameX:  The best thing you can do is talk with your photographer about it. Every photographer has a different way of doing things, and each photographer has their own time frame for how long they normally allocate things. For example, one photographer might need a full 60 minutes for family formals, while others may only need 30. Personally, I’m pretty quick with my family formals, so I really don’t take that much time, while others do. Also, with “getting ready” for me that’s just not photos of hair/makeup. That’s also the time that I’m doing detail shots (dress, rings, flowers, etc) as well as the ceremony/reception setup (if it’s the same location) so I generally suggest my couples allocate more time for “getting ready”.

Post # 5
357 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@MadameX:  We did 8 hours. Our venue rental was 5 hours (ceremony started at 530, ended at 1030). My photographer showed up a bit after we arrived and started hair (we did it at the venue) and stayed til the end. We didn’t do a whole bon voyage thing, but did a few late night pics before we got on the bus.

Depending how you do pics, some will be during the “wedding” unless you do first look and everything before the ceremony. We didn’t do a first looks, but I did pics with my fam and girls before the ceremony, and he did with his fam and his boys first. Then after the ceremony (during cocktail hour) we did formals/couple. I do seem to remember my photographer showed up a bit early, she maybe did 8.5 hours but some of that was her looking around the venue/area and not with us.

Our photo timeline was something like this:

1:30 pm – arrived at venue

2pm – photographer arrived and grabbed and golf cart to go scout locations. We startd hair/makeup.

2:30/3 – photogrpaher gets getting ready pics, takes pics of dress/shoes/details

3:30 – guys arrived, rushed into locker room

3:45 – I start my pics

4:30 – I go back to the suite, guys go take pics

5:30 – ceremony starts

6 – we do formals, everyone else does cocktail hour

7 -dinner, etc through end of the night.

Post # 6
8850 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

I think you just need to come up with a timeline and see what fits best.  We had 9 hours….  1:30 getting ready photos (and this is a great time for rings, dress, etc detail shots), 2:30 first look, 3:30 pre-cocktail hour, 4:30 ceremony, 5:00 cocktail hour and group shots, 6 – 10:30 reception shots.  If you really want her there til the very end, you’d have to go longer than we did.  We found that by that time of night, it seemed like we’d gotten all the photos we wanted (no grand exit).


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