How many hours would you have your photographer for?

posted 2 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

If you want pictures of you getting ready and bridal party, ceremony and then the reception……. I’m thinking you are going to need the 8 hour…. but I don’t know your timeline (ceremony time, reception time) so I can’t really tell for sure. 

I think 8 sounds better off, it is only 500 bucks more and you get a book? As in like a nice album? That’s a no brainer

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I would got 8 hours. We had ours for 10 hours and I didn’t do getting ready pics. 

Post # 4
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Blushing bee

MrsPiggles:  Agree. Our book is costing almost $1000 from the photographer. No brainer. 6 hours will NOT be enough if you want getting ready photos. We’re not having dancing, and we still will have ours for 8 hours. 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

amelliafay:  If you want getting ready pictures I think you will definitely want to go with the 8 hour timeline! We are doing getting ready photos, too, and we are paying our photog to stay an extra hour (we have a six hour reception!) so we’ve got her for 9 hours.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

glasskey:  Our book is 900 dollars haha. I don’t really understand why they are so darn expensive!!!!!!

Post # 7
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Blushing bee

MrsPiggles:  Isn’t it insane??? I think about $100-$200 is the actual cost of printing the book (at least that’s what it costs on like Shutterfly for a comparable book), but the photographers DO put a lot of time into editing the photos and laying them out. While I obviously think it’s insanely expensive, I do recognize that it will take them a TON of time, plus I’m paying for their expertise.

 

That said. So expensive!! I’m paying more for photography than he paid for the ring AND our honeymoon! 

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I think ours were there for a good 10 hours so I would definitely say 8 hours!

Post # 10
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Helper bee

amelliafay:  I agree, I think if you want getting ready photos, have the 8 hours. It will be worth it, photos are the one thing not to skimp on – you will have these forever! Also answering the original question, we are having our photographer, a secondary photographer, and their assistant for 12 hours. From soup to nuts, we’re having it covered (literally!). 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

We had ours for 10 hours and I almost wish I had had more time! My thoughts – you can’t ever have too much time with your photographer.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I’m doing 6 hours, and my photographer will be showing up at the venue when I arrive, which is 2 hours early. Basically, this means he’ll be getting what I consider to be important, such as putting on the dress, the jewelry, touch ups, and final touches. This also gives us time for wedding party pictures. He’s leaving at 9 and the reception ends at 10, but that’s okay with me, because I really do not want hundreds of dancing pictures. I think it just depends on what exactly you’re envisioning when you say you want “getting ready pictures”– do you want the whole makeup and hair process, or just putting on your dress, shoes, and touch ups? Also, do you need pictures of the entire reception, or is it okay if your phtographer leaves early?

 

I think you should chat with your photographer and see what the options are as far as when they arrive and leave. However, for only $500 dollars more, 8 hours might be the best way to go!

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2014 - Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts

I would pick the 8 hours depending on location of both hotel and venue or for the fact that you get a book with that package. I had mine for 6 hours. From 4pm to 10pm. Although it was enough time for us, I was late getting my look fully completed cause I didn’t get out of shower until like 345pm. My photographer was already there ready to start. Her husband was at the venue shooting the guys. The ceremony didn’t start until 6pm so we had two hours for getting ready photos, first look, and bridal party photos…it was enough time because the hotel and venue were next to one another and the place where we shot the first look and bridal party shots were located in between both buildings. The photographers left at 10 and that’s about the time the reception ended although we had the space until 11pm.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Ours will be there for about 12 hours, but we are taking almost all of our pictures before the ceremony and hes really big on the details. 

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

You’ll need at least 8. I only booked ours for 8 and I’m kind of regretting not getting more time.

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