Photo timeline

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: How many hours of photography do you think I need?
    8 : (9 votes)
    45 %
    9 : (2 votes)
    10 %
    10 : (7 votes)
    35 %
    11 : (1 votes)
    5 %
    12 : (1 votes)
    5 %
    Other (please elaborate) : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I’d probably get a photographer from 12 – 8, I don’t think you need 10 hours at all. I don’t think you need an hour between getting ready and the first look though. 

    Post # 5
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    405 posts
    Helper bee

    @pinkrose23:  Hmmm…. I’d be more inclined to go with a photographer that offers “all day” coverage.  It’s pricier though.  :/

    You definitely want someone through the whole reception!  You don’t want to miss out on the dancing pictures, or cake cutting, or the send off!  If you have one from 12pm – 11pm, you should be good.  Just pay for 11 hours total.

    Post # 7
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    3280 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    @pinkrose23:  I’ve never seen a photographer stay the whole reception. They typically leave once the cake cutting, toasts, and special dances are done then a bit of guests dancing. If you want 3 hours of guest dancing pics it’s fine, it’s just that guests usally take pics then and most people don’t like pictures of them dancing lol There’s nothing wrong with wanting a photographe the whole time, but if you want to save money I don’t think it’s necessary. 

    Edit: I’ve also never been to a wedding with a send off, so maybe it’s a region thing and you may want that captured

    Post # 8
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    405 posts
    Helper bee

    @pinkrose23:  No, 2 hours isn’t overkill, especially if you want getting ready pics of the guys too.  They probably don’t needs as much time though.  🙂

    FWIW, most weddings I’ve been to have had the photographer stay until the send-off.  Some people don’t do send-off’s though.  

    Post # 9
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    260 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2010

    I’ve rarely stayed until the very end of the reception. Sometimes (not always!) the receptions end earlier than expected, and since the client paid already, I stay until the time stipulated in the contract, even if the staff is already cleaning up. It’s better to pay until a certain time, and only ask for more time if you really need it. And ask to have this in the contract, if you were to need more time, how much would it be. I charge the same amount as the hourly rate, but other photographers may not want to stay longer, and thus charge more to discourage the client. 

    I think 12-8 or 12:30 to 8:30 sounds like a good timeline. Are you doing something special for the send off??

    Post # 11
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    4877 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    @pinkrose23:  The best thing you can do is talk to your photographer about it. Go over your timeline for the day, your wishes, etc. Every photography works differently, and every photographer takes a different amount of time for certain things. 

    For example, I’m really quick with my “family formals”. It’s just something I’ve crafted over the years and I’ve got it down to a science. I can typically do them in 20 minutes, or less. Some photographers take much longer for that and may need to allocate more time. Likewise, the time I designate for “getting ready” isn’t just hair/makeup photos. That’s also the time I do detail shots (dress, rings, flowers, etc) as well as the cermeony/reception setups if they’re finished. Some photographers save those things for later. All that will affect your timeline. 

    ETA: Like others mentioned, I rarely stay until the very end. You can only shoot the dancing but so much until every photo looks the same. You’re paying a lot of money for a lot of duplicate pictures. 

    Post # 12
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    4163 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

    I only had our getting ready photos for the final touches. Hair and makeup was done at a salon, and photographer met me at the hotel afterwards, for pix of me putting on the dress, applying lipstick, final touches. Our photographer wasn’t at the last hour of the reception, and it don’t feel that anything was missed.

    Post # 13
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    1769 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    Ask the photographer for their typical timeline – no need to make it up yourself. If all events are in one location, my photog starts 2-3 hrs before ceremony depending on whether there’s a first look or not. Our cocktail hr pics will also be 1-1.5 hrs max, but you have a longer gap. We’re getting 9 hrs (our photog’s standard), which means he’d be there til 11 Or midnight. Our reception won’t be over til after that, but we aren’t doing a sendoff. We’ll be staying on site (ceremony and reception venue Re also our hotel) to do afterparty. 

    Post # 14
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    2167 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    I’m going to agree witht the all day coverage, that way you are not worried about how much time is spent here and there.

    Post # 15
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    229 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @pinkrose23:  I don’t think you need the photographer until the end of the reception. If you’re doing a send off- you could do a “fake send off” earlier in the evening while the photogs are still there. That’s what we did, and it was fine- just make sure your guests know it’s fake and the party will continue right after. I also don’t think you need to have the photogs there the WHOLE time you’re getting ready, but that’s my opinion. If you think you’ll want all that captured, then by all means book the photog for the whole time. 🙂

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