(Closed) Photographer Hours

posted 10 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

Our photog is arriving at the venue around 2 hours before the ceremony.  That will give us time to have pictures of us getting ready, and family pictures before the ceremony.  Partly we like the idea of "getting ready" pictures, and we don’t want to keep the guests waiting (or miss out on the whole cocktail hour ourselves) by having all the pictures taken after the ceremony.  We will have some pictures then – signing the marriage license and such – and then the photog will start taking pictures of the reception.  We are also having some pictures near the end of the reception, as we want some sunset shots. 

We came up with this schedule talking with our photographer about our ceremony/reception schedule, and the photos we wanted.  I would sit down with your photog and go through it with him – he will know how much time he needs to get the pictures you want.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

Agree w/ Suzanno above, talk it through with your photog, since s/he will be delivering on what you want.

Our photog arrived 2 hours prior to the ceremony start.  Took minimal pics of both parties getting ready, then the groom with his groomsmen and family, then me and my maids and family to get those all out of the way.

Most ceremony, there was just a few shots of the whole bridal party, then a couple of big family shots, and then shots of just us.  After that, the photog was free to just take photojournalist shots of the action as it was happening the rest of the night.

Since you’ve worked so hard to get everyone you care about in a room to celebrate your wedding, we did not want to miss out on too much.  We made a list of all the critical shots we wanted, and gave it to our photog prior to the wedding. 

We also appointed a close friend who knew all the players w/ the responsibility of rounding up the key people for pictures, so that we didn’t waste time looking or waiting for Aunt so-and-so who didn’t know she was supposed to be in the shot.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2008

I think every photographer has a different policy.  Most have an hour limit on their packages, I thinka  fully day is usuaslly 8 hours, depending on whether you have the pre-ceremony stuff at the site or not.  Also it depends on the length of your ceremony ( could be 30-60+ min).  Also usually it’s for when you want them to get there and when they leave.  NOT when they’re actually shooting.  So I think driving would be part of their charged time.

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I booked my photographer for 10 hours since his rates are not that high. But I really don’t know what I want to do for these 10 hours yet 😛

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

We have ours for 7 hours total, although I know they are flexible about that kind of thing and really we have them from two hours before the wedding until we don’t want them anymore.  We want sunset pics outside, so they will arrive around 2 pm and stay until after sunset.  We have no driving between venues (everything at the same place) but if we did, I would their driving time to be included in the hours I pay for.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

I can only answer the first – it just depends.  When you book your package, it will be for a certain number of hours.  Our photog’s standard package is 6 hrs.  We wanted at least seven, possibly eight, and he agreed to provide that for the same price.  But you should definately not sign a contract for 6 and just assume they will stick around late…  in that case, if I was them, I would charge you extra too!  Talk to them in detail about when you want them to show up, and about the schedule for the ceremony and reception, and how late you need them to stay.  We have been working with this same photographer for family portraits for years, so that may make a difference in the service we get.  He is also really flexible with us about payment, but then he knows from experience that he doesn’t need to get a deposit on a session for us to show back up and pay for the pictures…

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2009

8-10 hours is usually the minimum time required for a full day event if you want pre-ceremony, ceremony, post-ceremony portraits, and reception coverage. If you only need ceremony, post-ceremony and reception coverage, then 6-7 hours may suffice.

As for paying overtime, unless your photographer offers unlimited full day coverage, expect to pay an overtime per-hour fee. Would you offer to work ex tra hours at your job without being compensated? Probably not. And if they do offer unlimited coverage, don’t be abusive and expect them to work from 8AM to  midnight. 10 hours of coverage is the max to be expected especially if they are traveling more than 30 minutes each way and/or you don’t plan on tipping.

A lot of people seem to feel that if the photographer is an independent or studio owner, you should’t tip them. To me, that doesn’t make sense. Especially when most people are perfectly ok about tipping your makeup artist, event planner, cake baker or DJ for a job well done when chances are they also work for themselves. You should tip any vendor IF they do an exceptional job during your event. If you decide not to tip the photographer because they are the business owner, you should at least tip their second shooters or assistants who are a hired gun and are not a business owner. The tip doesn’t have to be huge. $100 for the main photographer and $40 or $50 for the second shooter/assistant is nice. And don’t forget to pay their parking if your venue has valet or charges a fee.

Regarding when you pay the photographer the final balance, that is up to the photographer and the contract that you sign. Most take the final balance either 30 days, two weeks, or 7 days prior to the event. Some take it on the day of. Only a few offer to have the final payment due sometime after the wedding, and that is usually only if you are ordering a wedding album.

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