(Closed) Photography at the end of reception?

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@the greatest of these is love:  Our photographer did this – actually, he left about halfway through the reception to make sure he had enough candid shots of people dancing.  He did tell us ahead of time that was the plan, so it wasn’t like we were looking for him to take a particular photo and he was gone.

Post # 4
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Busy bee

Completely normal. I’m a wedding photographer. I photograph, cake cutting, boquet/garter toss/ first dances, a few fast dances (with my awsome fish eye lens)….you can only skim through and take so many dancing photos. As long as the bride and groom are out there dancing, all is good.  My assistant is always looking around taking picutres of people mingling or getting group shots of friends/family taking pictures of each other.   Dancing pictures are over whelming…..

I always check with the b/g before I leave to see if they need anything else before I head out.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Ours did that.  You usually hire the photographer per hour and when you count getting ready pics through the reception that is a long day.  Our photographer left at 9pm.  She worked for 10 hours that day.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Personally, I would never hire a photographer that has a habit of leaving mid-reception.  While you might not NEED a photographer after that, a lot of people photograph the “send-off” at the end of the night.  Some of my favorite pictures are of me saying goodbye to my guests and the crowd clearing, just leaving me and my DH.

If you hire a photographer for “unlimited time”, then they shouldn’t be leaving until the reception is over.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

@the greatest of these is love:  Yes, that is completely normal!  Otherwise you’re paying for them to stand around watching people get drunk and bad dance moves!  I would rather have them earlier for getting ready than later.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

@the greatest of these is love:  And usually the photogs won’t just up and leave at the end of the night, they’ll check in and if you want them to stay later just pay them a bit of overtime 🙂

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

My main photographer did wind up leaving before the end of the reception, so probably at like 10pm. He did have his 2nd shooter stay since I had specifically requested pictures of our sparkler exit though.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

We have our photographers for the day, so they’ll be there until the send-off at the end of the night. We’re not having a LONG reception though– it’s 3 hours, and we’ll only be in there for about 2 hours, since we’re doing our photos together after the ceremony.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee

I’ve actually been to weddings where the photographer was obviously booked for less time because the couple did a faux first dance and cake cutting right before the actual reception/supper started. 

I’ve never seen a “send-off” (guess we don’t have them here), but normally the photog snaps ’til the bouqet and garter toss and then flocks off after.  Able to get all the “formal dances”, cake-cutting and guests dancing before that.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Our photographer (there were 2 shooters) and videographer stayed until the very end. Some of my favorite shots were at the very end of the night. Aside from the late night crowd dancing, here is one of the last song the band played (Don’t Stop Believing, in case you were wondering):

And here is us with sparklers after our exit:

I’d recommend having your photographer stay until the very end, that way when you get your photo album, you have a record of the ENTIRE day. 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

Photographers will stay however long you pay them to stay.  If they don’t then something is amiss.  Most people however opt to only pay for certain time frames, and it’s a much better bet to axe time out of the end than the beginning.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

^ what they said. Haha. And I’ll tell you after the first hour of open dancing its 90% drunk, drunk, sloppy drunk. I had a NYE wedding last year where I was paid to stay until the end. It was ugly. It’s mostly the things you want to forget about!!

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