Post # 1
I’ve got my venue booked and now it’s on to photography. While I think the photographs are probably the most important to me because they’re the only thing that last, I have to stick to some sort of budget! So I need some advice since I think I’ve found a photographer that I love.
Here’s what I need advice on:
The ceremony and reception are in the same location and we are planning on using their bridal suite to get ready (the guys will either be getting ready at the house or on a boat that will be docked at the venue!) We are planning on doing a first look which may or may not be at a different location nearby. The wedding itself will be about a half hour ceremony, then 5 hours for cocktail and dinner/dancing.
So my first questions are: Will 8 hour coverage be enough? Or would you recommend 10 hours? Do most photographers stay till the end of the party? How early do they usually come (for getting ready pictures)? The difference of 2 hours would be $500.
Next, we are planning on having about 125-135 people. Would you recommend having 2 photographers or would one be enough? The cost of a 2nd photographer would be $700.
Post # 3
We had a very similar wedding to you — we had one photographer for ten hours. We ended up with something like 2000 photos, so it was definitely sufficient.
Post # 4
I don’t know what your budget is or where in CT you are, but look up Karol Setlak. For $3k we are getting engagement photos (shot them recently, photog was awesome and I can’t wait to see the pics), 8h coverage day of (our wedding will be 6.5h long from ceremony to end of reception) with a 2nd photog, and a high res flash drive with rights to all our pics. His albums are nice too, if you want one (we don’t). The photog just upgraded all his stuff to high end Nikon and doesn’t have to hide behind black and white photos or trendy photoshop enhancements to produce beautiful photos.
I’d get a second photog, especially if you plan on having an “unplugged” ceremony.
Good luck in your search!!!
Post # 5
@TTReverie: I think eight hours will be more than enough time! For me, it was important to have two photographers because everyone sees things so different and I want to get those different points of views. But i also wanted to make sure that they were 2 photographers and not 1 photographer and 1 assistant (We’re also having about 130 people as well)