(Closed) All-Day Photography

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee

I would assume that your photographer would give you a timeline? We are getting ready 30min from ceremony, along with another 30mins for potential disasters she would like 2 hours of phototaking…

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee

@Sunnybrook:  As you mentioend, you don’t want them taking pics of you walking out of the shower… i’m sure each photographer would have a preffered timeline to work with.

All day to me means that they would be there from start of your day to finish  – from groom getting ready to the end of your reception. this could be a 5 hour process or a 14 hour day – i would think that the costs involved for each of them would be very different.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

You want enough time to get comfortable having the photographer floating around you and following you about, but you dont want him there for so long that he gets tired and his attention starts to wander toward the latter part of the day where you will get some of your key album shots. i.e cake cutting, first dance, speech, leaving, etc.
They should be able to offer you approximations for album budget vs size and a timeline 🙂

I would think towards the end of the hair/makeup process?

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Well, technically all day coverage is “start to finish”, some photographers will put a cap on it though. Something to keep in mind, the getting ready process is super long and from a technical (photographer) standpoint, slow. Meaning there isn’t a lot of hustle and bustle or action. It’s mostly everyone sitting around, hanging out, and having hair/makeup done. If you want all day coverage, the photographer will be there for that, but they will probably have a lot of downtime. You can only photograph the same person in the makeup chair but so many times. 😉 Don’t freak out if you notice your photographer is not rapid-fire shooting the getting ready. 

 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

The majority of my all day last from groom getting ready to about an hour after first dance. About 10-12 hours. 

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

She’s coming around 10 or 11 I think.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

@Sunnybrook:  I’d be surprised if your contract didn’t specifically define what all day coverage meant.  Talk to the photographer.  You may be within your agreement to work them for 20 hours straight, but unless they are a robot the earlier your start the less creatively fresh they will be towards the end.  In general the beginning of a wedding to me is more exciting than the end, but almost every photographer starts with the hair and makeup process (usually towards the end of it).  I can’t really imagine that you’d have a lot of interesting things photographically going on pre-getting ready, but I could be wrong.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

And there’s not much worse as a photograper than either feeling like 1. A useless bump on a log 2. Burning energy shooting things that look ugly and you know the client will not care about. 

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

i didn’t really have “all day” coverage. we had unlimited coverage, so i just set the timeline and made sure my photographer was able work with it.

she arrived at noon to take pictures of my husband and the groomsmen getting ready at the hotel.

i arrived at the church at 1:00 to finish getting ready (i did my hair and majority of my makeup at home and i didn’t feel the need for pics of that) and she met me there.

ceremony was at 2:00.

she left about 9:30/10:00, i think, so she was there for about 10 hours.

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

@Lashmont:  +1. I can’t even express how often a client hires me for more coverage than they really needed and I find myself shooting useless stuff, or nothing at all, or even “pretending” to shoot because there is NOTHING going on. 

The best thing a bride and groom can do, IMO, is to sit down and really go over their wedding and vision with their photographer. When a client comes to me and says that their reception will have no dancing, well I usually advise them to do their key moments (cake cutting, etc) early because they aren’t going to need me there until the end. You can only shoot the same people sitting around talking but so many different ways. 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

@starfish0116:  +1 I would also add that you might want to put some thought into how much you do or don’t like your face without makeup on. I HATE photos of myself with no makeup and 99% of my brides aren’t comfortable with them either. I think a good time to have the photographer arrive is for the second half of your makeup and before your hair and dress 🙂

Post # 16
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Bumble bee

We had 9am-9pm coverage. That meant did our first dance upon entering the hall and cut the cake during dinner. We had 12 hour coverage and I asked my photographer how they usually do it, he suggested 1 hour to photograph my husband and the groomsmen before, and one hour for the ladies.

 

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