(Closed) Another Photography Question

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Post # 4
1166 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

The biggest factors are:

1) How many shots do you need to get? (Just a few group shots? Or are you doing individual shots with each member of your bridal party? Any creative/prop shots? How many different backgrounds/settings? And are you also doing family shots?)

2) How “perfect” do you want those shots to be? Will you take time to make sure each person is perfectly posed, looking in the right direction, not a hair out of place? Or are you okay with a more candid approach?

The best thing to do is make a list of the exact shots and count them, then assume you will need at least 2 minutes per shot – more if you take time to arrange the “perfect pose”…

Generally speaking, you’re in the right ballpark with 1-2 hours. You can get a LOT of shots in two hours, though!

Post # 6
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

We did most of our pictures before the ceremony.  We met at 4.  We took a few pictures of me touching up my makeup and then did a first look.  We went to another location 10 minutes away for most of our pictures and then we were back at 5:30 for our 6 pm ceremony.  We still had to do some pictures with our families after the wedding.

Post # 8
3947 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Allow for 2 hours before the ceremony for pictures. 

I will be having my photographer stay until after the wedding because i don’t want him to miss anything.

It’s personal preference as to whether or not you want them to stay through the whole event. 

Post # 9
739 posts
Busy bee

Another questions is do you want to have any getting ready shots? Details of the dress, shoes, you putting the dress on? If so I would allow 3 hours before the ceremony. Do you have two photogs?

1 hour getting ready and details

30 min pics of you, you and your fam, you and your girls.

30 min pics of groom, groom fam, groom and guys.

{if you have two photos this can be done at the same time if you have two spots to do them in.}

30-45min first look and B+G portraits

30 min wedding party and if you are going to do some fam before.

That should put you at around 3 hours before the ceremony. You prob don’t NEED all that time for each of those sets but things almost ALWAYS run late and if not you will have some time to freshen up before the ceremony.

Unless you are doing something special like a send off at the end of the wedding you really don’t need them to the very end. Plan to do your formality’s as early in the night as you can. Not only becuase of the photog, but so you will look better in the photos. You really only need an hour or so of dancing.

Post # 10
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

@Mrs. Meowerson: Yes the photographer stayed until the end of the reception (we left at 11 but we had the location until 12).

The only getting ready shot I wish I had was a shot of my dress hanging up before I put it on.  I just didn’t think about it at the time.

Post # 11
1550 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

okay, first of all, i would allow for at least 3 hours with your photographer BEFORE the ceremony. 2 hours for the two of you together, and then an hour for the pictures with your bridal party. we didn’t want all our bridal party there when we were taking our “alone” pictures, and it was nice to have that time together. our bridal party met us at a specified time at a specified place to take pics, and we needed at least an hour, almost two, to take our pictures.

our photog only stayed about an hour into the recetpion. all i wanted were detail pictuers, and pictures of the first dance. 🙂

Post # 12
64 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

My ceremony will start at 530 pm, the photographers will start at 2pm. We are taking all the pictures before the ceremony, so 2:00- 5:00 will be dedicated to all the ‘getting dressed’ shots in the hotel room,  first look and a couple other locations. I booked my photographers for 10 hours and they will be taking pictures until the very end of the reception (12am).

Of all expenses that go into a wedding, I think the photography is one of the best investments you can make- Get as many photos as possible so that you can treasure that day forever! 🙂

Post # 13
262 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

My ceremony started at 5, so we had to be lined up by 4:45. The photog got there at 2 and started taking detail shots-at 2:30 he took all the boys pics and 3 he took me and my girls. About 3:20 was family pics and 4-4:45 was just the two of us. We finished the just the two of us pics during cocktail hour. We had our photog stay until 10 (which was long enough for all of the standard events: cake cutting, garter & boquet toss, dancing, ect). We left about 10:30-and our photog was so sweet he stayed until we left 🙂

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