- Wedding: August 2015 - country club in Michigan
We met with a rep from a company that had numerous photographers, and we selected the portfolio of the lead photographer we liked most. It was cost effective and we really liked the woman’s work. I did contact and get the portfolios of many other options though.
In the end, We have 8 hrs with 1 photographer, and 6 with the second, and honestly, it’s a bit much when I finally planned it out. We only did this because we wanted seperate getting ready shots, and shots of the bride waiting to go down the aisle, and the groom’s reaction. Plan out a brief schedule of your day, and see how it would fall into place with each option.
E.G. Here is mine (we have the 2 photographers):
Photographer 1 (8 hrs):
2:00 getting ready shots of bride and bridal party (hair and makeup will already be done by this point, so it’s getting dressed shots), along with still life of dress, venue, etc. Then bridal party shots.
3:45 leave for Chapel
5-5:30: formal shots at chapel
5:30-6: less formal photos on the grounds or at the reception site
6-6:30 shots of bride and groom alone for 30 min.
6:30-10: reception photos. Shots of speeches, guests, band, etc.
Photographer 2 (6 hrs)
2:30: groomsmen getting ready photos, grooms party photos
3:20: go to Chapel, more formal photos
5-6:30 cocktail hour photos of guests and photos of venue (flowers, cake, etc)
6:30-8:30: reception shots.
(note–our church, reception site, and getting ready locations are all within 1.5 miles of each other, so travel time is minimal).