(Closed) Elopement Photography – how many hours?

posted 6 years ago in Elopement
Post # 3
10366 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

A lot of photographers will do elopements – you don’t have to just stick with whatever photographer the venue has! I know my photog does a few elopements a year. Her photography of a NYC elopement was so original and amazing that it is actually a big part of why I booked her for our wedding (not an elopement, but a destination wedding in CA, we lived in Boston at the time!)

Post # 4
726 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Well, we are going with the photography of the venue we’re using for the posed shots (I looked online at them and they are actually pretty good)

and my best friend has taken some photography classes so she’s going to take our pics (We’re taking her and my mom when we get married) and my fiance is a pro at photoshop so he’ll do the editing.

I may sound crazy, but the only thing I hate is that I can’t take the pics myself!! (I looooveee taking pictures!)

Post # 6
16 posts

I am planning (not actually booked yet) to have a photographer for the day.  It is a planned elopement with just my groom & me.  We are doing room service breakfast, getting ready together up until the actual getting dressed (so we don’t see each other before the first look), doing a heli-wedding in the mountains, then changing and going to dinner downtown at a small restaurant.  My groom & I LOVE pictures so we want tons of photos for our home.  But equally important, our families (that we’re both close to) will not know beforehand so we want to have it covered photojournalist-like so everyone can be included as much as possible after the event.

Post # 7
2725 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

My photographer offered a 2 hr package for elopments but you could get additional hours so I asked for 3. 

I didn’t care to have photos of me getting ready. If that’s something you want then you might want to factor that in.

If you do a first look count on about 15 minutes

Ceremony another 15 min

that gives you 1.5-2.5 hours of photos. It’s just the two of you to pose so it can’t possibly take too terribly long! 


Post # 9
16 posts

We are getting married in the mountains in Colorado.  Almost set on Breckenridge (haven’t booked lodging).  My groom is handling the helicopter part…he’s actually in pilot training so I was thrilled when he wanted to handle that part himself.  He’s debating between a few charter companies right now.  Our situation is a little unique…

Yes, I really want the breakfast in bed pictures! I think they’ll be awesome! Especially framed in our kitchen or bedroom and breakfasts hold a special place in our relationship…(we used to each cook a part of breakfast and meet at his apartment and combine it…and MANY times he has knocked on my front door as I’m rushing around getting ready for work and handed me coffee and turned around & left) πŸ™‚

We plan on waking up and showering and making ourselves presentable, having the breakfast delivered and the photog show up…we are getting dressed in our room…so the photog can just do their thing while my hair/makeup is done and groom & I can chat during the whole deal…we will only be there for 4 days, so we want as much time together as possible!  Then, we will be driven to the helicopter, go up, have the wedding, come back down, change, do some more pictures in our dinner clothes and head to dinner…the photog will stay for just a little of dinner, bc it’s public it may be awkward!! I am having the restaurant play our song (groom doesn’t know this)…so we can have a true first dance πŸ™‚ then the photog can jet.  It sounds like a LOT, but in actuality it will be about 7 hours…

Post # 11
913 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

So I’m unsure about this. I was thinking our photographer would photograph our ceremony and then as many posed photos in different locales as we can get. We picked our location for the scenery so that’s what I want the most pro photos of. I don’t care if there are pictures of just my shoes, artistic pictures of our rings, etc. And I’m going to DIY my hair and makeup so I’m pretty sure I don’t want getting-ready photos–I won’t be able to concentrate!

Post # 14
485 posts
Helper bee

My fiance and I are eloping in Costa Rica. 

We are booking our videographer and photographer for 2.5 hours which is what they offer through their elopement packages. I don’t really see why we would need more time since it’s just the two of us. 

Our timeline is this:

40 minutes of saying our speeches to each other, putting on our wedding attire, and having first look (We are getting ready in the same room but separating when we put on our wedding clothes. I thought it would be nice to have a couple of minutes by ourselves before the ceremony.)

20 minutes of ceremony in the rainforest

40 minutes of posing in the rainforest

20 minutes of dancing and eating our cake and toasting to each other on the beach

30 minutes of a trash the dress photo session on the beach

When they arrive I plan on having already eaten breakfast, having rollers in my hair, my makeup being done, and wearing my robe. πŸ™‚ Lol. And then I’ll take out my rollers after taking a few pictures in them. πŸ™‚

2.5 hours is enough time for me. I think 3 hours would be ideal for us just in case if anything goes over the time allotted for it. You can just ask the photographers you’re interested in if they can shoot for an hour or two extra. 

$4200 just for photography is a lot, I got our photographer, his assistant, our videographer, and his assistant for 2.5 hours for $1840 total (plus traveling costs). Have you asked him if he’d be willing to photograph an elopement for less than a full day? I think you should talk to him and see if you can use him for a half-day or for however many hours you want. But if you want full day coverage and you can afford him, then by all means go for it!

Good luck! πŸ™‚

Post # 16
485 posts
Helper bee

A lot of Costa Rican wedding photographers and videographers offer elopement packages since it is a popular elopement destination. I looked into Canada once and immediately was put off by the costs. Videography and luxurious wedding night accommodation were must-haves for me and we got that plus a private house which has an 800+ square foot bathroom with a hot tub in it. We get all of that (including our photographer) for under 3k. I just hate to see you not get more bang for your buck! 

I got our dream photographer so I can’t really say whether or not I’d have paid more for him. If this guy really is your dream photographer and you can afford him plus everything else you want then go for him! It’s just a lot more money than I’m used to hearing being spent on elopement photography. 

All that matters is that you and your Fiance love the photographer, want to book him, and have the money to do so.

Good luck!!! πŸ™‚

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