(Closed) engagement picture sessions and wedding day photography

posted 10 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
2025 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

If you are doing a bouqet toss at the the end, then you might want him to stick around, but I think a lot of photographers will leave after all of the important events (first dances, garter, etc.) because you can only take so many interesting pictures of a bunch of drunk people dancing. It kind of depends on what you care about having captured on film.

Post # 5
216 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Our engagement session was just under 2 hours.  We got 330 photo files from it.

We’re having an all day photographer b/c we’re planning on taking more photos after the reception (night time city shots) on our way to our afterparty.  Our photographer had a bunch of those in her portfolio and they looked amazing!

It all depends on your budget and how many photos you want… I’m crazy about photos 🙂

Post # 6
51 posts
Worker bee

Engagement sessions can last anywhere from a few quick portraits in a studio, to all day photo sessions at multiple locations with multiple clothing changes! But usually these days they are 1-2 hours at a nice outdoor location. But it’s totally up to what you and your photographer agree to.

It’s not necessary for photographers to stay until the very end of the reception, but it might be a good idea especially if you plan on a grand exit of some kind. Some couples like to leave the reception venue under a shower of flower petals, or they want to run through a gauntlet of people holding sparklers. Those make for great pictures! If the reception is just going to slowly fizzle out, then at least get the first dance, cake cutting, bouquet and garter toss (if you do them) and some dancing shots. 

Good luck!

Joe Milton

International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers

Post # 7
17 posts
  • Wedding: June 2008

Some photographs can also help you schedule your reception as well if you can’t quite afford for them to stay the entire reception.

We did that.  Our photographer stayed till about 9PM when our reception ended at 11PM.  He and I worked on a schedule that would work best with all the little events that we were doing in the reception.  He was fabulous.


Post # 8
17 posts
  • Wedding: June 2008

Oh and E-Sessions are typically an hour

Post # 9
60 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Our engagement sessions can be an hour and a half to two hours, but we’ve done some that last up to 4 or 5 hours because we were having fun and using multiple locations.

We stay through the entire wedding. (Or as I tell our couples, we’ll stay until you kick us out.) Yes, there are only so many shots you can take of drunk people dancing, but some of my favorites come from the last dance, when everyone’s trying to squeeze out the last excitement of the night. Also, we just did a wedding last night where the bride and groom came back after their grand exit for some post-reception portraits.

Anyway, I am saying that there’s an advantage to having a photographer the entire day, so if you find one that offers it, it’s preferable.


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