(Closed) Found a great, but really expensive, photographer

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
464 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

6 hours means consecutive hours because it’s taking up their time by having them leave and come back. I would just use the time between ceremony and reception to get tons of photos together with your family and wedding party. You could always ask if you could add an extra hour, most have this as an option, and then you could make sure you have your first dance when you enter the reception, that way you can have photos of it.

I spent double what I had planned on spending on photography too because I fell in love with a photographer, but I definitely think itll be worth it in the end.

Post # 4
171 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

Hours means consecutive hours. Personally, I think you are going to end up paying a LOT to extend a 6 hr package to 10 hours or something like that.

You’d be better off finding a photog that’s unlimited or all day coverage.

And I’d definitely try to close that gap. That’s very long. I’ve heard 2 hours, which is big, but 5 hours is pretty bad. Many, many guests will skip the ceremony if you do this, unfortunately.

Post # 5
221 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Ditto…I had the same “these photos are nice” experience until I found my photographer.  She was a bit more expensive than I thought I’d spend on photography, but I think it’ll be worth it when you get those pictures back after the wedding.  Besides the dress, it’s the one thing I planned to splurge on.

Post # 6
1000 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

First, I LOVE huge gaps between ceremony and reception! That means lots and lots of picture time to go to a beautiful location and get amazing shots of you and your new hubby, which are the ones you are most likely to frame anyway, as well as cool/fun bridal party shots.

Second, quality over quantity. Don’t hire someone you don’t love just to have your whole day covered. Pick and choose the stretch of the day that is most important to you and have that covered. And yea, the hours will have to be consecutive. Would you mind sharing who this awesome photog is? You can PM me if you don’t want someone her stealing him away for your date 🙂

Post # 7
4137 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

how much is too much depends totally on your budget.

4-5 hours is an enormous gap. i hope your guests live nearby and you don’t have many oot guests — what are they supposed to do?

Post # 8
2313 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011


The problem is it’s hard to close that Catholic gap. Many Catholic churches require the ceremony to be in the afternoon so the church is available for evening mass, and most reception venues don’t allow receptions to begin until early evening. 

Post # 9
1405 posts
Bumble bee

5 hours a long gap, you are going to have the same issue with video……

I had a catholic wedding and we had a 1.5 hr gap and I thought that was too long!  haha.

Half the price of you reception?  What is the cost range of the photographer?


They say you should spend 10-15% of your wedding budget on photography, but if it’s really important to you and you want to splurge, up to 30% isn’t uncommon.  50% seems unrealistic, unless you are on a REALY budget wedding.  I like to talk to abosolute dollars, not %, which is why I asked for the price range.  Also, what are you getting for that cost?

Post # 10
3176 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I do want to say that 6 hours might not mean consecutive. My photographer only does one wedding a day and while her price list listed 7 hours she was willing to split them up for me. I will second PPs that the cost needs to be based on your overall budget.

As a Catholic I don’t think 4-5 hours is anything outrageous.

Post # 13
1405 posts
Bumble bee

@coffeegal85:  I would negotiate more time for less goods.  This is why I hate standard packages with wedding photography.  My photographer offered everything ala-carte so you could build your own package which worked with any budget as long as you met the minimum purchase.  For example, do you really need that large gallery wrap?  Yes it’s nice, but if you love the photographer you could always get something made afterwards and that may be worth a few more hours of the photographers time in trade.

Post # 15
5889 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2012

from the two packages you posted, i would just work with the photographer to get something in between and maybe cut out some extras.  do you really need the two parent albums, canvas gallery wrap, and after session?  I bet that would knock off a chunk of change.

Post # 16
363 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Although most of the albums are awesome, we opted not to get one right now (you can always get one later!). So with all of the photographers we are meeting we have asked for a custom package. I don’t know what your budget is, but you may be able to ask for the 12 hours from the higher package without all of the albums and get it at a price closer to your budget.

Also, I’d keep looking…looks like you have time. I had my heart set on a photographer that was over double our budget. I’ve been searching nonstop for 2 months and we’ve found two really great options that are right at budget for us. I still love the other one more…but not for 1/2 our wedding budget. 

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