(Closed) How late did your photographer stay?

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

Is there a way you can push your first look to maybe 9? That’ll give you until 5 PM.

Post # 3
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Bee Keeper

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TwinkleBoss:  ours was there from 9am until 9.30/10pm. Timeline was roughly as follows:

9am-12. 30m: getting ready (both bride and groom in same hotel, so he got shots of both of us) ,and some family/bridal party shots 

1pm: ceremony 

1.45-7pm: drinks reception, meal, group shot, some portraits 

7-10pm: evening reception (cake cutting, first dance, bouquet toss, dancing). 

Past 10pm or so there was no point him staying as it would have been the same shots over and over; there are only so many dancing ones you need. 

Your time seems tight, but, it depends on your timeline. 

Post # 5
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Busy bee

Oh, no!  I’m so sorry you are having to deal with this, especially so close to your wedding.  ๐Ÿ™

Every photographer and every package they offer is different.  Our photographers were twin sisters, so we got two photographers (plus their younger sister whom they were training) for the price of one.  The package we picked gave us time with them all day and all night.  So, we had three photographers while I was getting ready in the morning all the way through a special photo shoot in a totally different location 30+ minutes away after the reception.

A couple months before our weding date, the photographers mapped out and gave us a detailed minute-by-minute plan for photos/locations/who was involved/etc for us to use in order to make sure we got all the photos we wanted when we wanted them.  Did your photographer offer anything similar?  If so, be sure to have that handy when you finally get a hold of him.

Hopefully you’ll get a hold of your photographer soon.  In the meantime, I suggest calling your venue (which I see is Disneyland) and ask if they have photographers they can refer you to or loan out to you for the times that won’t possibly be covered by your original photographer.  Or, ask a creative friend who takes nice photos to fill in the gaps.

 

Post # 7
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Busy bee

Well, unfortunately, this is probably going to be a lesson learned type of situatuon.  Always have paper contracts with everything laid out in detail and with dates and signatures of all parties involved.

Perhaps this is just a communication error/timing issue, like you said.  Keep calling, texting, emailing, etc.  Be a pest.  Keep at it.  He has to respond sooner-or-later.  Hopefuly sooner.

But like I mentioned earlier:  In the meantime, I suggest calling your venue (which I see is Disneyland) and ask if they have photographers they can refer you to or loan out to you for the times that won’t possibly be covered by your original photographer. Or, ask a creative friend who takes nice photos to fill in the gaps.

And again, I’m sorry you are having to deal with this.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee

 

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TwinkleBoss:  Deep breaths, I am sure it will all work out.

Can’t wait to see your first look photos!

Post # 9
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Busy bee

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TwinkleBoss:  Exactly!  In the end, you’re still married to your best friend and will have a great wedding.  You’ll also still have lots of beautiful photos (from your photog – and friends and family, too).  It’ll be all good.  ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 10
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

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TwinkleBoss:  Unfortunately, the main issue seems to be with the first look. I know the time is out of your control because it’s dictated by the park, but I guess you need to ask yourself what’s more important….first look in that location or having more reception coverage. As with every photographer, myself included, our package time is consectuive. We don’t allow to just stop our time in the middle of it because there’s downtime that doesn’t need to be photographed.

My suggestion is utilize that dead time. Your girls should be getting ready while you’re doing the first look, as should your family. During the down time between the end of the first look and ceremony go ahead and do all family & bridal party photos because you’ve got 3.5 hours. That way you won’t need a cocktail hour, and you can go right into your reception. 

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