(Closed) How long did you hire your photographer for?

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
1264 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

We have our photographer booked for 13 hours. (Yikes! I didn’t realize it was that long until I did the math).

He is coming at noon for photos of myself and matron of honor getting ready. Then we have a church ceremony at 1 pm. Next is family pictures, bridal party pictures, and pictures of just us.

Our reception starts at 6pm, but photographer will arrive around 5:30 to take pictures of the decor. Then he is there for the entire reception until 1 am.

We didn’t want to miss anything, so decided to pay him to be there for everything. I feel your pain though because it does get VERY expensive!


Post # 4
4060 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I think only you know the answer!

But I’d think of it this way, which are the photos you’re going to frame?  I doubt it’s the ones where you’re struggling into your dress.  Whilst those are nice memories for you and perhaps for the album, you may only look at them half a dozen times.  I’d personally focus on the portraits, the more poses, the more choice on which to frame.  I know many photographers leave before the send off, and I think that is so sad!  But it’s up to you whether you need those final shots or not (personally, I would want them).  Have you got a friend who’s nifty with a camera to get those last few send-off shots?  Or you could hire a student for the last couple of hours for much less than $500 if it’s really out of the budget?

Just some thoughts anyway. Sorry I can’t be much help.

Post # 5
196 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I think we will have our photographer for about 8 hours. I think this time frame is somewhat normal if you plan to have any decent length of a reception.

Post # 6
315 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’ve worked for a wedding services company and we sold photography packages. Our standard package was 7 hours and that’s what I’d say 85% of people stuck with. 

We have our photographer for 7 hours, 2 p.m. till 9 p.m. Our ceremony is at 5:30. Our dance starts at 8:30 and we will make sure to do our first dance and father/daughter dance right away. You don’t need a ton of photos of the dance…they usually end up being of people who you don’t neccessarily want professional photos of. Also the dance is when, my friends at least, get real crazy with their cameras! 

Post # 7
359 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I have my photographer for the entire day. So getting ready to the last event of the evening. I think it all depends on what is important to you, I really wanted getting ready photos so I found someone that offered a whole day package.

Post # 8
53 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

We just booked our photographer for 10.5 hours.  Ceremony starts at 2:30…they will be there at noon to take pictures of me getting ready (girls will already be done), me and my family, me and my bridesmaids, then take pictures of groom and his family, etc.  First look right before the ceremony.  The philosophy of our photographer is that before the ceremony we should get all the individual pictures of us with our families out of the way and after the ceremony we do them together.  Then the photographer will be there until 10:30 pm.

I wasn’t sure about that much, but I like that we get the photos of us with our families done before the service.  It frees up the time after the ceremony.  We want to go to a few special spots to take phots and we will have time now.  With cutting back on time, we may not have had time to get those shots.  

Ultimately, it is up to you on how much you want photographed.  Our photographer actually sat down and walked us through the day before deciding on the amount of time.  We could go less, but we’d miss out on some moments. 

Post # 9
790 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

Most of my couples book my full day of coverage package.(up to 10 hours) I would say the average booked across the boards is 6-8 hours.


Consult with your photographer so you can discuss your timeline to maximize coverage. You also have to decide if the getting ready photos is important to you, send off, etc. You may only need 6 hours.. etc.

Post # 10
1548 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

We have our photographer for the full day, she said its normally between 10-12 hours depending on how early we want her to arrive to preceremony pics. 

Post # 11
1446 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I had one for 4 hours and she was there from right when I put on my dress until after the cake cutting. I knew I only had a certain budget for photography so I chose quality photos for 4 hours instead of some of the other photographers whose work wasn’t my style. 6 hours probably would have caught everything needed-my wedding was about 75 people and in the afternoon, so definitely shorter than most.

Post # 12
915 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Our photographer didn’t have different lengths of time for packages, just unlimited with the day of. I think we will have them at least 12 hours, I haven’t decided on the beginning time but we are having a balloon drop at midnight which I definitely wanted them to capture. So whenever we start getting ready until 12:30 probably. 

Post # 13
5428 posts
Bee Keeper

I don’t understand the importance of the “getting ready” shots… although I like looking at them here on the bee…  Especially only for the bride… why not men’s “getting ready” pictures? I want to see what kind of boxers and socks they’ve chosen! They are so very rare! LOL

So that’s one thing I am not doing for my day.

Post # 14
3772 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

We’re booking our photog for 4 hours. He’s really flexible and said he won’t really charge more if he has to stay later (he said it’s not like he can go photograph another wedding! lol) and the 4 hours do not include the getting ready pictures. overall I’m very happy with who we went with. Like I said before, he very flexible and won’t be like “Oh no, you went over your time limit by 30minutes, I’m going to charge you for the 6 hour rate now!”

Post # 15
515 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Mine comes with a 7-hour package. I have no idea if we will use him for the whole time or if he will get to go home early.

Post # 16
12973 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

We’re actually hiring her for 10 hours..  Getting ready, first look, through the end of the reception.

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