(Closed) How long do we need a photographer?

posted 9 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
1363 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

How long do you have your reception site?  I think we need 8+ hours.  We’re allowed to be on the grounds for our ceremony and reception from 2-10 pm, including our pre-ceremony pictures.  

I’d recommend against having your photographer leave before you do, even if you’re not doing a send-off.  You’d hate to have her miss getting a really great shot at the end of the night.  (Then again, I know our extra hours are going to run $150, so do what you need to, but if it were me, I’d try to find the money.)

Post # 4
596 posts
Busy bee

6 hours seems a little short.  The schedule seems a bit tight – if one thing runs late, then the whole schedule gets pushed back and the photog might end up missing something towards the end.  It would be nice to get pictures of people towards the end of the night as they’re dancing away.  While these aren’t the key important pictures, I wouldn’t want the photog to skip them completely.

Post # 5
445 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I am also a wedding photographer and we are planning on having our photographer leave before the reception is over.  We hired her – she’s not a friendor.  🙂  I do want a lot of "getting ready" pictures so she’ll come earlier in the day.  We’re planning on setting up a fake photobooth type thing with some fabric and some props, so hopefully that will lure our guests into getting their photo taken.  I really just want a picture of each guest, plus the typical traditional stuff, but that’s it.  I don’t want any awkward dancing pics and I don’t want pics of people sitting at their table.  It might be a photographer’s worst nightmare, to photograph another photographer’s wedding.  Haha. 

Post # 6
2470 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I think 8 hours seems to be the average. The photographer I am looking at as an "all day rate". Because I do not feel comfortable with a photographer taking photographs as me and my bridal party are getting ready, we won’t need him before the ceremony much. I also don’t plan to take a gazillion photographs after the ceremony (which is slated to begin at 2:30, will go until about 3:30, and cocktail hour starts at 5). Maybe a good way to start is by writing down what ‘must have shots’ you want… if you want someone documenting the whole "getting ready" process, then maybe you should consider a contract for longer than 8.

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