How long do you actually need for photography?

posted 2 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
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Helper bee

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oxfordpink :  I think it depends! We took our engagement photos and it took 1 hour and we flew threw them very quickly. We were also only in one location. If you’re having a quick ceremony and don’t mind going through the photos fast I think you’d have enough time. If you’d like to slow down or use multiple locations I’d consider adding more time!

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Helper bee

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oxfordpink :  My fiance and I did engagement pics, we did several different locations and changed outfits and it was 2.5 hours.  We got a lot of great photos.  However, if you are just staying at one place and probably arent changing outfits i’m assuming, an hour and a half might be plenty of time.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper

I think you should get it. Those 1.5 hours will go by fast. Perhaps you can have some photos of your dinner table and cake cutting if you are doing a private dinner.

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Post # 6
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Busy bee

If I remember correctly, we had our photographer for 4 hours, which seemed like the perfect amount of time for us. She captured the whole ceremony, bridal photos, family portraits, and most of the reception including our first dance and cake cutting. The only thing she missed was our send-off, but that wasn’t anything special, lol. Other guests were taking pictures at the reception/send-off so we still have pics of everything regardless. I’m SO glad we have so many pictures of the whole event, I look through them several times a year for all the good, sweet memories. It’s worth every penny.

So, 1.5 hours *can* be enough, especially if your ceremony will be short, but really it all depends on what kind of photos you want. That might be long enough for just the ceremony, and bridal and family portraits…1 hr goes by super fast! If you want any photos before the ceremony, or during the reception, you’ll definitely want it to be longer.  

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

1.5 hours of just you and your husband is probably plenty. As others have said, adding people and locations may add time. My husband and I had ~1.5h between ceremony and reception and we did family, bridal party, and solo pics in about 3 spots (similar to you, mostly walking between locations, with one short drive). If you want any getting ready pictures or other reasons to extend it then an extra hour could be helpful. 
We did family pictures recently with 6 adults and 2 toddlers. Walked around for different locations within a mature reserve, did group and individual family shots and 1h was plenty of time. 

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