(Closed) How many hours did you or are you hiring your photographer for?

posted 10 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 17
645 posts
Busy bee

We are doing 8 hours for photo and 7 hours for video. I’m hoping it will be enough.

Post # 18
1279 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

We had 2 photogs and an assistant for 10hrs, and I still wish I had an extra hour! We ran a little late in the getting-ready timeframe but I had cushioned the ceremony start time by 1/2 an hour, so we were ok, but just keep that in mind. If something goes wrong that may need time for fixing (like, say, your wedding dress zipper breaking – yup, it happened), you don’t want to cut your reception time with your photographer short. I’d say between 8 & 10 hours is typically enough.

Post # 19
23585 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

We had our photographer for 11 hours, from 12-11.  I wanted to have photos of me getting ready with my girls, and we wanted to do a first look.  Really glad we did!

Post # 20
2947 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

We’re hiring our photographers for 8 hours. 🙂 

Post # 21
325 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We had 2 photogs there for 10 hours from 2pm (getting ready shots) to midnight (after party shots) and everything in between. We also had them for 2 hours the night before for the rehearsal dinner.

Post # 22
63 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

We hired our photographer for 7 hours of coverage but she said she doesn’t just leave if the 7 hours is up-she stays for the whole thing. We have our venue from 5-12 so it should work out fine.

Post # 23
120 posts
Blushing bee

We booked ours for 10 hours, but mainly because we want him to shoot our formal shots before the ceremony (so we don’t miss cocktail hour). Otherwise, the package we decided on originally came with 8 hours. We paid extra for two more hours.

Post # 24
19 posts
  • Wedding: September 2012

4 hours.

Our ceremony is at 3pm, with our wedding breakfast at 7 (cream tea and drinks reception inbetween at the 2 venues)…she will be at the 1st venue from around 2:30 for guests arriving, but will leave before the meal.

We’re not having her in the evening because we’re having a very small family wedding (20 of us) & we don’t want somebody there flitting around photographing what will be an intimate meal. Don’t think it’s necessary either – sure we’ll get some lovely amateur pics of the evening. I’m not bothering with the bride prep pictures either.

Luckily one of her packages was advertised as 4 hours in exactly this kind of format, so we’ve got her at a good price!

Post # 25
656 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

We hired ours for six hours and added another hour during the reception. She had a secondary shooter also. Six hours sounds like a long time, but we had them shoot us before the wedding (getting ready, girls/guys photos), during the wedding, between the wedding and the reception (bridal party, plus didn’t do a first look, but only took about an hour there), and the reception was three-four hours. She caught it all, and I’m glad we added an hour.

Amazing thing though – Even with about 40 people, we got all of our family photos done in ten minutes. Yep! She’s a rockstar.

Post # 26
7294 posts
Busy Beekeeper

in my contract, it said min. 6 hours, and she will stay until the last reception formality or up to 8 hours (whatever comes first).  she ended up starting earlier since she was staying at my resort, so she came to the spa to snap some pics, then we met up again later in my room while i was getting dressed.  then she ended up staying to the end of the reception because her husband was my DJ.  so we had for about 10 hours i think!

However, while i loved that she came to the spa, the “getting ready” pics i love the most are me getting into my dress.  in the spa pics, i look tired, no makeup and my hair is half done, LOL, the getting into dress pics are more fun since they involve the dress and i like the ones of my Maid/Matron of Honor tying me up as well.

Post # 27
487 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m thinking about this at the moment before I book. As I’m very shy I know I definitely don’t want the photographer there when I’m getting ready so that cuts a few hours off. I’m not sure about the rest yet though.

Post # 28
5109 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2011

She is there all day her contract states from the time we are getting ready until the reception is coming to an end.

Post # 29
2183 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium

We have ours just for five hours– ceremony and reception from 7-12am. She’ll arrive at 6 to get separate shots of guys and girls, and then shoot the ceremony, our photos during the cocktail hour, and then leave at 11, after all the important stuff is done. If we need her for that last hour, she’ll be there, at a cost of course. I’m not so in to the “getting ready” shots, and I own a pro camera, so we’ll just that for the getting ready part.

Post # 30
966 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

We had one photographer for 6 hours…3pm to 9pm.  Ceremony was at 4:30pm.  And she split right after the cake cutting. 

Post # 31
254 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

we are having ours for 8 hours on our day. 

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