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

posted 10 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 32
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Our photographer’s price includes 9 hours, I think we’re booking her for more like 12 because we want her there from before getting ready to the bitter end 🙂 

Post # 33
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

My photographer does not have a time limit. He is coming when we are getting ready (probably around 11am or noon), and will leave probably around 11pm (once both parties agree that we have gotten all of the pictures that we want).

Post # 34
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Ours is for 8 hours and is her lowest time in any package. Should leave time for getting ready and most of the reception.

Post # 35
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I am looking into getting my photographer for 4 hours, but after reading some of your posts, I’m beginning to wonder if that is enough time! Is a lot of photography time necesary if you’re having a small wedding with a short ceremony and no venue changes?

Post # 36
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@vibride: 

Depends on what photos are important to you. We’re having a short ceremony and no venue changes, but I want getting ready pics, so that bumped our time up. 8 hours will cover getting ready, first look/portraits, ceremony, and most of the reception (first dance, speeches, cake cutting)

I wouldn’t do less than 6.

Post # 37
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Our reception is from 6-9 pm.  I hired two photographers for eight hours.  It includes getting ready photos through our second line!

Post # 38
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

We’ve hired ours for 10 hours… She wants everyone ready to go by 1p–pics from 1-4p, ceremony at 5p, reception 6-10p… So that leaves one extra hour for her to see the last minute getting ready (me getting into the dress)…. 

My planner has mentioned about doing the “fake leave” thing where you leave/stage the shot of leaving, then drive around the block and come back after the old people have left. That way the old people get to see you leave, but the young people stay for more dancing… I kind of think this sounds cheesy, but I understand why you’d do it… That way, the photog could leave earlier; therefore, she could get there earlier and catch more getting ready shots… 

I’m just not sure I care that much about ‘getting ready’ shots? I haven’t seen many that I just LOVE… So I’m undecided, and I have just a few days until I need to tell her… haha… 

Post # 39
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

We chose a six hour package, which was below our photography budget. If we end up under on our overall budget then we’ll probably upgrade to an 8 to 10 hour package. Our ceremony will start at 5pm and our reception will end at 10 or 11pm. 

Post # 40
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Our wedding from start to finish is 9 hours! (I’m jealous that your’s starts at 4!) We’re hiring the photographer for 9 or 10 hours. She’ll come an hour early to get the getting ready shots. She’ll leave an hour before the reception ends. Right now our contract is 10 hours, but I’ve been thinking of shortening it to 9.

If your photographer comes early to take some photographs, and leaves an hour before the reception ends, then that’s 6 hours. I think it’s right on target. Talk to your photographer, give her your photo list. She will have a good idea of the time frame that she’ll need to get everything that you want.

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