(Closed) how many hours for a photographer

posted 13 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 17
21 posts
  • Wedding: July 2009

Thanks Reby – for the insight about how dancing pictures start to look the same after awhile. We booked our photogs for eight hours, and I was planning having them come right as I finish getting ready (putting the dress on) to the end, but thinking about that I think I’d rather have a few more getting ready shots and less dancing ones. We’re not planning any major elaborate getaway, so it’s not like we’d need professional pictures of that. 

Post # 18
253 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

We paid for 8 but our photogapher really spent closer to 11 with no extra charge!  It depends on what pictures you want, but I would say start at your ceremony time, add 3 hours and then on the backend subtract one hour from the expected end time of your reception and that should give you the approximate time.

For example.  Ceremony at 2.  Reception Ends at 9.  Photographer from 10 – 8, or 10 hours.

Ask how much they would charge for an extra hour or two, if you need to add more time as the timeline becomes more clear.

Good Luck!

Post # 19
91 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Our photographer is unlimited the day of the wedding.  We met with several that were 8 hours which seems sufficient but we are having an evening wedding and doing pictures beforehand so this means the photographer can go to the salon with the girls for hair and makeup so it should be a fun day.

Post # 20
110 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I purchased 10-12 hours of coverage with two photographers and staggered their start times.  I thought that it would probably take longer for the girls to get ready than for the guys, so the photographer shooting the guys will stay with us for the get away.  But, for me, every aspect of the day – brunch with the girls, salon appointements, etc. – was something I wanted documented.  Many of my friends said that their day went by in a blur, so I want to be able to hold onto those memories in a tangible way.

Post # 21
596 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2021 - Oakland Manor

I think we have 6 hours, but I’m asking a photographer friend to come early to do some of the getting ready shots.  We only have access to our venue at 5pm and the ceremony is at 6:30 – I’m not sure if thats enough time to have a hair stylist and make-up artist to do all they need to do, plus i want photos of my friends getting ready….

Post # 22
607 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

We had unlimited hours, but he ended up staying for about 10 (starting with getting ready and he was there until the very end of the reception). The ceremony and reception were in the same place.

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