(Closed) How many hours for your photographer?

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
979 posts
Busy bee

8 is the norm for me to photograph weddings. I’m flexible up to 1 hour over the 8 hours though.  Wedding days never go as planned.  Especially receptions.  Speeches run over, caterers are slow, buffet lines are slow…etc… 

Post # 4
2295 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I went with one that has unlimited hours, that was a pretty big thing for me (I would have gotten one that had limited hours, just didn’t prefer it – time limits stress me out). We have a first look at 2:00 though, ceremony at 5:30, and a sendoff I want photos of at 11 PM.

He’ll be with us from 10 AM when we start at the salon until 11 PM when the reception ends (doing a streamer sendoff and really want him there for that). His second shooter will be there from noon until I’m not sure when? Probably 9:00 or so.

Post # 5
363 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Our photographer will be with us for 8 hours on the wedding day.

Post # 6
121 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I was thinking this too , I’m not getting married till 5pm as my wedding planner said it would be to hot for guests ect outdoors so throw many hours would you think would be sufficient to have the photographer turn up before the wedding ceremony? I was thinking 2 hours what do u reckon ? I don’t wasn’t him in the room with me the whole time I’m getting ready lol 

Post # 8
302 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Ours gives us 8 hours.  Plus, he knows my family so has said that he has no problem if it goes over.

Post # 9
2183 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium

I did five hours– They were there when I was getting my dress on but not hair and makeup (my friends took pictures, totally fine with me!), and they left about an hour before the reception ended. It was more than fine. We got all of photos we wanted (1500 edited and we asked for the unedited– about 3000), and they were fantastic!

Post # 10
6110 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

I went with the “full-day package” which is up to 9 hours 🙂

Post # 11
1606 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I also have an unlimited package. We have a late-afternoon wedding with a first look and even if I tried I couldn’t get 8 hours to fit in.

Post # 12
231 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

We chose an 8 hour package, which is standard in our city.  (Most packages here are either 8, 10, or 12 hours.)  I think it depends on the timeline for your day, so you might want to sketch that out first.  For example, do you want “getting ready” photos?  Are you doing family portraits and pics of you and the groom before the ceremony (including a “first look”), during cocktails, or during a gap in time between your ceremony and cocktails/reception?  This will affect how much time you need overall.

Also, for the reception itself, what is your timeline?  What do you want the photographer to capture?  We wanted our photographer to capture the introductions, first dance and father/daughter and mother/son dances, toasts, and some open dancing, which doesn’t begin until after dinner.  Our photographer only needs 20 minutes of dancing to capture the atmosphere and then she can head home, while the party continues for a couple more hours.

I’d suggest asking your photographer, or prospective photographer, about his or her proposed or sample timeline(s) for the day.  We discussed this when we interviewed photographers so that we could decide what package we needed.  Also, if you already have a venue, you might talk with your venue coordinator about the timing for serving the meal, interspersing it with toasts or thank-yous, etc.  This will also help you sketch out your overall timeline for the day, which will allow you to figure out how much photographer time you need.  Good luck!

Post # 13
2999 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

wow great question! I was just thinking the same thing. The photog I want has a 7 hour package but I think I might need more??

Post # 14
2553 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

We are having 7 hours.

Post # 15
10366 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

It depends on your day of timeline. If you have a big gap, as with traditional catholic weddings, for example, you’ll need more time. We did 9 hours, which took us from getting ready, to private portraits (first look) to family portraits, through the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception. We only had a 30 min ceremony, and it was back-to-back with our cocktail hour/reception. We wanted to be able to do the first look unrushed!

Post # 16
1024 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

We’re doing 8 hours.

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