(Closed) How many hours of photography did you get?

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 16
3383 posts
Sugar bee

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soontobee1109 :  my photographer charged by the hour. It was $250 per hour when I booked her, but I believe her prices have gone up slightly since then. Anyways, I got 7 hours, with 2 shooters, a flash drive with high-res copies of all the edited pics plus the copyright, and a beautiful album for $2100. I’m in NE Maryland and worked with High Contrast Photography. 

Post # 17
909 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

We have 7 hours booked. A few quick snaps before going to the church (I really don’t want photos of myself in varying stages of getting dressed and ready), the ceremony and the reception decor. We aren’t doing speeches or a first dance so we don’t feel the need for any additional time once we start eating. Our videographer is staying until late so at least some of the dancing will be captured.

Post # 18
406 posts
Helper bee

10 hours, two photographers. They got the tail end of the getting ready photos (which was perfect) starting at noon, then finished when the dancing ended at 10pm.

Post # 19
148 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

All day! From the second I have my coffee in the morning, until the last song of the night. My photographer is also my DJ. He doesn’t do packages, just one set price for the whole day. He’ll actually be joining us for the rehearsal dinner(not photographing, we’re just staying at a resort 2 hours away), so he’ll be with staying with us over night at the venue.

Post # 20
1180 posts
Bumble bee

7- they started shooting at 3pm (first look) and finished just beofre 10pm (first dance).

Post # 21
2758 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

We did 4 hours to save money. She showed up two hours before the ceremony to take getting ready, decorating details, bridal party pics, pics of the guys… basically everything except ceremony pictures and couples shots. She stayed until we cut the cake. 

Post # 22
7222 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2016

We were looking at a package that offered 8 hours and we were going to add an additional hour just in case. Then we found out that our photographer only did 10 hour minimums and we got the additional hour for free! It was a perfect amount of time. Included some getting ready pics, our two ceremonies and our reception and she was able to depart before people started looking too sweaty and drunk!

Post # 23
25 posts
  • Wedding: July 2017

We plan to do 12 hours, because we want to take some getting ready pictures!

Post # 24
68 posts
Worker bee

We eloped and booked 4 hours for photos (2 photographers) and ended up going over by approx 25 mins.

I wish i had booked 6 hours which would have given us enough time to take short breaks to refresh and sip on more champagne 😂

I think some of our videography shots (4 hours also 2 videographers) were taking longer than expected hence taking time away from photos. 

We had so much fun, wish we could do it again 😀



Post # 25
2330 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

I have “all day coverage” so I could literally start at 6am for coffee if I wanted (I don’t). I’ll probably have her come around 12 hours, 10-10. 

Post # 26
4964 posts
Honey bee

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soontobee1109 :  I plan to do 10 hours min to 12 hours max. This is likely too much for most brides but SO and I like photos and videos more than the average couple. I want everything captured from getting ready to after dinner dancing (with everything in between and lots of detail pics too) and send off (will likely be staged). Given a typical timeline, 8 hours is enough for majority of weddings per my photographer. 

Post # 27
3756 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom

We were a little tight for cash, so we could only afford to have our photographer for an hour before the wedding (to capture a few getting ready shots), the ceremony and an hour and a half posed photoshoot after the ceremony. So I guess a total of about 3 hours? For $500 he generated about 500 pictures, and we deemed about 100 of them ‘usable’…so not too shabby!

If I could do it all over again I would have coughed up enough cash to have him for at least part of the reception. My friend (who is a hobby photographer) kindly offered to photograph the reception for us. However, she did a HORRIBLE job…and barely took any photos. Aside from two ‘meh’ photos of us cuting our cake and one ‘meh’ photo of our first dance (and they took A LOT pf photoshop to even look ‘meh’) we couldn’t use any of the maybe 30 or 40 photos blurry, dark and poorly framed photos she took…so we don’t really have anything to show for our reception which makes me a little sad. 

Before anyone asks…I NEVER called her out on the poor photography (as it was FREE and a kind gesture)…I’ve just learned my lesson and politely declined her offer whenever she offers to photograph subsequent events for us. Life lesson: just because you own a $1500 camera and a bunch of books on the subject, does not mean you are a photographer.

Post # 28
136 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I got a girl who does it as a hobby, and that saved me tons of money and LOVED her pictures. I kind of figured if they have a certain skill, anyone can take pictures. I think I had her from noon-8pm or so. It was good for me. I didn’t have her take pictures of me doing my make-up which saved some money, but my bridesmaids took some awesome pics during that time.

Post # 29
713 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

We had 8 and it wasn’t enough. Wish they came earlier and that we had scheduled more time for formal shots.

Post # 30
680 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

My sister booked 12 hours and wished she got more…her wedding was at noon, followed by a family only lunch and then an evening cocktail reception at 7. The photographer was there from 9am-9pm (she came in the morning for getting ready photos, and the second shooter was with the groom) but my sister wished she had the photographer for more of the party because her first dance and father daughter dance didn’t happen until after the photographer left. That was just because of her timeline though, obviously most people would need less!

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