Post # 1
We are deciding on a photography package and need some help! Package A is 10 hours of photography and $400 credit towards the album (which costs $1400). Package B is 8 hours of photography and $700 credit towards the album. We could probably ask for something in the middle. How many hours do you think we need? I definitely want the getting ready pics.
Post # 3
Depends on how early you’re getting ready, how much of a gap you have between ceremony and reception, and how many "dancing" pictures you want.
I was getting ready at our hotel at noon, a good 4 hours before the ceremony, and we were taking our formal pics before the ceremony started. Then we went straight to the reception (though it was half an hour away) and our reception went until 10:30.
We couldn’t afford a 12-hour package, and we did want coverage through a good bit of the dancing, so we opted to go without "getting ready" footage. If you want it, make sure that your timeline allows for it or your photographer may end up needing to leave before some important reception moments.
Post # 4
thanks for the tip. our ceremony and reception are at the same place and we’re getting ready on-site too so that should cut down on things.
Post # 5
bklyngirl – Can you post the timeline of your day? What time is your ceremony? What time does the reception start and end? What time will you start getting ready? This will help determine how many hours you could potentially need coverage for, and then you can decide if you need to forgo coverage of some parts of the day depending on how expensive it is.
Also depending on what you’re planning on doing for an album afterwards, you might want to opt for more hours of coverage instead of credit towards the album. You only get one shot at getting the photos, but once you’ve got the photos, you can create the album whenever you can afford it. If you can’t afford a fancy album right away, you can still get a cheap (but attractive) photobook from Blurb or MyPublisher if that is something that interests you, and get the fancy album for an anniversary or something.
Post # 6
We are having eight hours…so we can get ready, have the ceremony, pictures of the family, cake cutting and dinner and some dancing, but we figured she didn’t need to stay to the bitter end of the night. How many pictures of dancing can you have? I think you could go with eight hours, think about the time at the end that doesn’t need coverage and count backward.
Post # 7
I have a photographer on Staten Island that charges by the event not the time line. My photographer will be with me for the duration of my day regardless of the time and we are paying one price, and they have a range of pricing depending on what sort of packages you want. I went for the middle of the road one which gives me a 30 page album (60 sides), two parents albums, bridal party pictures, 100 thank you pictures, and three framed (yes, they frame them for you) large photos, my proofs in an album and all of my proofs on CD for emailing and reprints. Let me know if you would like their information. They aren’t too far from brklyn.