(Closed) How many hours would you/did you hire photog for? (Poll)

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: How many hours would you have photographer?

    Less than 8 hours

    8 hours

    10 hours

    Full day

  • Post # 2
    2757 posts
    Sugar bee

    We had our photography/cinematography team for 12 hours…from 10am-10pm.

    They arrived at our suites during hair and makeup and left right before dancing began.

    Post # 3
    123 posts
    Blushing bee

    We originally hired ours for 6 hours (they were out of our budget as is) but then realized they wouldn’t be there for last hour and a half of our reception. We did a really cool fireworks show at the end of our reception and they wouldve had to leave before that and before most of the dancing and “fun” part of our reception, so we ended up deciding to hire them for a full 8 hours.

    They were photographing from about 2pm-10pm and our ceremony was at 4:30. We also didn’t have a first look. 🙂 

    Post # 4
    3866 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2017 - City, State

    We had a smaller, no dancing wedding, so we only had our photographer for 4 hours. So getting pics ready through the cake cutting. We had an after party after dinner but didn’t see any reason to take photos of people there.

    Post # 6
    2757 posts
    Sugar bee

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    bear123 :  I honestly didn’t notice them much…they were kind of just in the background while I was messing around with my girls.  I loved my main photog.  He was super funny and it helped that we’d already had an engagement session with him so I was pretty comfortable.

    I’d say the only awkward moment of the whole day was during the posed shots ie bridal portraits since they instruct you on how to actually pose.

    Post # 7
    1200 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2018

    We decided to hire a great photographer for fewer hours over an average one for the full day. We currently have 5 hours (though she said she’ll let us know when she’s going to leave and we have the option of having her stay longer and she’ll bill us later).
    Mostly just want all the posed pictures done before the wedding, ceremony pictures, family portraits, and she’ll leave after taking pictures of the first dances and the cake.

    Post # 8
    263 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2017

    We originally reserved 6 hours — enough for getting ready and first look photos through 3/4 of the reception. We knew we’d miss the final 1.5 hours, but no biggie, right? At the last minute we threw in another 2 hours, and I’m SO glad we did!  That’s when we did family portraits and other candids I would have been so sorry to miss having. Totally worth the extra money.

    Post # 9
    303 posts
    Helper bee

    We hired for full day – 9a thru 9p. The minimal difference in the package prices was far worth the extra time, and it also includes two photographers. I cant wait to see the important shots from 2 different angles. And I love that we will have a photographer at home for hair and makeup before we head to the venue to get dressed. I would rather over hire than find out in the end that we missed something and regretted not hiring for longer time.

    Post # 10
    2485 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2018

    We are doing 10 hours – with 2 photographers. They’ll arrive when we’re about half way through getting ready (to get the tail end of that, me getting makeup/hair/getting ready pics but they don’t need to be there for the ENTIRE time). They will stay through dinner, all the importants like speeches, dances and cake cutting, etc and will get a couple hours of reception partying. 

    Post # 11
    567 posts
    Busy bee

    We eloped so defintely had a different time line than you, but we had our photographers come right near the end of getting ready so they just captured “final touches” pictures. final spritz of hairspray, touch up of lip gloss etc etc. I sure didn;t need pictures with my eyebags not concealed yet lol

    Post # 12
    2662 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2015

    It doesn’t hurt to ask the advice of the photographers – they are usually very open and informed. Ours were hired for four hours but stayed for five. They got hair/MUA through to the end of our small and short wedding. They arrived half an hour before the hair and make-up was due to finish.

    I’d get half an hour to an hour of your guests partying but they are only going to get more and more dishevelled and drunk so I think it’s best all around if they leave!

    Post # 13
    1191 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2017

    We had ours for 8 hours from 2-10pm.  I would have paid for one extra hour to have her there until we ended at 11.

    Post # 14
    144 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2017

    12 hours (10:30am – 10:30pm)

    – photographer arrived at 10:30am for details (dress hanging outside, closeups of rings, shoes, hair accessories, etc), followed by hair/makeup/getting ready shots of both the guys and girls (we were at two different houses only a few doors down from each other)

    – 12:30pm first look and more pictures of me and DH

    – 1pm-3pm photos with bridal party, as well as more of me and DH, at another location plus more outside of the venue…this includes driving time between locations

    – 3pm back in separate rooms at the venue before guests start arriving

    – 4pm ceremony

    – 4:30pm family portraits (and start of cocktail hour)

    – 5pm-10:30pm remainder of cocktail hour, reception

    I will say I never would’ve guessed we would need that much coverage.  I had only planned on 8 hours for budget reasons, but the photographer was adamant (in a friendly way) that we needed 10 and he ultimately agreed to give us 10 hours for the cost of 8.  He likes to have a solid two hours for details, guys getting ready, girls getting ready.  Then we needed to factor in the travel time from our house where we were doing first look, to the lake front where we wanted pictures, then to the venue where we wanted more pictures in their gorgeous open field and wooded areas.  That would have had us covered until 8:30pm which we were okay with, but my dad decided he wanted coverage until the end of the reception and he paid for two more hours.  In the beginning I thought 12 hours seemed excessive, but I’m so glad we went with it!

    If you’re getting ready at your venue, or going straight from your getting ready place to the venue, you could definitely cut back on the time.  We needed to start our first look at 12:30 for a 4pm ceremony simply because of the different locations we wanted photos, and the venue wanted us “hidden” back in our rooms by 3pm so the guests wouldn’t see us when they started arriving.  From 3-4 while we were relaxing, the photog was out in the reception area taking pictures of tables, centerpieces and such.

    ***ETA…I knew neither me nor DH would be ready for the photog as early as 10:30am, but that first hour he just did all the “details.”  Then he got the tail end of DH getting ready (ie: his dad helping with this tie) and the end of my hair, makeup, then putting on the dress, shoes and jewelry). 

    Post # 15
    6241 posts
    Bee Keeper

    Just checking something – you say dinner at 6pm but you expect 1st dance and cake curing etc all to be over after dinner at 8pm. I think that’s really short. Bear in mind catering times slip, and if you’re having a 3 course seated dinner with toasts and speeches, allow at least 2 hours for that, I’d say more like 2.5 and that’s if speeches are snappy. By th stone everyone freshens up it could easily be 9pm before you get to cake cutting or dances etc 

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