(Closed) How much time do you need for your photographer?

posted 10 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
90 posts
Worker bee

we had 8 and it was honestly too much.  once we got to the reception, the pictures were all pretty similar.  with 4:30, TRY to convince your groom to let him see you before the wedding becuase we had the same time and were limited with any outdoor photos because of light once the ceremony was over.

Post # 4
2292 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

I agree with gracielou – you want photos (during the reception) of the toasts, the cake-cutting, and maybe the first hour of dancing.  After that, it all looks the same.  And I’m not sure what you mean about photos of the whole getting ready time.  Our photographer got there in time to take photos of the guys buttoning their cuffs and tying their ties, and us girls lacing up the dress and some final primping of make-up and hair – and sneaking gin-and-tonics in the dressing room – and then, of course, the pinning of corsages and bouts.  That, along with the photos of the cake and flowers and the tables all set-up, took less than an hour.  Earlier in the day (at the hairdresser and such) one of my girlfriends who has a nice camera brought it along and took some candid shots, which are nice to have, but frankly I wouldn’t have wanted professional photos of all that.  The candids are really great quality – more than good enough for a nice album – and it’s not like we’re going to have anything from that part of the day blown up to a mantle-sized portrait on canvas or anything like that.  Our photographer was there for 7 hours give or take, and I think anymore would have been overkill.  Although we did take up another 1 1/2 hours of his time a week later in a day-after TTD type shoot, as it was at first too hot and then too dark on the day of our wedding for the outside shots that we wanted – and I wasn’t going to leave in the middle of the reception to get them!

Post # 5
228 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

Hmm, if your photog gets there at 2:30 that is 2 hours then your ceremony is at 4:30 the photog will leave at 9:30…I think you have to make a timeline. I don’t know how long your reception is and when you plan to do your speeches, cake, garter and bouquet toss. If you make sure to not take huge gaps in between those things, then I would think you will be able to work with the 7 hours. You don’t need your photog there for the whole time you get ready. The photog usually gets there while your doing last minute touches and then get into your dress. I don’t see you needing 15 hours of photography coverage. But yeah do a timeline, and work in travel time if you have far to go to get to your venue.

Post # 6
51 posts
Worker bee

I would guess that most photography coverage is between 6 and 10 hours. For most weddings that’s enough time for some getting ready shots, the formal portraits, the ceremony, and the key parts of the reception. Some people want the photographer to stay to the very end of the reception, especially if there is some kind of special exit (like with flower petals, sparklers, or whatever) afterwards.

Everyone’s timeline is different of course, but unless you plan on having a large gap of time on your wedding day between the ceremony and reception, then 15 hours is overkill. Maybe tweak your timeline a bit so the 7 hours covers most of what you need? Good luck!

Joe Milton
International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers

Post # 7
601 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

Depends, I wanted our photographer there for our send off too.  She was with us from about 2pm – 11pm.  

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