(Closed) Is 6 hours enough?

posted 4 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
8042 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

Maybe I am missing something, but why would you need a photographer there for the ENTIRE day? If you want getting ready photos, just get ready closer to the start of the ceremony, no?

Six hours sounds like a really long time to have a photographer. We had a very small and simple wedding, didn’t even hire a pro, and got some lovely photos in the space of about 15 minutes (after the ceremony).

Post # 4
12003 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

@kimmo416:  we have ours for 6 hours, and after talking to her about it – a lot – and what she’ll be there for and what she won’t, I’m very happy and confident she’ll get it all.

She’ll be there to get me getting into my dress and a few detail shots beforehand (dress in a window and shoes and rings and accessories and things).  She’ll get the ceremony and then group shots, she’ll be there for dinner, speeches, first dance and cake cutting – then she’s gone.  I don’t need her getting a bunch of pictures of the dance after 9:30 – things will start to get silly and I’ll have enough guest pics of the drunkenness happening that i don’t need to pay her to do it to.  If I change my mind, I can add an hour right then if I want (it costs a pretty penny, but i have the option)

ETA – for what it’s worth, we have 2 photogs, 6 hours, $2000 + tax.  We’re in a VERY expensive part of the country but there are lots of people out there.  I used facebook to find mine.  I looked through pictures that friends were tagged in from weddings and found her that way.  Super happy.


Post # 7
306 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@kimmo416:  I have my photographer for 7 hours. Our ceremony is 30 minutes and our reception is 4 hours. This will give us plenty of time to capture everything. 


I would tell them how long everything is. What pictures you really want and see if they can work with you.


Also I would look for photographers on Craigslist. You will be surprised what great talent is out there and more reasonably priced. I would do a lot of reseach and ask lots of questions before you settle with one. 


Post # 8
9198 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

If you’re not concerned about documenting until the very bitter end of the party, I think 6 hours would be ok.  If she showed up 3 hours before the ceremony: 1 hour getting ready, 2 hours of photos and travel, 3 hours of ceremony / cocktail hour / toasts?  It’s not ideal but you could make it work.  (Unless you have a gap.)

For getting ready photos, some of them are really unnecessary.  You don’t really need the whole process documented.  If your hair and makeup is done and she just photographs you putting on lipstick, your BMs helping you put on your jewelry, mom helping you in your dress, etc etc that’s all the good stuff anyway.

Post # 10
616 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@kimmo416:  yup we are having 6 hours – ultimately we decided we would rather have amazing photography for 6 hours than “ok” photography for 8 or 9. Our ceremony and reception are at the same location so that makes it easier. We are just going to have her come and take an hour of getting ready photos (again, I don’t need her photographing me opening my eyes in the morning, just coming out of the shower, going to the bathroom, etc). Then our “first look” and family photos will take about an hour, then she’ll stay for a few hours of the reception (after a while, all those dancing photos start to get boring anyway!) So really all we’d be missing is the last two hours of the reception. Just plan to do all the big stuff like father daughter dance etc at the beginning and you’ll be good. Unless you want every second documented, then you’ll need more than 6 hours

Post # 11
4989 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@kimmo416:   Perhaps you could recreate some of the getting ready poses later in the day?  We have a full day package but because of various complications we are staging “faux” getting ready shots at the venue.  That might work for you?

Post # 12
8042 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@kimmo416:  Makes sense. Odd then that she only has 6 hours!

Post # 13
169 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

@kimmo416:  Hey OP, I think it depends on timing–when your ceremony starts/ends, how long you expect to take pictures post-ceremony, and when your reception starts and how long you want your photog to stay (you can probably plan a lot of the big stuff to happen earlier in the night to make sure it’s captured). What I learned when I looked for photographers (which was like… the last two weeks) is that if you really, really like them, they’ll find a way to make it work for you. I was in love with this photographer’s work who was way over budget (my budget was 1200 but willing to go to mid-3000, and he was 5000), told them I was between them and a different vendor, and they substantially lowered their prices to meet my needs. With my package, I will get a lead photographer and a second shooter. The lead, at least, will be with us for 10 hours. Good luck 🙂

Post # 15
547 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

@kimmo416:  I had a similar price point to yours and I believe we live in a similar area. I think the package you’re looking at is good if you love the photographer. The biggest disagreement Darling Husband and I had while wedding planning was photography. I loved a certain one that was like $3000 and he said no way, that’s crazy. He wanted to hire an art student from craigslist! We had an overall small budget so in my heart I knew the one I wanted was overreaching, but I told him he needed to be a little more flexible with me since this was the biggest part of the wedding that I was willing to sink money into. We ended up finding a great deal closer to our budget and it was like $1800, close to $2000 with taxes/fees (well I thought it was a great deal but Darling Husband still thought it was a bit much haha) We did 8 hours, but I think 6 would be fine, assuming your reception is immediately following your ceremony. 

Post # 16
5176 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

@kimmo416:  That seems like a ton for just 6 hours. Maybe you could try to  bargain with her and get 8 out of her? We are paying $3100 for full day coverage (mine doesnt work by the hour – we can have him for as long as we want) and that includes an assistant AND a 2nd photographer (who only stays for 4). I would think 6 hours would be more in the $1500-$2000 range…

That said, I would imagine 6 hours is enough to cover it all if you are doing photos during cocktail hour. I would think the photog could get dancing/candid photos right after dinner and leave 1-2 hours before the reception is over.

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