(Closed) Is 6 hours of photography enough??

posted 9 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I decided what I wanted covered and worked backwards.

Say you want coverage until just after the first dances… what time will those be at? Start from there and count your 6 hours backwards and figure out where you end up… just before the ceremony? or earlier? Does it leave time for "getting ready" photos {if you want those}?

It all depends on what you want covered, when you want your formal shots, and how spread out your day is!

 

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

I did the same as NixLapi. I counted backward from the end of my day to determine how much I needed. The last thing I wanted was for my wedding to have only an hour left and then for the photographer to say, okay, we’re leaving!

However, I also had a wedding that was really spread out. My ceremony started at 2 and my reception was over at 10. This meant that ultimately I went with a photographer who stayed all day (no hourly charge, just all day). 

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I had my photographer for 8 hours and I wish I would have had her for longer. There were a lot of reception pics I wish we would have gotten…

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I have my unlimited hours just incase something gone wrong like people getting there late and everything run late.  Also, I want to go to different location for photos that day so not all my pics are from the same place.  I don’t have to worry about not have enough pictures.  I think 6 hrs might be a little rush for photos.  Try to see if you can find someone with the same skill and price range, but with more hrs.  I don’t have a videotagrapher so having a photographer all day is very important to me. Hope this helps

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010 - Jewel Box in Forest Park and Windows on Washington

It really depends on when your ceremony and reception starts.  If they are back-to-back, you may not need a ton of coverage, but if you have time in between, then it may be best to have a little more time with a photographer.

And, I agree with the other girls.  I would count backwards from the end of the day.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I had our group photos taken in between the ceremony and the cocktail hour. Our ceremony began at 2 pm and the cocktail hour began at 4:30. We did not get to the cocktail hour until 5:30. Our photographer never stopped. She took pics of the guests and all the details of the reception. During dinner we gave her a plate of the food we served and she quietly ate it in the back and then went on taking photos.

Post # 10
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Newbee

Ususally the photos in between the ceremony and reception take you right up to the start  of the wedding, so there won’t be any sitting around (and, if you have a photojournalist, then they’ll be taking candids during any down time). 6 hours usually isn’t enough if the ceremony and reception are at different places, and definitely isn’t enough if you want getting ready photos.

🙂 Heather

http://www.cirasphotography.com

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2000

It depends on your timeline & your photographer. I’ve shot 6 hour weddings & got from the start of the bride’s hair & makeup to the couple’s exit.  I’ve also shot 10 hour weddings that didn’t seem like enough time. As others have said, make a timeline of your day & what you want covered. But make sure to go over it with your photographer. An experienced pro will be able to let you know if it’s reasonable & what adjustments are needed.

Post # 12
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Newbee

Most photographers provide 8 hours of coverage for their average package. This will not be enough to cover your whole wedding. For complete coverage, usually you need about 10-12 hours to make sure you have the whole "story" of the wedding. http://www.wayneyuan.com

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

mines 6 hours and just enough because we worked out a half off deal… for us and our budget they are coming 2 hours before the ceremony and leaving shortly after the first few dances

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