(Closed) Lets talk photographers! Need advice?

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Post # 3
794 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@kittywolf13: This is tricky, but you have to think about what you want photographed.  If you want the getting ready process documented, figure out what time that will happen and see if 7 hours will allow you enough time.  I’m going with an “all day” package…no set times because the getting ready photos are also important to me.  

Post # 4
406 posts
Helper bee

I’d rather have seven hours of great photography than unlimited mediocrity

Post # 5
610 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@kittywolf13:  6 or 7 hours is not a whole lot when all is said and done unless you’re having a luncheon or something very small. 

BUT, if 6 or 7 hours is what you end up going with, I would suggest only having about 30 to 40 minutes of “getting ready” shots  and consider doing a “first look” 


I’m a wedding photographer, and I’ve shot 20 weddings this season – timing is so important. If your ceremony isn’t too early in the day, and you take my suggestions 6 or 7 hours could very well be perfect!

Post # 7
216 posts
Helper bee

What’s you total guest count ?     6-7 hours is probably ok especially for under 100 guests.   It depends on your timeline for the day.   Make an outline of your wedding day timeline ( including at least an hour for posed pictures ) and you’ll probably have a much better idea what you need.  

I personally think it’s much better to go with a more skilled photographer for a shorter time than to chose someone whose work you don’t feel great about for a longer time.

Post # 9
1314 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

The amount of time you need a photographer has zero to do with the number of guests, but how much of the day you want documented.  If you’re approaching it from a story telling aspect you need to have the photographer there from the getting ready process through all of the events and into dancing (assuming you are going to have dancing).  This boils down to your timeline, nothing more nothing less.  Is 6-7 hours enough? Depends on how spread out your day is.  If everything is in the same location it may be enough.  Most photographers will let you add time to your package at a later date.  We let people do it even on the day of the event.  If the dilemma is you don’t know what your timeline is at the moment, just add time later.  If the dilemma is you know your day is going to go well beyond 6-7 hours and you don’t think you can afford it, go with the best photographer you can afford, worry about stuff like albums and print later.

Post # 10
6544 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

@continuumphotography:  +1 

I tell all of my clients, TIME is the one thing you can’t ever get more of after the fact. It’s really easy to get allured in by albums, prints, etc. The *stuff* is all something you can get later, but you can never add more time on once the wedding is over. Hire the best photographer you can afford. I always say, it’s better to have 6 hours with a fantastic photographer than 9 hours with a so-so/crappy photographer!

Post # 11
171 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Remember that you don’t need to photographer there until the end of the reception unless you want photos of drunk, sweaty guests. Really the only way to answer this question is to write out a rough schedule and see if you can get everything you want in 6-7 hours.

Post # 12
633 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

We had to add on extra time because we were late to cut the cake – so much to do and so little time! And we didn’t have the photographer stay to our grand exit; it seemed like a waste to have photos of 3 hours of dancing only for a quick goodbye pic!

Post # 13
11325 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

I’d rather have 6 hours of fabulous photography than 10 of okay photography (and that’s what I did for my own wedding– booked just 6 hours). 

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