(Closed) Photographer-How many hours did you book him for?

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
964 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

My photographer has time listed as “unlimited”. We are having an evening wedding (6pm), so it won’t be ALL DAY. Please to start around 3pm and hope to have a few shots AFTER the reception out on the pier (midnight)… so he/she is getting off easy 🙂

Post # 4
5183 posts
Bee Keeper

I also booked my photographers for unlimited time 🙂

Post # 5
8738 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

Ours had a standard package of 8 hours. However we wanted shots of getting ready all the way through to the end of the night, so we added 2 extra hours.

Our photog (and second shooter) showed up at noon, ceremony was at 3:30, and the reception ended at 10.

I’m really happy we had all that time as we got over 800 awesome photos.

Post # 6
1815 posts
Buzzing bee

We booked 7-8 hours.

Post # 8
1991 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

We booked 8 hours and he actually ended up staying 9.5 but, thankfully, he didn’t charge us for the additional time.

Post # 9
542 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I booked 10 hours, with the option to extend him for one more hour for an extra $200. I never heard of “unlimited” time but that sounds really nice.

The price is going to depend on your area, and options you choose. If you can afford it, get the second (assistant) shooter, and buy the rights to your photos. My cost is $4K but NY is generally higher than other places.

Post # 10
4109 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Ours shot from 9am (our wedding was at 5pm) & throughout the night until the wedding was over. We were seperated the day of until the actual ceremony, so I appreciate having both our morning activities documented- they made my making an album flow better lol.

ETA: Oh, and for the average cost, it’s all over the board. It depends on what you want, who you hire, your budget, thier experience level, if they have to travel etc. Ours was a ‘friendor’ & we got him for a STEAL.

Post # 11
16213 posts
Honey Beekeeper

Ours was for 10 hours. He ended up staying about 10.5-11 on his own terms. 🙂

Post # 12
1252 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Ours was 10 hours, they were with us from 1:30-11:30.

Post # 13
1314 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

Most weddings we shoot in Southern California average around 8 hours.  A lot of it depends on what’s important to you to be covered, and how much traveling around you’re going to be doing from point A to point B.  You might consider doing a rough draft of your timeline before you start talking to people so you have a better idea of exactly what you need.  For us it’s more important to be there in the early phases than it is to the very end.

When we shot more in the midwest 10 hours was a more common number because people weren’t usually getting married at the same location as the reception.

ETA: Totally overlooked the question of rates.  Photography is not a regulated industry, so you are going to find that prices vary widely by experience and services offered.  On average, most reasonably large metro areas wedding photography is going to fall in the range of 2500-5000 for full time pros, who are experienced, insured, and come with back up gear.  There is a lot of variance in what people on this forum hire photographers for, but in general the sub 2000 deals are going to be from part timers and beginners.  Every once in awhile you might luck out going that route, but it’s a pretty big gamble if photography is really important to you.

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