(Closed) photographer leaving early…

posted 9 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
5540 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

Mine stayed the whole time, but it was in the middle of the afternoon and from the time she showed up till when it was over was less than 6 hours, including getting ready time. If you want them to stay and take grand exit pictures or whatever it sounds like she would so I think it is up to you. 

Post # 4
5091 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

Mine was there the whole time.

Post # 6
2253 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

My photographer and his second shooter are both staying through the entire ceremony. During the reception they will both stay until after the first dance. After that, I will have one until the end of the whole night.


Post # 7
4674 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’ve done some wedding photography and honestly past the important dances, unless you have other things going on later in the night I usually get a bunch of dancing and take off!  Most of the time there is enough time before dinner/ after dinner and the begining of the dance to get a good amount of mingling and such.  Unless your wedding is huge or you have a lot going on I feel like the dancing/ mingling pics just get repeditive.  

Post # 8
7605 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I think it would depend on whatever your contract states.  We have our photogs booked for 8 hours but we have the option to extend the coverage to 10 hours if need be.  They have said they won’t just leave and we can play it by ear, but I didn’t get the impression that it would be a freebie!

Post # 9
41 posts
  • Wedding: August 2012

We booked for only 6 hours. And honestly, we’ll be able to get all the important things during that time. We’re also setting out tons of disposable cameras for the guests so we can have even more pictures.

Post # 10
2491 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

My photographer suggested only booking them until about 30 minutes after the guests start dancing. As she said, after 30 minutes of dancing pictures, you are really only going to have another couple HOURS of the same shots. Not worth the cash.

Post # 11
3771 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 1999

I think our photographers left after the first hour of dancing. DEfinately agree that while some of the dancing ones are really fun, it would get repetitive.

Post # 12
18628 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Mine was there the whole time, but we didn’t get a lot of pictures from after the dancing.

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

I’m confused if you’re saying that she is wanting to leave before the 8 hours you paid for, or your concerned that she’ll be leaving before the wedding is over but after she’s put in her 8 hours. If she’s leaving before her allotted time I’d be annoyed.  We never leave before our allotted time.  

We have seen a trend where people are hiring us for shorter time periods, probably due to the economy, and we always suggest placing importance on the beginning rather than the end of the wedding.  

Here’s something to consider: once all of the formalities are over and the dance floor is open, unless you have a fancy exit planned most of the time all there is to photograph is dancing.  Dancing can be a lot of fun to photograph, especially with a fun crowd.  But how many dancing shots do you really need?

Post # 14
428 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

If you’re paying for 8 hours, they should stay for 8 hours.

My photographers said they basically take photo’s when the dancing starts, which is usually towars the end anyway and then they’re off. So I’m having them come at 3 and working 7 hours.

Post # 15
4334 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

No, but we knew we had paid her for only a certain number of hours. She still stayed beyond the point which we had paid her, and before she left she came up and checked to make sure there weren’t any pictures we were missing.

Post # 16
5117 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Ours is 8 hours, allotted how we’d like. So we’re starting at 12:30 with getting ready shots and ending at 8:30 after a half hour of dance photos.

If your photog is saying that she’d want to bail when the dance started, even if you had time left, then that’s lame. But if she’s simply telling you that most people don’t pay for the extra time to get more dance pics or allot most of their time to the dance, then I see her point. You could always have her come right before the ceremony and stay through (like 4-midnight, for example), but really, after so long, dance pics get repetative and your guests are likely to snap anything extra awesome that happens later in the night. 

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