(Closed) Photography considerations

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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5554 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

I liked having two photographers because one was with me and the girls, the other was with DH and the guys getting ready. We took family pictures before the ceremony at the church. I am not a stickler for tradition so I didn’t care about the whole “seeing the grrom before the wedding” part so we had lots of time to take them and not rush because the guests were waiting on us. We had a package with the two photographers, an 11*17 print, a disk with edited images to print and then 18 pro quality mounted 5*7 prints. The disk was the best part for sure, but the pro prints REALLY do look nicer than the ones we printed off the high res disk. 

Post # 5
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1292 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2013
Post # 6
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1314 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

In nearly all cases there is a big advantage to having a second photographer.  It allows obviously for simultaneous coverage, coverage of multiple angles, and is also a good backup plan if the main photographer is ill on your day.  The more the two photographers have worked together in the past, the bigger the advantage.  Understand however that unless it’s a husband and wife team or regular partnership, odds are you won’t know who the second photographer is until a couple of months before the wedding at the earliest.
 

Unless you are doing a first look the normal time for family photos will be immediately after the ceremony.  Family photos are usually a much bigger consideration for your family members than they will be for you.  As a photographer it’s my least favorite part of weddings, but not planning on doing them means you will likely have family members asking the photographer to accommodate requests later.  Group photography is always easier in the earlier parts of the day when lighting is better and people haven’t been drinking.  
 

As far as packages go I stress this time and time to people – STUFF DOES NOT MATTER.  Spend every dime on getting the best photographer you can afford to take the photos and worry about albums and prints later.  There will always be someone out there who is cheaper and offers more product, but product doesn’t matter if you don’t love your photos.

Post # 7
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10368 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

First off, good photogs book a year or more in advance for prime season, so if you wait until the bridal show, you’ll likely only be talking to people who aren’t as talented, or people who are already booked for your date and are taking dates for 2014.

We had one shooter and did not need a second. We all got ready in the same hotel (so no problem getting shots of both of us getting ready). We also only had 70 guests, so there was a ton of coverage with one person.

We did family pictures across the street from our ceremony overlooking the ocean. Didn’t get married in a church, but the area around our wedding was so beautiful that we didn’t need to go anywhere else.

Our package only had the edited photos on disc, with rehearsal dinner coverage, an engagement shoot, and all day wedding coverage. I do photography as a side gig, so I already had access to pro printers and albums.

Post # 8
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739 posts
Busy bee

Like the poster above you really have to weigh how important photos are to you and get the best possible photographer for the amount you are budgeted to spend.

You want to look for photos that speak to you, that you can totally envision your wedding being shot this way. Are you comfortable with the person/people? You are going to be with them more than anyone else, including your FI {if you have getting ready time documented.} so make sure you are completely comfortable.

We usually shoot the family shots immediately after the ceremony. Either at the church or as soon as we arrive to the reception. Wedding party right after that. You can have them where ever you want them to be, you just need to make sure you allocate enough time to set up each group, plus travel time. 3 min per group of 5 or less 6 min for groups of 6 or more. This is once you start shooting, after you have traveled to the location. Make sure everyone who is in the formal photos knows they are to be at that location at that time and no one is to go into cocktail hour until they are done. Once you lose someone to CH you can pretty much guarantee you will either run behind waiting for this person or they will miss being in them. Doing a first look will allow you more time or you, your family and wedding party get to enjoy cocktail hour.

As for products the three that are considered must haves would be: the disk of high-resolution images {culled and at least adjusted if not edited}, engagement session {this will help you get comfortable with your photog so you are not going in cold on your big day}, and a wedding album {if you choose to have your photos preserved professionally , make sure you do some research on the albums they offer to weigh if it’s worth the investment for you} You can always pay for these things after the wedding, but most of the time photographers will slightly discount them if included it when you book them or at least not subjected to their yearly price increase.

A great link with lots of good advice on the bee HERE

weddingwire.com is a good place to read reviews on vendors in your area.

 

Post # 10
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Busy bee

Hi Nautigirl – you should talk to the photographer about how to plan out your timeline. Each one has their own way of working things. I do know, is if you want a good variety of romantic portraits of you and hubby you should plan for no less than 30min of just you guys.

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