(Closed) Photography hours? Start early, leave early?

posted 11 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
149 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2007

Taking photos early is great.  You can start as early as you feel the need to, especially if you think you’d want more than 45 minutes for the shoot.  45 minutes is a pretty good time span.  If your ceremony starts at 4:30, you want to be done with photos by 4pm, for you to unwind and get settled at the church, fix your dress if you need to, hair etc.  So starting at 3pm, is good.  Will your photographer be taking photos of you getting ready? If so, then you’d need him/her there earlier.

9pm is a good estimate of time, but when will you be doing the cake cutting?  Many guests won’t leave until they get some cake, so plan for your photographer to stay until you cut the cake. 

Post # 5
105 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2007 - Bride's family summer home in the Adirondacks

My photographer actually came about 4 hours before the ceremony started so she could get all the getting ready photos and shots of the details and set up etc beforehand.  Totally unnecessary, but just one more thing to throw in there for your consideration!  (We were not paying hourly, so that might have changed our priorities too.)  She also left a few hours early because the way she put it, after the dancing portion of the night begins…everything looks pretty much the same.  So she can spend 30 minutes on group shots of people dancing or stay for the full time, but the pictures probably will all start looking the same pretty quickly.  Since she had a long drive home and her rationale made total sense to me, we just made sure the cake cutting etc got done before it got too late, and then we got a ton of miscellaneous dancing/reception pics, and then she took off when we just kept on dancing.  Worked out perfectly for us! 

Post # 6
1 posts

Are you taking pictures of you and your husband before the ceremony or after?

If your taking them before you need to make more time for all of your formals, I would suggest 2pm-4pm. Normally a photographer wants at least 30 min each with the Bride & groom, bridal party, and family formals. 

 Also, when you start your reception its best to do the cake cutting in the beginning so that the rest of the cake can be cut for your guests to eat after dinner. Most common is Announcement of B&G, pray for dinner, eat, cake cutting, first dance, father/daughter mother/son, bridal party, etc..

 Hope this helps you some!

Post # 8
68 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

my photog is providing 8 hours of coverage…he’s covering the getting ready shots, ceremony, formal pictures post-ceremony, and reception. my ceremony starts at 5:30pm, and my reception is from 7pm to midnight.

Post # 9
13 posts

Take pictures as early as you can. I like to tell my brides and grooms that the earlier the pics are done the more time they have to have fun at the reception. You don’t want to miss out. If you can take them early do it 🙂

Post # 10
1718 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2008 - Winery in the Gold Country

Hi sweetjane, we’re in the same boat as you…I am only willing to pay for 5 hours at my photogs rates, and my wedding is from 5:30-10:30, so we’re having him come for the hours of 4:30-9:30.  After the cake cutting is over, nothing much happens that I feel like i need to pay 1K every additional hour for.  By then you just want to let loose and have a great time! and you’ll have plenty of amature pics from your guests.

 If youre having a "grand exit" then you might want your photog to stay to the end…we’re probably just going to ride the bus home with our guests 🙂

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