(Closed) Photography hours

posted 9 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
5572 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

We are having ours for 7 hours. Our wedding will start at 5pm and the reception will go until 10pm so we will have some time for pictures before and getting ready pictures.

I personally would just have friends take pictures at the after party, like people who will already be there so that you don’t have to pay the photographer to be there. I think that it’ll definitely be an opportunity for some good pictures but after awhile it would all start being the same picture IMO.

Post # 4
568 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I’m a bit stingy so I would probably go with 8 hours however if there is not a huge price difference I would say why noy have the photographer there for the after party.  I think it would be nice to have pictures of both the formal aspects of the wedding but also celebrating the night with friends. 

Post # 5
3176 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Is there a huge cost difference in the time?

I’m a big believer in taking too many pictures 🙂

Post # 6
518 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

We are having our photographer from 11:30am – 10:30pm = 11 hours


She is starting with the guys getting ready, me getting ready, Catholic ceremony, outdoor photos, Persian ceremony, reception.


I don’t want to miss a beat!  Our reception is until 12:00am; I figure we will not need any photos past 10:30.

Post # 7
877 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Our package (and our photographer’s only package at the time) was for any 10 consecutive hours.  We’re still not sure when we’d like her to show up yet, but we definitely want her there until the first dance (which is the last thing we’ve schedule after dinner, to kick off the dancing).  Personally, I don’t see the need for too many photos of dancing or an after party, but if you’d like some, maybe try to have them there for about half an hour or so?

Post # 8
1937 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

We hired our photographers for 7 hours.  We saw them as we were getting ready for the first look through about half way through the reception.  We didn’t think it was necessary for them to be there during the whole reception.  Once the cake was cut, there wasn’t that much going on. 

Is there a limit to how late your photographer is willing to work?  Or how many hours total?  Or is it really as many hours as you want?  Also, is there any limit on the number of locations that your photographer will shoot at? 

Post # 9
3761 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

We did an all day package and I’m glad we did over just an XX number of hours job.  

Our photographers showed up at 10 am at the salon/hotel (one with the girls, one with the guys).  They stayed until our reception ended around 11 pm.  After a certain point, there are only so many pictures you can take of people dancing, but some of the end of the night pictures of us saying goodbye to our guests are some of my favorites.  


Post # 10
7693 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

We had them for 8 hours – they were taking pictures while we got ready but not during hair/makeup so they got there around 3:00 and they left around 11:30 – they didnt charge us for the extra time. I wanted pictures of the entire reception because if not then we would have missed cake cutting, garter, bouquet and our grand exit (on a boat) – I didnt care so much about the getting hair and make up done photos but if you do then I would suggest the longer time frame

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

We had our photographer from 4 to 12 (8 hours).  Honestly, we didn’t really get a lot of pictures out of the reception portion especially with the minimal lighting.

Post # 13
1037 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010 - Carlouel Yacht Club

We lucked out with a photog who has all-day packages…so he arrived at 8am and stayed with us until the very last moment of the reception/our getaway!

Post # 15
56 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

Being a photographer I can tell you that once the major moment of the wedding are over you don’t necessarily need a photographer for extra hours on the dance floor. As long as the 8 hours covers all the must capture moments, like the cak cutting, first dance, garter, etc. you are good to go. BUT don’t expect the photos your family and friends will take to compare to those of a professional photographer.

Post # 16
3364 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

We are doing 8hrs

Only get our Venue for about 4 or 4.5 Hours 

And we are doing Prep Pics, First Look, Formal Family Pics and then some After! 

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