(Closed) Photography – How many hours really?

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: How many hours did you have?
    less than 4 : (2 votes)
    6 %
    5 : (0 votes)
    6 : (1 votes)
    3 %
    7 : (0 votes)
    8 : (8 votes)
    25 %
    9 : (1 votes)
    3 %
    10 : (7 votes)
    22 %
    more than 10 : (7 votes)
    22 %
    I had the perfect amount : (6 votes)
    19 %
  • Post # 3
    7561 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2013

    It really depends on your schedule and what you want. 

    We went with 4 hours. That broke down to:

    30 mins getting ready

    1 and 1/2 hours couples portraits, Bridal Party pictures & parents

    30 min candids waiting for ceremony

    30 min ceremony

    30 min family portraits after 

    30 min start of reception – first dances, etc. 

    I didn’t want to pay for reception pictures since I didn’t think I would keep/frame them. Plus, lots of people took pictures at the reception and shared them. I’m pretty happy with my choice and feel like I got a good deal. 

    Post # 4
    1285 posts
    Bumble bee

    I photograph weddings, 8 is a fair amount.  sometimes 8.5. Usually never go over 8 hours. I cover pre ceremony, ceremony, portraits and reception.  Usually a 12-8 or 1-9 type of day.

    Post # 5
    2481 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I had more than 10 hours and it was perfect for us. We had a family ceremony with lunch afterwards and this was followed by a big evening reception. So we have excellent pictures from every part of the day and every guest. I did have an exceedingly good and generous deal from a fellow professional photographer though so cost wasn’t an issue. 

    I guess how many hours you want or need depends (a) on your budget, (b) on the number of “must have” shots you want and (c) whether you want the whole event covered. 

    Post # 6
    7219 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Like other PPs said, it really depends on your timeline.

    We had our photographer start at 11:30am so we could take getting ready pictures and stay through part of the reception so he could get some pictures of people dancing (8:30pm).

    Post # 8
    1769 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    We have either 8 or 9 hours (I don’t remember).

    Our plan is:


    Photographer arrives at 12:30 while girls get ready, then boys

    ceremony at 2:30

    Family/couple/bridal party photos

    reception at 6:30

    photographers leave at 8:30 or 9:30


    If we didn’t have our huge, unavoidable gap, we’d be good with probably six hours, I think.

    Post # 9
    10453 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2014

    We are going with 12. That will cover getting ready to dancing. 

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