Post # 1
I worked out a schedule today and felt that I would like to add a few more hours of photography. When I talked to the manager of the photography company, he was adament that I didn’t need any more. My ceremony is at 4:00 and reception won’t end until midnight. Right now, I have the photographer from 1:30-9:30 but that only leaves 2.5 hours for pre-ceremony formal shots, bridal shots, decor shots, and getting ready shots. We are not doing a first look, but I would like to get all the individual parent/family shots that we can before the ceremony so we can have some extra couple time after the ceremony and not feel so rushed to get everything done.
I’m thinking I would like to have someone there from noon until 10pm. But he thinks having a photographer there 4 hours before the ceremony is overkill and that she will be standing around with nothing to do.
What do you ladies think? Is 10 hours too much time?
Post # 3
Personally, I think that it would be better to have the photographer there earlier, but I think you are asking way too much time of them. 8 hours seems like a good maximum amount of time. Unless you want to pay them more. I’m having a 4pm ceremony and we’re going to be done by about 9:00p-9:30p. Our photographer will probably be there 1-9 or 1:30p-9:30p.
Post # 4
@onceinalifetime122113: yes…I would have to pay more which I am ok with.
Post # 5
If you’re not doing first look then you only need 1.5-2 hours pre ceremony for pictures. I think 8 hours is a good enough amount
Post # 6
In my experience 4 hours pre-ceremony is overkill. I usually shoot 2, 3 tops.
Post # 7
@mtbikelover: I think that if you’re willing to pay more for the service, it’s your call!
I personally would rather pay for more time with the photographer to ensure I have all the shots I want, and be able to relax and take my time with photos than to be rushed off my feet or risk not having all the valued moments captured on film.
Having said that, I think 4 hours pre-ceremony might be more than you need, but I think you should choose whatever you’re comfortable with!
Post # 8
If you want to pay for it, I don’t really see why they care if they’d end up standing around.
I only had 30 minutes pre-ceremony and didn’t do any formal shots then, but we had the “Catholic Gap” to deal with photos between ceremony and reception, so there was time then.
Post # 9
I think this is why I worked with an individual photographer instead of a company.
Post # 10
this is why those photo companies aren’t great. You aren’t dealing with a photographer but a ” manager” who most likely has never shot a wedding ever.
Post # 11
I think the current schedule is more than sufficent.