Post # 1
I’m a photographer hoping to get some honest feedback from brides. Would you be more interested in booking a photographer who’s packages all included no time limit the day of the wedding? And how much time would you take with them? I am a little worried about 10 hour days, but I like the idea of not being under time pressures and able to connect more with the couple and family.
Post # 3
That was a huge selling point for us… we wanted our photographer with us for the whole thing… She was with us for a little over 10 hours, and she was worth every single cent! It really mattered to us to have someone capture the whole day, and we’re very glad we did 🙂
Post # 4
I would say only offer what you KNOW you can handle. While a bride and groom would appreciate unlimited hours, it’s actually not going to do anyone any good if the last 2 of those hours you are so dead tired that you can’t take good pictures anymore, you know? Offer what you can within your limitations. I would much rather have 8 hours of solid photos than 8 hours of good photos with 2 hours of eh photos at the end because the photographer was beat.
To be honest, one of the first photographers I spoke with was just getting started and she told me she would do a FIFTEEN HOUR DAY. I told her that was totally unnecessary and I’d have felt guilty having her around literally from sunup to sundown. Don’t push yourself so hard your work suffers!
Post # 5
Our photographer does his packages based on number of photos (though he usually takes way more) rather than hours. Basically he said he is ours for the whole day. We haven’t fully worked out our timeline yet but I think we’ll likely go easy on him and have him start with a first look around 1 – 1:30 through most of the reception, which will end around 8:30. I probably won’t have him do getting ready pics, since my hair and makeup is at 10 am.
Post # 6
Our photographer did unlimited. Where we are 10 hours is the norm by the way.
Post # 7
Ours is doing unlimited, which will probably end up being 1pm-11pm (10 hours). I’m just excited that we don’t need to be looking at the clock the whole time. Plus I doubt it will all be intense work, since he’ll take pics of us getting ready casually, then bridal party pics, then we’ll chill for 45 minutes before the ceremony, then during ceremony, etc. So I don’t imagine it’ll be insanely stressful all day. And I think after dinner/toasts, there are only so many pictures you can take of the group dancing before it’s enough, so I wouldn’t be heartbroken if he didn’t stay until 11. But for me it was a HUGE draw to know he would be there the entire time. So if you can’t do it, then certainly don’t, but know that some brides are looking for that when they book a photographer.
Post # 8
I wouldn’t want or expect a photographer to be with me for 10 hours. Honestly that seems kind of excessive, but I know there are brides who love all of the getting ready pictures and still want pictures of all the dancing at midnight.
Definitely wouldn’t have been a selling point for me. In fact it would have prompted questions of, “So if you don’t do unlimited how much for 6 hours….?” etc.
Post # 9
Thanks everyone for the in depth answers. I’m going to offer unlimited, but arrive up to three hours before the wedding starts or so (still working that part out, just not willing to be there at 8am unless there’s a really good reason) … or, a bride can opt for us to come at a later time… so anyone who doesn’t need 10 hours isn’t forced into it, but they won’t be checking the clock during the reception either. While I was initially apprehensive of 10+ hour days… I think it’s worth it in order to provide a good service and lift a weight off some brides shoulders of needing to figure out, then worry over, the time a photographer will be there for them. It makes the day more about the couple, imo.