July 10, 2019
I get asked this a lot…and it’s a fair question! Lots of photographers will have varying viewpoints on this, but for me, I will always recommend at least 8 hours of photography coverage on your wedding day. With the exception of destination weddings, elopements, or small weddings with no bridal party, I specialize in photographing weddings of at least 8 hours, nothing less. Occasionally, I’ll receive inquiries that are only looking for a few hours of photography instead of a full day. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with this, and I believe it’s important to figure out exactly what you want/need for your wedding day, even if it’s different than the norm. If you’re considering hiring a photographer for only the ceremony, bride & groom portraits, and family portraits for example, think about all the memories that you will be living throughout the entire day and remember that most of it won’t even be professionally captured. This glorious day happens once in your life, and years down the road, I don’t want you to regret a single thing.
I already include 8 hours in my base wedding package because it’s something I want to be able to offer ALL my clients. I know for a fact that I am able to serve and love my clients sooooooooo much better when I can be a part of the majority of the wedding day. I can better tell their love story through their images when I have the time to do so. Creating the beautiful portraits that you will cherish take time in putting together, and when I have at least 8 hours, I can make magic happen!
8 hours of coverage is usually the perfect amount of time to capture the bridal details, ladies finishing up hair and makeup, bride getting into her dress, the first look, bride and groom portraits, bridal party portraits, family formals, ceremony, cocktail hour, and all of the main reception events. However, there are a few exceptions to this. I recommend adding an extra hour or two if…
+ …your ceremony is going to be 45-60 min long
+ …your getting ready, ceremony, and/or reception venues are not at the same location – driving from one location to the next can be time consuming!
+ …you have more than 300 guests to greet after the ceremony and serve dinner to at the reception
+ …you want to make sure your wedding day isn’t stressful because of a jam-packed timeline
+ …you just want your photographer to capture MORE of your special day! My husband and I had our photographer for 9.5-10 hours, and we don’t regret it one bit!
Click HERE if you want to read more about how to specifically use each of those 8-10 hours in your wedding timeline to get the most out of your photography!