Every wedding day is unique. They can range from short, family-only affairs through to full-day extravaganzas that last well into the wee hours of the morning. This is why many photographers offer wedding packages with different hours of coverage included. But how many hours of wedding photography do you need?
To give you an idea, with my wedding photography packages you can reasonably expect to fit the following in:
If both of you are getting ready and having your ceremony, wedding photos (bridal portraits) and reception all in the one place – it may be possible to add more photography within these timeframes. For example, it may be possible to take some groom getting ready photos within an 8 hour package if there is no travel required.
Ask your photographer about how many hours of wedding photography you need
Every photographer is different and will require varying amounts of time to take your images. This is largely dependent on the number of photographs to be taken, the style of photography and whether additional lighting setups are required.
For example, with all my clients I like to deliver a wide variety of beautiful images – not just a series of very similar-looking pictures. For this reason, I strongly recommend setting aside a minimum of 1.5 hours for bride getting ready photos (this also accommodates any delays in hair and makeup) and 2 hours for wedding photos (bridal portraits). But that’s just me…
To figure out how many hours of wedding photography you need, let your wedding photographer know in your initial consultation which aspects of your day you want photographed and where everything is happening, and they should be able to tell you on the spot.
Remember – the more time required to travel between venues, the less time available for photography.
Where to from here?
Send me through some information on where and when your bits and pieces are happening and what you would liked covered in your wedding photography. I’m more than happy to advise on the number of hours of photography you would require with me.