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How much time do I need my photographer?

 

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The time has come to hire your wedding photographer.  Most photographers have packages with set hours, so now comes the question, how much time will I need a wedding photographer on my wedding day?

Pre-Ceremony coverage – This is where as a photographer I get some of my favorite images.  Because we offer two photographers in all packages we have one photographer with the bride and one with the groom.  I suggest having the photographer begin before the bride gets into her dress.  It is a great time to capture the brides details, jewelry, final touches on makeup etc.  It is also a good time to get some portraits of the bridesmaids.  It has become very popular for the girls to wear matching robes/outfits and this can often make a great photo opp.   Typically this is an hour – 2 hours prior to the ceremony.

Ceremony - This is simple.  How long is your ceremony?  You want your photographer there for that.

Portraits – Formal family portraits typically take place directly following the ceremony.  If it is a church wedding we take them all then, before family wanders off.  This generally is 15-20 minutes.  It can go longer if you have large families or would like more complicated combinations of the portraits.  Bridal party portraits are done next then last we take care of the bride and grooms portraits.  If there is a location different then the reception venue for portraits definitely add time.  Just getting in whatever form of transportation you plan on using can be a process and is not always figured into the timeline.

Reception – Most of the time we do not stay until the very end of the reception.  It generally just isnt needed. However there are exceptions, if you are planning a fun exit (sparklers family send off etc).  Once formailites are complete (cake cutting, toasts, dances) you probably will not need your photographer anymore.   Fun dance shots are nice to have, but you do not need to have a ton of those.

Our packages range from 5-10 hours.  5 hours work great when the ceremony and reception is all in one location.  8 hours works when there is multiple locations and more travel time.  10 hours is for the couple who wants every moment captured and may have significant travel times.  Carden’s Photography Collections

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