Planning Tip Tuesday: Why you Need 8 Hours of Photography

We have interviewed some of our trusted photographers to give our couples an answer to a frequently asked question, "Why is it important to have at least 8 hours of photography?" Funny moments with your bridesmaids and groomsmen, peaking outside as guests are starting to arrive, your dress hanging, getting dressed; each and every moment is important to capture! See below for some great responses!

Aaron + Jillian: It's ONE day, and sadly, as much as we'd all love to relive our wedding days, it just can't be re-done, which is why we believe that having as many hours of photography coverage as you can, will be sooo worth every penny you invest into it! if at the end of the day, you want to have photos of your shoes, your invitations, your jewelry, your bouquet, your dress hanging (all the details you poured over for months), you and your bridesmaids hanging out in the bridal suite and your reaction to opening your gift or card from your fiancé, all the way to the moment you run through a tunnel of sparklers and jump into that vintage rolls royce, you're going to need at least 8 hours! Your wedding photos should be able to tell the story of your day, from beginning to end!!

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Dana Cubbage: "In my experience as a wedding photographer, you need at least 8 hours of wedding photography to ensure a relaxed, stress-free + laid back wedding day.  Anything less than 8 hours doesn't give your photographer enough time to tell the entire story of your wedding day without feeling rushed.  I personally prefer to start shooting 90 minutes before the bride puts on her gown, so that I have time to warm up for the day by photographing all of her beautiful bridal details, like the gown, shoes, jewelry, bouquets, invitations, etc.   Most of my clients opt to do a First Look, which is beneficial on so many levels – but it really extends the length of the wedding day as well, so my clients usually need more like 9-10 hours of wedding day coverage if they want me there from start to finish. At the end of the day, you've spent so much time planning this picture perfect day and when it's all said and done, the photos will be the one lasting reminder of everything you saw + felt on that day.  For that reason, I believe it is important to have someone there who will document it all from start to finish – and in my experience, clients need at least 8 hours of photography coverage to accomplish that." View More: © Dana Cubbage Weddings 2014 © Dana Cubbage Weddings 2014 © Dana Cubbage Weddings 2014

Amelia + Dan: "Your wedding day is one of the most important stories of your life, and you want to be able to relive your story for years to come.  Powerful photographs have the ability to take you back to those brief moments in time; giving you the opportunity to laugh, cry and smile over and over again.  Every wedding timeline is unique, but the longer we are there documenting the day the more memories you will have preserved to experience all over again."
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 Hyer Images:  "When deciding the amount of hours needed for wedding photography, we are always looking for the sweet spot for amount of time.  We want to ensure there is enough time to capture the day and to allow it to logistically flow smoothly.  If there is not enough time allotted for a photographer the wedding day may easily seem rushed, stressed, or possibly not even enough time to tell the story of the day.  It takes time to capture images, and a bride and groom want to be relaxed and enjoy the day, so make sure there is enough time for this to happen.  We find the typical sweet spot for arrival is 2hrs prior to ceremony time, and if a first look is happening more time may be needed.  The two hours prior to the ceremony allows a professional photographer to capture getting ready, details and the grounds before it is over crowed with guests.  Every wedding is not the same, but most are logistically planned out the same and we find that 8hrs of coverage is the typical sweet spot for allowing enough time, but yet stays away from unneeded time."
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