“How much wedding photography coverage do I need?” is one of my most commonly asked questions by my couples or potential clients. I wish there was a perfect formula to help you decide how much coverage you’ll need. But don’t worry, I have 10 years experience in the wedding photography industry and I can definitely help! While everyone’s day is different and unique there are some parameters that I came up with that are pretty universal to helping you figure out your wedding photography coverage needs!
Do you want getting ready photos?
This is important because it determines when and where your photographer should show up. You don’t need your photographer to show up so early that no one is “photo ready” but you also don’t want to miss some of the fun morning-of moments.
Are you doing a first look?
The first look is very pivotal in identifying your wedding photography coverage. If you choose a first look (which I highly recommend), you’ll have more time for photos throughout the day. If you wait until the ceremony, ALL photos that have you and your spouse in them has to be done post-ceremony. That includes family, wedding party, and couples’ photos. This usually take 2+ hours and no one wants to keep their guests waiting that long.
Do you want photos at multiple locations?
Drive time is included in your coverage time. Meaning, if my coverage starts at 12pm and ends at 8pm, it doesn’t matter if I’m shooting, or driving, the clock doesn’t stop. If you want to get the most out of your contracted time, I discourage my clients from having many locations.
Are you planning events at the reception you want photographed?
Coordinate with your DJ what events or games you’d like at your reception. All of these things take time and if you want photos of them, make sure your DJ and your photographer are aware.
Do you want your photographer there for a send off?
Sometimes my couples will do a fake send off so I can capture the moment without being there for 12 hours. However, if you want the real thing, please understand this will increase the amount of wedding photography coverage you’ll need.
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Aug 26, 2021