Photographer Schedule Part 1

Photographer Schedule Part 1

Let’s get one thing straight, clear and out in the open... There’s no typical work schedule for a wedding photographer. Now this does have its pros and cons, much like every job out there, but the main thing we’re going to be discussing today is the typical ‘photographer schedule’ and what you can expect if you’re planning on entering this industry of work.  

A Portrait / Wedding ‘Photographer Schedule’ - Some photographers never leave their studio, as that’s where they choose to hold photography shoots/ sessions, but the life and schedule of a wedding photographer per se is much changed to the world of a portrait photographer. Wedding photographers are expected to move where the clients move, the career of a wedding photographer is versatile and the person behind the camera needs to be both flexible with their hours and the locations in which their clients take them. You should expect to do some form of travelling when in this line of photography, as the photographer schedule will vary from one wedding photographer to another.

The Typical Wedding ‘Photographer Schedule’ (Six Hours) - Six hours of wedding day coverage should be plenty! Just because this is usually the least expensive package offered by photographers doesn’t necessarily mean it is only for couples with tight budgets! Six hours of coverage is plenty for small weddings and elopements. When weddings are intimate, there aren’t very many people to manage and photograph, so things tend to move quickly. That being said, 6 hours of coverage only works logistically if the ceremony and reception are in the same location.

So, what are the things that you need to consider? Well, six hours of coverage most likely means that there will not be much (or any) time for detail decor/design shots or photos of your clients getting ready. Don’t worry though, there will be plenty of time for you to capture coverage of all of the most important moments. The typical shots like; Bridal and Groom portraits, ceremony, family photographs, the Bride and Groom’s first dance and the cutting of the wedding cake are all shots that you will have time to capture if you plan out your photographer schedule well. If you’re a particularly organised person, you’ll have no problem getting this part down. The other thing to consider is a bit of a negative, but then again you can only shoot for as long as you’re being paid for, so, if the Bride and Groom want extra hours, they should choose a package with more hours before the actual day itself. The end of the night comes early with just 6 hours of coverage so, most likely there will not be many photos of the reception once dancing has begun.

The Typical Wedding ‘Photographer Schedule’ (Eight Hours) - An eight-hour package is usually enough time for an average-size wedding (100-150 guests), and the extra 2 hours of coverage will usually allow the photographer to capture the tail end of the Bride (and maybe the Groom) getting ready, some detailed shots of the reception space, and the start of the dance party will also be able to be shot on camera. Even though eight hours seems like a lot of time, this works out best for weddings where the ceremony and reception are at the same location. Since the additional two hours will give the photographer just enough time to take a few getting ready shots, detailed shots, and dancing shots, you don’t want to waste 30 or 40 minutes packing up gear and have to drive to a second location. In a client’s defence they won’t know the logic behind a lot of this stuff, which turns out to be pretty important when it comes to their day running smoothly. So, be sure to explain this to your clients.

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