Engagement season is coming and I hope you find this a little helpful for your planning.
I might get a little bit of heat from this post, so let me preface this by saying that every couple's needs are different and there is nothing wrong with a big wedding, a small wedding, a large budget, a small budget, or anything in between. I love shooting all day weddings and being a part of their day, but lately I have had the opportunity to shoot small ceremonies with only a couple hours of coverage and they have turned out to be amazing!
For some couples, it has been about fitting quality photography into their modest budget and for others, it's just been that the photos that are important to them happen to fit within a short time period. Either way, I have loved to be there to document it and love that no matter the budget, the couples were able to have quality photos from their big day that will last them a lifetime.
I recently saw a post about how many brides did NOT enjoy their wedding day and was overwhelmed with how many commented about how they hate their wedding photos. They were frustrated that what they had to look back on that day was a constant source of disappointment. I can tell you that no photographer ever wants their bride to feel that way and we do everything we can to make sure that doesn't happen. There is SO much pressure on a couple for that big day, so I think it can be hard not be disappointed in some aspect of the day. Hopefully your photos can be something to look back on and remember what you loved about your wedding.
As professionals, we go into every wedding as prepared as we can for any and every unforeseen complication. Undoubtedly, there will be something that comes up. It could be something out of your control like that the ceremony location is in direct sunlight. Or, maybe you have a gear failure. I've had both situations, but thankfully did the best I could with the lighting and in the other case, had my back up camera on hand so I could move seamlessly through our portraits and troubleshoot when there was down time.
If you are planning a wedding and value your wedding portraits, before assuming you cannot afford a professional- reach out and ask about hourly coverage. Let Unce Bob be a guest (and tell him to leave his camera at home- we got this.)
Things to know when considering hourly photography coverage vs. all day:
Hourly coverage can be slightly more per hour, but is less over all. The turn around time on photos can be significantly shorter. You may have to plan some of your day around the photos, but that's probably not that different from full day coverage. Obviously, there are parts of your day that you will not have photos from, but for some recent small ceremonies you may get fairly close. Recently, I provided only 2 hours of coverage and I was able to do their bridal portraits, family portraits with many combinations, some guest photos, the ceremony, as well as details.
I hope that helps you as you plan your wedding! Have questions or have something I left out? Leave it below or shoot me a message :)