How Much Wedding Photography You Need

You do a LOT of work to plan a wedding, so hiring the right photographer is SO incredibly important! Don’t settle. Find the one you click with and trust and are psyched to have photographing your wedding day! But, what can sometimes be difficult is figuring out how much photography coverage you need for your day.

Most photographers offer different collections based on set numbers of hours. For example, I offer three collections with 6, 8, and 10 hours of coverage. Typically when you hire your photographer and sign a contract you are choosing how many hours they’ll be there.

This can be challenging sometimes! However, when it comes to figuring out just how much wedding day coverage you need, there are TWO major things to keep in mind!

  1. Travel! Is everything happening in the same place? Or do you have to travel from a bridal prep area to the ceremony, and then leave for photos, and then go to a different place for the reception? If so, you’ll definitely want at least 8 hours depending how far apart everything is and traffic. Travel is included in those hours, they aren’t separate! If everything is happening all in one spot you can probably do with just 6 hours!
  2. What parts of the day are important to you to have photographed? Some brides don’t care to have the prep photographed, and for others it’s really important. Do you have any special events or exits happening at the reception that you want photographed? Do you want everything from prep to the formal events photographed? Having a clear idea in your head of what matters to you will greatly help narrow down the time you need! I encourage you to ask your photographer how many hours they think they’ll need to capture everything that’s important to you! But you need to know this ahead of time!

Well, that’s it! Pretty simple right? Personally, when I work with couples, these are the two pieces I take into consideration when discussing how much time they’ll need me for!

If you want to see more tips for brides, click HERE!

Linda is a Maine-based photographer specializing in weddings and creating family legacies. You can see more of her work online at, on Instagram, or on Facebook. If you want to reach out directly:

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