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ALL TOPICS | Photo Questions

Q: How late does the photographer need to stay?

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Open dance floor photos can get repetitive, let’s be honest, sloppy. My name is Kelsey. I am the owner and lead photographer of Capture by Kelsey, based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. As far as how late you want your photographer to stay into the night, unless you are doing some sort of grand exit like you have a vintage car showing up to take you away at the end of the night or if you are going to a different venue for some sort of after party that you’re really excited about that you want your photographer to go to, I would say that honestly, you only need your photographer to stay until half an hour into open dance floor. After that, you’re going to get pictures of the same people doing the same things and getting more and more inebriated. The one other caveat I will put to that is sunset. If sunset photos are really important to you and you are having a summer wedding where the sun sets late and you’re actually going to be kind of sneaking away from your dance floor to go do some sunset photos, then then have your photographer stay for sunset and then send them off.

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    Robin Sloan, The Uncorked ProjectVerifiedRobin Sloan, The Uncorked Project

    I have been asked this so many times... does the wedding industry inflate prices when they hear it's a wedding?

    Here is my honest answer (as a former wedding photographer)... NO. Did I charge more for a wedding than a 50th birthday party or a family portrait session? Yes, absolutely. I charged A LOT more for a wedding.

    Was I taking advantage of the emotional sell? Absolutely not.

    The main reasons I charged more for a wedding were: the unseen amount of work involved in the 12+ months leading up to the wedding, the skill level needed on the day, the INTENSE pressure to create perfect "portfolio level work" no matter what the reality of the situation- but mostly it is to compensate for the time AFTER the wedding in post production.

    Little known fact about wedding photography - the real job is sitting at a computer editing photos. Photographers spend many hours behind the computer carefully selecting and editing photos. They make adjustments, crop, and adjust colors to ensure each image it's best. Don't forget the time it takes for batching, renaming, importing, exporting and uploading the photos and preparing them for delivery.

    Do you think this justifies why photographers charge more for weddings than for other types of shoots?

    AvatarCody Pettengill

    Couldn’t agree more! And on the videography side its an absolute ton of data + editing discipline.

    Its a double sided coin- weddings are extremely high pressure but also high reward when we nail it.

    Our products (photo video) in particular are the only thing that genuinely will last forever . Having fun and ALSO nailing the product is worth the price of entry and frankly more.

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