I am often asked this question by many brides, and it’s a great question to ask. If you’re new to your search for a wedding photographer, you might be surprised to find out that most wedding photographers don’t offer “full day” coverage. Most wedding photographers will usually offer a 6-8 hour range of coverage for your day, and if you desire more coverage, you’re forced to shell out an hourly rate (usually $75-100 an hour).
So, how long do I (and all Making the Moment photographers) work on your wedding day? All day. yup – no coverage limits, we’re with you through your entire wedding day!
The reason we offer this, is for a few reasons. Care if I elaborate? I thought not.
- First of all, I’m a huge fan of people knowing what the cost of our packages are, up front. I hate extra costs, and add-on junk. The wedding world is notorious for this… pricing is never as it seems. In some ways, I find this practice of pricing to lack integrity… and so I never want Making the Moment to do that. I always want our packages to have everything you’ll need up front, that way a bride never gets an inflated bill at the end.
- Secondly, and maybe most importantly – less coverage does not equate to better photography for the bride and groom. Think of it this way – my job as a wedding photographer is to candidly and artistically tell the story of a couple’s big day. It is impossible to tell the tale if you missed out on one of the chapters. (Thanks to Jeff for this line of thinking!)
- Finally, I love my job. I truly enjoy wedding photography, and any day I get to shoot and work with a couple is a real blessing. I love working with people, and so why would I want to limit how much I get to embrace my passion? In all reality, I’m often struck by professionals who feel that their time is more valuable than a couple getting the most for their investment. I love it when a bride asks me to be with her in the morning while she’s at the hair parlor with her bridesmaids – and I love just as much to be at the reception well into the night, snapping fun party shots!