So...how many hours of wedding photography should you have for your wedding? That's a good question! As a wedding photographer in the Tampa Bay area, I've been part of many weddings and if there is one thing that all weddings have in common is that NO WEDDING IS THE SAME! :) For that reason, we don't offer wedding photography packages to make couples fit their wedding plans to us...INSTEAD, we rather fit our services to our couples, so we offer our wedding photography via an interactive online quote where you pick the hours based on your wedding needs!
With that said, we wanted to share on this informational blog post a helpful summary of approximately how many hours of wedding photography you may need for your wedding. BUT before you keep reading, one thing I will say which applies to all weddings is....the more wedding photography hours you have, the more flexibility you'll have to get the photos YOU want! So, keep that in mind as you read though these times below:
Keila and Obniel contracted me to photograph their wedding celebration that took place at the stunning Crystal Ballroom Sunset Harbor in the city of Daytona Beach. Crystal Ballroom Sunset Harbor is a fantastic location that I always wanted to photograph, as it is probably one of the most stunning Crystal Ballrooms that I've visited. I am very blessed to work in such fantastic locations as a wedding photographer.
Should I hire a wedding planner? One of the biggest decisions you will need to make for your wedding is whether to hire or not to hire a wedding planner. As a wedding photographer and harpist for weddings in the Tampa Bay area, we have experienced many weddings with planners and without planners. From our perspective, we think you should! But why?! We asked our friend Lora Gardner, a certified wedding planner and owner of Perfect Day Productions based out of Lakeland, Florida to share with us the top five reasons why you should hire a wedding planner:
Covering Rachel and Leo's micro wedding was a real privilege as a wedding photographer. They picked a fantastic venue to get married in...their private home in Riverview, Florida. Being a wedding photographer in Tampa Bay offers great opportunities to work with lovely couples like Rachel and Leo!
Photographing JamieClaire and Michael's intimate wedding was one of the highlights of this past holiday season. They were married at a private home in Seninole Heights, a picturesque historic neighborhood in Tampa. It was a dream come true to photograph an elopement wedding at such a beautiful historic home.
Photographing Hannah and Spencer's big day was such a delight for us! They chose to get married at the historic Sunken Gardens in St. Petersburg, Florida. This was the first time I got the chance to visit Sunken Gardens as a wedding photographer, the grounds oozed with fresh inspiration for wedding photography - the perfect venue for a paradise garden wedding in St. Pete!
Kristen and I started the day photographing Hannah and Spencer at the Hyatt Place Downtown St. Pete. We got to photograph fantastic moments as the bridal parties interacted during preparations.
Lakeland Florida is probably one of our favorite small towns in the Tampa Bay Area. Not only did I spent most of my life living in Lakeland, but it's a town full of history, beauty, charm, and character. Although we no longer live in Lakeland, we still consider ourselves "lakelanders" :). Lakeland is the perfect town to get married at. There's tons of super cool wedding venues and a downtown that offers some of the best locations for engagement sessions. Here are our favorite top 5 best places to take engagement pictures in the Downtown Lakeland area:
Number 1 - The Loggia at Lake Mirror. This location is just SPECTACULAR and with the right lighting equipment you can have some EPIC images like the one below that we took for Carolina & Ryan.
Erin and Kris had a fantastic wedding recently. The wedding took place at The White Oak Cottage and at The Sparrow Barn in Lithia . I was excited to photograph another wedding at the The Sparrow Barn, when it comes to wedding ceremonies, they don't get much better than here. Being a wedding photographer in the Tampa Bay area is such an awesome job because I get to work with fantastic couples in amazing locations like this.
Jose & Kristen Hoyos, Tampa Bay Area Wedding Photographer and Harpist for Weddings