I am passionate about photographing influential people and people in love. Above all, I value instilling confidence in my clients and creating images that are as full of energy as the event itself.
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It’s a common question I get from couples, organizations, and individuals looking for a photographer for their private event.
The easy answer: during all of it.
From top to bottom, everything within an event is worthy of a photograph. Having a photographer through the entire event gives a complete overview. Take for example, the movie Home Alone. Saying, he got lost at the airport, had a hard time getting home, made it home….is not as exciting as showing you what happens through and in between each of those story lines. So full photography coverage tells the complete story.
While you may want your 10-hour wedding, or 10-hour conference photographed, you may not want a photographer during all of the hours. Or perhaps you’re on a tight budget and don’t need as many hours.
So, the second answer: during the important parts.
What is “important” changes per person/organization, but the overall tone is, what pictures will you want after the event is over? What do you want to remember the most?
For weddings, think about the images that will be printed and displayed. Example: newlywed portraits, family portraits, ceremony.
For corporate events, I recommend the images that will be sent to donors, guests, and used for marketing materials. Example: awardee receiving award, posed and candid images with VIPs, wide image of the ballroom/reception area.
Here are other parts of events we’ve heard clients find necessary to have photographed:
Hope this helps you determine how many hours of photography you or your organization needs! Feel free to reach out if you have any questions about your event.
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Ana Isabel is a portrait and event photographer in Washington, D.C. and San Antonio, TX.