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Thread started 17 Jun 2012 (Sunday) 17:06
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POLL: "how many hours does your engagement shoot last?"
30 minutes to an hour
1
2.3%
1 hour to 1 and a half hours
8
18.2%
1 hour to 2 hours
18
40.9%
2 hours to 2 and a half hours
13
29.5%
3 hours to 3.5 hours
3
6.8%
4 hours to 4.5 hours
0
0%
more than 5 hours!
1
2.3%

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How long are your engagement sessions?

 
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Jun 18, 2012 15:20 |  #16

2 hours typically. However I did have one session that lasted 8 hours and was 140 miles away.


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Jun 18, 2012 15:25 |  #17

We always SAY 1-2 hours but it almost always ends up being two. We try to plan it to start 2 hours before sunset and that way the sun setting is a nice cue that we're done.


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Jun 18, 2012 15:29 |  #18

Christopher Steven b wrote in post #14596857 (external link)
@squiLL: more than 1 shooting location ? including travel between ?

yeah, this makes a big difference. if we are just doing one location, no clothing changes, i'm done in an hour.

If it's a couple locations, with different outfits, it could double that in length of time.

generally too, if i'm shooting it with an assistant, things tend to go a bit faster too.


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Jun 18, 2012 15:29 |  #19

jcolman wrote in post #14596906 (external link)
2 hours typically. However I did have one session that lasted 8 hours and was 140 miles away.

wow, make some new friends, aye? :)


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Jun 18, 2012 21:13 |  #20

1-1.5 hours for me. I've never had a session with adults go longer than that. I work pretty fast. Newborns, on the other hand, take FOREVER hence why I don't like doing them.

I do have an engagement session coming up in a week or two where we will take a lot longer since it's a big themed shoot that will require a lot of "extras" that need to be coordinated.


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Jun 19, 2012 03:22 |  #21

tnis0612 wrote in post #14596928 (external link)
We always SAY 1-2 hours but it almost always ends up being two. We try to plan it to start 2 hours before sunset and that way the sun setting is a nice cue that we're done.

Yep - we do this too, both for the yummu light and the automatic "timer" in the sky - that is if the groom-to-be doesn't get hungry first (usually this)


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Jun 19, 2012 06:21 |  #22

bigarchi wrote in post #14596948 (external link)
wow, make some new friends, aye? :)

The couple bought a large package from me. Plus I have always wanted to shoot a session in the mountains.


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Jun 19, 2012 07:24 |  #23

I offer both: a one hour shoot and a two hour shoot. I almost never sell the two hour. For the one hour, I shoot until I'm comfortable that I have enough of what I'd want. Sometimes that's almost exactly an hour, sometimes 1.5 (especially if it's a sunny day and I need to work with some lighting).


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Jun 19, 2012 12:52 |  #24

It really depends. We advertise two hours, but of the three engagement shoots we've done, only one has been two hours. Our most recent one, which took place in downtown Chicago and which we'll post tonight, lasted almost four hours and included dinner and dessert.


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Jun 19, 2012 15:17 |  #25

Christopher Steven b wrote in post #14596857 (external link)
Thanks for the tips about changing on the scene, folks.

@squiLL: more than 1 shooting location ? including travel between ?

I only do E-Sessions in one location... So no travel in between for me.


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Jun 19, 2012 18:03 |  #26

I usually do multiple locations when they're somewhat near-by (basically same city)
but every now and then a couple will talk me into something bigger... its all for fun, and I really use this time to get to know the couple - so if we're in their environment, my job is easier!


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Jun 20, 2012 00:03 |  #27

This session (external link) took almost 4 hours and went through various parts of the city. Totally worth it.


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