For a standard session I usually block out up to two hours just to be on the safe side as there are so many factors that will determine how long your session will last. Some sessions may be wrapped up in well under an hour when all the stars align and all odds are in our favor but let’s be real….that doesn’t happen often.
I work with a lot of families involving small children, animals, newborns, impatient dads and stressed out mommies and all of these beautiful beings can sometimes require a little extra patience, love and time and I make sure I have plenty of each for everyone.
Weather can also play a factor as we wait out a tiny rain cloud or make a slight location change due to a larger rain cloud.
Senior and graduate sessions sometimes take longer due to wardrobe, prop, and setting changes.
Any use of extra equipment such as lighting, umbrellas, larger props, etc will require a bit of set up time as well.
Newborns sessions will almost always be scheduled for larger time blocks as newborn photography requires a great deal of patience, slow and gentle set changes, rocking and snuggling, feedings and diaper changes and a lot of extra TLC.
As long as the client, as well as all the surrounding elements allow, I will continue to shoot until I feel that I have adequately captured what is desired.