Post # 1
weddingbee readers i am hoping you can help me out. my fiance and i recently had an engagement photo session with our photographer. she took photos for roughly an hour and said she’d gotten a lot of shots (200+). when we went to view the photos online, there were less than 40 posted and a few were the b&w version of the color shots. a couple of them were nice but we were definitely left wanting more. has this happened to anyone else? what did you do?
Post # 3
Are all the photos online or only the ones she styled? I doubt she meant that there were 200+ good photos. I can tell you our photog took about 350+ during our engagement session, styled about 40 something. I loved them and when I saw the other ones I saw why he didn’t style them.
I guess the real question is, are you unhappy with the quality of the photos? I feel like that is probably the real issue. In that case, you have to decide if you want to try to find another photog and try to get our of the contract.
Post # 4
A good rule of thumb photographers use is "1 good shot (useable) for every 10 taken" so for 200 + that would be 20 or more "great shots"
I am concerened that the session was only an hour, it seems very short to me for a session like that. Mine was at least 2 and half.
I’d def. confront her about this because the last think you want is this happening on your wedding day.
Post # 5
I agree with Sweeney. My photog is contracted for two hours.
If you have arranged with her to get all of the shots on CD, ask to view them. You mentioned there weren’t a lot of B&Ws. Are there specific photos you would have liked to see as B&W or sepia? If so, tell her that. I am sure she can handle that request. A general comment like, there aren’t enough B&Ws won’t help her much. She probably wants to show you her best work, so she only spends time editing her primo shots, which probably took her hours.
Back to my advice, ask to see all of the shots and pick out specific ones that you would like her work on. That’s what I would do, at least.
Post # 6
Also, if you see all the shots, maybe you can then discuss with her what you feel is lacking. Maybe specific poses or locations just didn’t come out to the photog’s satisfaction, and if those are the ones you want you can have them reshot.
We have had a lot of portraits taken in the past three years (kids senior pics, family portraits, sister’s new baby, etc) and I will second everybody’s statement that most professional photographers will show you only 20% of what they shoot – the photos they think came out best. Our photographer shows those unretouched, and retouches only the ones you select. We always to to the studio to view the photos (he projects them on a screen) and so we can talk to him about each shot, or ask what happened to specific shots. I would expect a personal showing of the proofs to be part of any package – if your photographer just wants you to look at them online I would call and try to arrange a personal showing.
Post # 7
When she said she got 200 shots, that doesn’t mean she got 200 good shots – 40 useable pics is pretty good.
My e-session was also about an hour – that’s not an issue unless she led you to believe it was more.
What do you feel is missing? B&W/Sepia conversions are easy, so I’m sure that won’t be a problem if you want more of those…
Post # 8
thanks for your helpful suggestions! we ended up going over the shots we did like (which were pretty different from our photographer’s favorites). good thing we got this sorted out beforehand! we’re set to have another short engagement session and i think now she’s got a better idea of what we’re looking for. so phew, and thanks again for the great feedback.
Post # 9
Glad it worked out! And now that your photographer knows what you like, hopefully she can do a good job for you. Let us know how it goes!
Post # 10
I’m glad you got it figured out. I am a photographer’s assistant (working my way up) and we tend to narrow down pictures so that the client doesn’t have to sort through so many. It’s really difficult to pick between several shots that are similar, so we try to pick the best ones and edit and proof those. It’s always good to communicate beforehand how long you’d like the shoot to be and/or how many pictures you want to see afterwards. My engagement shoot was a little over 2 hours which is probably necessary if you want a wide variety of shots.