(Closed) Engagement Photographer – Is this normal?

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
1576 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

If he’s being literal – you don’t need the rights. You only need rights to the images if you want to sell them or use them in like advertising without his permission. You shouldn’t need rights to be able to print and display them for personal use whenever you want. He would also be giving up his right to use his own pictures (of you) to market his business.

Now – if he’s using “rights” to mean the right to print your own pictures, then that’s a crazy rip off.

Post # 4
36 posts

your “rights” to the photos are whatever your photographer defines as those rights – whether it’s for reprinting/personal use or a 100% turning over of all ownership of the photos. Their wording should specify what it is. You are supposed to have a release (of certain rights) in order to print for personal use. Some places are better than others at requesting a copy of it. With a clients files we include a PDF that states the personal reprinting release (of rights) that has been given – then a copy can be kept on hand when and if it’s asked for. Typically when a photographer says they’re giving you rights it’s the reprinting rights they’re talking about. Unfortunately there’s a lot of photographers that are either so new in business or clueless to know exactly what it is that they should do.


As for pricing – if it’s getting a set of finished files and a personal reprinting release for $995 then yes, that’s still at the top end even in a higher market. If you love your photographer though and you know you’re going to get what you want and/or need for that range then it’s fine. There’s usually a reason they can charge that then.

Post # 5
2552 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

We got our e-session included in our wedding day package for free but her usual price is $350 for the engagement and that inlcudes all printing rights & more (she does a half & half copyright so we both “own” the photos). So ya, that does seem expensive but at the same time our photog is probably mid-range around our area, not top notch price-wise but not “wanting experience” low (She’s been doing weddings for 7 years)


Post # 6
739 posts
Busy bee

We are just under that for an engagement session plus a disk of around 40 fully retouched images and in the Boston area. It’s not a “rip off” just because someone else is getting them cheaper. You can buy pants at walmart and you can buy them at Michael Kors. They are both pants but the quality is much different so is the name that comes with it.

If you have an amazing photographer who is in-demand you are going to pay a higher price. They usually have better gear and more overhead so they need to charge that much to create the images they do, sustain and grow their business and support their families.

I’ve seen people drop $300 at target for a bunch of crap they don’t need but gawk at spending $100 on photos. It’s all perspective and what is important to you.

Post # 7
613 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@PizzutiStudios:  Agreed!

I think honestly it depends on personal preference. Some would rather get portraits done at JCPenney’s or Wal-Mart because they feel that it’s not cost effective for just an engagement shoot. 

Just to get an idea. Our engagement session cost a total of $900 which included all pictures (they took 126) with editing/touch ups on dvd and a 20 page signature guestbook. Our photographer is in really high demand (and does such amazing work) so we were willing to splurge. 

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