How long does it take for engagement or wedding picture to be ready to view?

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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631 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@hillsab03:  Turnaround time is different for every photographer. Some are full time and very busy, others are full time but not very busy so they can get them done in no time. Others have unrelated full time jobs and only do photo part time … It varies greatly. Editing also varies – some just do basic edits and others do more involved work on them before showing them.

 

Regardless, your photographer’s behavior is unprofessional and I would consider dumping her if she can’t get an answer for you. Can I ask though..why are you texting back and forth with your photographer?? Seems a little weird and unprofessional as well.

Post # 6
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2675 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

It does vary based on the photographer. Ours was clearly stated in our contract. The engagement photos would be ready in one week. She actually had our online gallery ready in less than one week and we got our flash drive with all the files at one week. Our wedding photos are supposed to be back to us in one month. Based on our experience so far I’m not worried.

Our photographer and I always communicated through e-mail and she would respond by the end of the day or next day at the latest. I know she works another full time job, has a small child, etc. So I didn’t always expect her to respond immediately but always in a day or two.

Post # 9
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89 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

My photographer told me a month… Our wedding is in February, and we have yet to take engagements because I’ve been dropping weight like crazy. LOL! Selfish, I know 😉 We’re scheduled to take them at the beginning of October, which is prime wedding season, so I don’t expect to see them within that month time period. My photographer is extremely sought after, so I know he’ll be slammed.

Post # 10
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1243 posts
Bumble bee

My photographer had one posted on her FB page 2 days later, and the gallery ready for us to view 5 days after she took them. She is also in the process of moving offices, and very busy with other clients, so I would not be impressed if I was in your shoes.

Post # 11
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631 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@SeaSalt:  To be fair, based on the photos you posted of your e-shoot, your photographer did very very little editing on them and you received 40 proofs. There’s no telling how long OP’s shoot was, what level of editing is done on them, or how many will be in the final gallery. All of those things affect delivery time.

Post # 12
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1243 posts
Bumble bee

@mariematt:  True and fair enough. That said, I’ve modeled in print advertising (no doubt very heavily edited, and photoshoots that lasted well longer than the standard 90-120 minutes for an engagement shoot) that went to PRINT before the OP has got her e-pics.

She asked a question, I answered it.  But I do think 3 months is a helluva long time to wait for proofs.  I can’t imagine how long she might wait for her wedding picture (given how many more images there will be).

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

3 months is a long time to wait for engagement pictures. Even if she is really busy, it occurs to me that she must have a helluva backlog which doesn’t bode well for your wedding pictures. A decent photographer gives realistic deadlines and then meets them. Even if you are working at silly hours to achieve this! However, it is much better to get a written deadline since relying on people’s word often results in misplaced expectations. I would not be confident in hiring any photographer who used words like “they’ll be ready way before then” when what I wanted was a firm deadline. Sure, things may sometimes not go to plan but again, a professional photographer immediately contacts the client if this is the case.

You need to keep chasing by phone and email and also ask if you can have your images on disk so that you can arrange for the relevant printing. When you have your pictures (and not before!) you can reconsider using her for your wedding but the important thing is to get the pictures right now. 

Post # 15
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631 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@hillsab03:  Have you hired this photographer for your wedding as well? What sort of deposit have you put down at this point? 

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