Post # 1
I’m sure this has been asked before (in fact), the standard answer seems to be about 8 weeks, but I was wondering if I am just being too antsy. . .
We were married on December 11. Our photographers were upfront with the fact that it could take a little while to get things back due to the holidays and things (he’s a youth minister and she’s a NICU nurse, so we can understand them being busy!). They sent us the “first round” of pictures at the end of January–removed the blinking, ugly-faced shots, but otherwise straight from the camera. We chose the photos we wanted to fill up our package (about 350) near the beginning of February. There didn’t seem to be major correction that needed to happen–mainly just adjusting color levels and things. How long should we wait before emailing to at least see about a timeline? My rational mind says give them a full month. My left-over bride-brain says now. I want to see them now. now. now. Fortunately, I’ve silenced bride-brain for the most part.
Does that month seem reasonable? Am I being too antsy and just need to chill? Will asking you how long yours took to get back make me insanely jealous?
Would it be way out of line to ask them to send one or two that we could have printed while we wait for the rest? I’ve got a chunk of empty wall just waiting for a framed picture. 😉
Post # 3
We were married Feb 4th and got the photos back about a week/ten days ago. (About 500 pics) I’d say it’s fine to ask them for an estimate on how long it will take; pics are important, it’s hard to wait 😛
Post # 4
We were married December 31, and we got ours back this morning.
Post # 5
There is no standard. Every photographer is different. The turnaround time should be what it is stated in the contract, and if it is not stated there, then you just left it at the photographer’s discretion. He could take a year if he felt like it and still would not be breaking any laws.
And for professional wedding photographers, the holidays is actually a slow season. Summer is their busy season, but from what you wrote, it seems that your photographers are part timers, so this may not apply to them.
Post # 6
Thanks, ladies. I was just feeling particularly antsy after seeing some of my friends; gorgeous pictures. I’m resolved to wait (mostly) patiently, but couldn’t help but rant a little here 🙂
Post # 7
@jldown2: I think it’s fair at this point to just send a polite email asking when they’ll be ready. Just be polite and curious instead of demanding, haha.
Post # 8
Yea, you should just ask them how much longer it’s gonna take. I understand they’re busy, but you should at least have a time frame. My contract is three months after the wedding. But I’ll probably get them back in two months or earlier. She edits all the photos and will probably have more than 2,000 to give me on a DVD. 🙂
Post # 9
Ours said 6 to 8 weeks, and since we got married in November it was right at 8 weeks (because of the holidays, photog was obviously busy with family like the rest of us).
Post # 10
Every wedding photographer is different and has their own turnaround time, but I believe that you are well within your rights to follow up with them and ask for a time frame…
Just for a reference point, I tell my clients (and include it in my contract) that it will take me no more then 2-3 weeks for me to have their photos picture perfect (completely edited) and on-line for their selections… I know other photographers that give a time frame of 4-6 weeks, but anything further out is just…. hard to imagine.
Best of luck to you!!
Post # 11
@Tara Goodell: It’s great that your turnaround is that fast, but I wouldn’t say that longer than 6 weeks is hard to imagine. Every photographer IS different, has a different workload, spends a different amount of time on each image, gives a different number of images . . . I think the average for full timers is probably 8+ weeks.
I noticed from your site that you give around 250 images for unlimited, all day coverage, which I think most would consider really low for 8+ hours. Many pro photographers who shoot that long are giving 500-1000 images. That takes a lot of time, especially if they are working on more than one thing at a time.
Post # 12
@BeeM: Thank you so much for checking out my site! I actually give in between 900-1200 images for my full day package (fully edited)…BUT the amount of printed images included in that price package is 250 images in an album. : ) I can see how that could have been misinterpreted that way! I will have to change that verbiage on my site. Thanks for the heads up!
And I only meant to give my personal….as well as my professional opinion to the original poster jldown2, as she asked for? : ) and I did write exactly what you repeated, in that every photographer is very different. Having said that though… it was my opnion that she…nor anyone, should have to wait longer then 3 months for their wedding images. But again… that is just my opinion. : )