How many photos should I ask for? Advice from photographer bees, please!

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Is it ok to ask for 40 out of 400 pictures?
    Yes, he said you could have as many as you like. : (8 votes)
    67 %
    No, you are bring greedy. You can ask for...(explain below) : (4 votes)
    33 %
  • Post # 3
    3833 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    @pinklemonade12:   How much editing does he plan to do on the photos you are getting?  If he is planning to do a full-court press on each image,  40 might be a lot for him, but if he is planning to do fairly basic work on them, I don’t think 40 is too many.  You could ask him, too, what ballpark he was thinking…  I don’t know how much time he was planning to put into it.  Hope that helps….

    Post # 4
    1315 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2006

    As a photographer I never show clients unfinished work. However if I shoot 400 images, 40 is about the number I’d narrow it down to for final edits, so I think that’s a good figure. Since it seems like he’s left it pretty open ended I would expect that would be fine.

    Post # 5
    1491 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @pinklemonade12:  It will just really depend on how much he values his time. For a lifestyle shoot in general I never edit more than 15 – 20 photos (as that’s how many I’d blog online), but every photographer is different. As long as you show that you’re appreciative of his work and like it, plus the fact that he already likes you and asked you to model, you’ll probably get a lot back.

    Post # 6
    3217 posts
    Sugar bee

    I would only ask for as many as you plan to actually use.

    What are you going to do with 40 just portraits of you?  Personally, I would only ask for 1 or 2 to be edited, and then just put the other 38 on facebook or something like that as is.

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