Post # 1
I have been married for over two years now but have remained in close contact with our wedding photographer as I still adore his work.
He recently opened an outdoor venue that he’s been working on and asked if I’d be willing to be a “model”in the photos he wanted to take to promote his new business. I had a blast playing dress up and was there for about 3 hours. I brought my own clothes and did my own hair and makeup.
He just sent me a link to the photos he took (after cutting out the unusable ones) and asked me to select the pictures I’d like him to edit for me. There are lots of great landscape photos for his business but he took porteait ones of me too because I agreed to “model”. There are 400 photos in the link he sent me and he said I could choose as many as I’d like and he will edit them.
My question to everyone, or to the photographer bees, is how many edited photos would be fair? I found 40 that I really like. Is that asking too much? In my opinion they don’t even need to be edited lol I am happy if he just sticks his watermark on there and calls it a day. I know he wants to make sure they are all up to his standard though so I’m not sure if I’m being greedy by asking for 40 pics.
If it helps at all, we paid $3700 for him, a second shooter, and an assistant to take our engagement pics and wedding photos. We received 300 edited engagement pics and 1000 edited wedding pics.
I just don’t want to be rude and ask for too many photos in exchange for my “modelling” help lol.
Thanks for any feedback!
Post # 3
@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
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
@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
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.
Post # 7
Thanks everyone for the feedback!
Mostly just wanted them for Facebook, and I’m perfectly happy using the unedited ones but I figured that very few photographers would want their unedited work online so I asked for around 40 so that I had the option of using them online in the future. I wouldn’t post his unedited, unwatermarked images online.
He definitely never sent me unedited engagement or weddings pictures. I think he just let me look at them now because there are ones he’s using for his promo pics and he offered free pics to me for helping him out so he let me see them to decide which ones I wanted so he didn’t waste time editing pics that neither of us wanted (not that they weren’t good).
Hes sent me about 10 that he edited so far and said he’d work on more over time which I’m happy with.