(Closed) How many pictures to you need?

posted 10 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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78 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

Do both packages provide for a CD of all the images?  I think that’s key to any wedding package.

I have a friend with way more than 400 and she still hasn’t gone through all her photos a year later. She got everything on a CD and was able to take the ones she has seen and use them however she wanted and get creative.

But, I have another friend that has about 400 and hates them all (bad photog). She only got proof prints and so many printed. So, when I said to her that we could Photoshop some and make them nicer, she didn’t have that ability.

I think if you like P1 better, then use P1.  400 is just a guide and I think it’s better to have 400 you love than 800 you like. If you feel more comfortable working with P1, then use P1.  You don’t need extra stress when the P2 doesn’t return calls, etc.

Post # 4
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184 posts
Blushing bee

does this mean you get 400 proofs back?  or that the photographer 1 is only taking 400 pictures.  my photographer contract says he takes unlimited pictures, and i wouldn’t accept anything less (digital camera photographer though)

Post # 5
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134 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2008

Quick question, when they say 400 images, they mean they will provide you with the 400 best images, not they will only take 400 images?

I’ve heard of some photographers putting a limit on the amount of photos they will take. I personally think that is absurd.  A fantastic moment could happen that would have been number 401, would they just walk away?

An extra photographer is a bonus, too.  Could P1 make arrangements for one?  If so, I’d go with her.  If not, the extra photographer, the longer hours would make me go for P2.

Just my opinion!  Hope you find a way to make a decision!

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2008

Just thought of this: have you asked for references from previous brides?  Because maybe #2 is more communicative than you think or maybe the quality of the photos is so great, it won’t ultimately matter!

Post # 8
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193 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

like haselwand said, trying asking photog #1 if s/he could get a 2nd shooter for an add’l fee. i would go with who i like more (communication or photography style) than someone who takes more pictures. quality over quantity.  

Post # 9
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Helper bee

A second shooter is a great thing to have– that way you can have someone taking photos of the event, and someone taking photos of people’s reactions to that event. Or just get different angles.

As for number of photos, I don’t know what your photographers do, but my photographer was by himself and took 8 hours worth of shots, and came back with about 300 processed shots and 2000 MORE unprocessed ones. I had almost 2500 pictures to choose from, so 400 just sounds really low to me if it’s talking about every picture they’re going to take.

Granted, the 2300 included multiple shots of almost every picture, so he could choose the best of the 3-4 pictures from the same angle, but that’s a good option to have. Especially if I thought the best wasn’t the one he picked to process.

Good luck!

Post # 10
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Newbee

If the only difference is 400 pics versus 800 pics, I would go with the photo #1 since that’s the one you seem to get on with personality wise. 

We got 400 digital pics from our photographer and that was more than enough.  If you are doing an album, you’ll only be putting say 100 pics in the album (depending on the size of the album) and we only had a handful official wedding photos enlarged and framed in the house. 

Some of my friends went with other photographers and ended up with 1800/2000 pics – it was so overwelming for them that they haven’t even selected pics for the album yet.  Looking through the 1800 pics, alot of them are of the same shots (ie. 5 of the exact same shot) so it seemed like their photographer essentially gave them every single snap that was taken rather than actually spending time in post-development and selecting the best shots. 

 

Post # 11
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260 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2008

I think it depends on how many people you’re having. If you’re having say a 100 person wedding I think you only need 1 photographer.   opposed to if you’re having say a 200 person wedding you might want 2 photographers, just to get photos of everyone.   Also if you want coverage of both the bride and groom before the wedding, it’s better to have 2, unless you guys are getting ready right next store to each other. 

Definitely see a full wedding shot by #1 and see if she is giving quality over quantity.   And definitely consider which one’s photos you like better.  ie check for lighting.  Constant shiny faces are usually an indicator of poor lighting/bad use of flashes.  In the end I wuld pick better photos over communication, unless the communication is really that bad.

Post # 12
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Helper bee

Its the quality, not the number that is important.  If you like the style and quality better fot he first that may be the most important thing.  That being said, a second photog is a HUGE asset.  Think of it this way.  Photog 1 gets a picture of you coming throught the doors of the church and Photog 2 gets a picture of Hubbie’s face as he sees you for the first time.  They can also split up and get your Dad’s expression during your first dance and pictures of you, also your guests laughing as you cur the cake or any number of other items.  There tends to be less pictures of your guests if you have one photog instead of 2.

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