Post # 1
Our photographer just posted our digital proofs in an online gallery and I feel that we really didn’t get that many. We paid for 6 hours of photography and received a little over 400 images back, roughly 1/3 being repeated shots, just in black and white or sepia. Our reception was photographed for about 2 hours and there were only 30 images from it, 10 of which are cake cutting and the rest are from the toasts. Is this a normal amount? I feel like big chunks of our day are missing, but maybe this is typical? What did everyone else get?
Post # 3
Mine told me for six hours she’d give back 350-700. I do think that’s a small amount for the reception though. I figured I’d get about 500-600 for our six hours. But I haven’t actually gone through it yet so I’m not positive but it sounds weird to me since you’re actually noticing things missing.
Post # 4
We had close to 7 hours and got 800 unique photos from two shooters. Most are from formals and the ceremony though. About 150 from the reception.
Post # 5
Considering 80-85 images an hour – i would say 450- 500 photos would be good enough for a 6 hour session excluding any repeats.
Post # 6
I like to think quality over quantity, but if you say big chunks are missing, that is an issue.
I personally would deliver as many had I had to in order to provide full coverage, but as few as I possibly can. 10 pictures of the same pose just makes the bride/groom’s life harder in selecting finals. A good photographer will cull the images down to the best ones and remove repeat images and images of unacceptable quality.
If your photographer didn’t renumber the images you may be able to see how many were skipped. If a lot were skipped it probably means he screwed up on a bunch and didn’t include them. If not many were skipped, then it just means he didn’t cover what was missing.
I would say 50-70 quality unique images per hour is acceptable as long as the whole day was covered.
Post # 7
We ended up with about 50 unique images per hour which seems to be on the low end but we are very happy with them. I felt like there were some detail shots missing but luckily a guest noticed all the small things my photographer missed such as favors and food!
Post # 8
We had about 1000 images for 10 hours of coverage with 2 photographers. Going by the numbers of the raw files, only about 10% were omitted and were probably repeat shots or missed exposures. When I hear of a photographer taking 4500 and culling down to 450, that is only 10% keeper rate….I don’t know, the term “trigger happy” comes to mind.