(Closed) Is this a good deal?

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Are these prices a good deal?
    Yes : (6 votes)
    22 %
    No : (17 votes)
    63 %
    Other : (2 votes)
    7 %
    Yes - If you go with $275 package : (1 votes)
    4 %
    Yes - If you go with $400 package : (1 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 3
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: September 2017

    I would suggest trying to find a photographer who will let you have all the images with the printing rights. If you have to buy each additional image at $20 that really adds up…

    Post # 5
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    1314 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2006

    Well to put it into perspective for you we’re based in San Diego and we charge $500 for an a la carte engagement session.  We guarantee 40 fully edited/retouched photos with a print release on a disc.  Travel would be extra.  I’ve never met a professional photographer that releases unedited images to a client, so they are definitely not unusual in that sense.

    Post # 6
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    790 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    I charge the same/offer about the same as Continuum and Im in upstate NY. So IMO you are getting a fair price from either.

    Post # 7
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    1405 posts
    Bumble bee

    @Excited To Bee:   I think you are overthinking this and not looking at the whole picture.

     

    Photographer A may take 100 pictures, and offer you 20, 30, or 40 images in a gallery or on CD, fully edited.  You are never getting ALL the pictures, and the ones chosen to include are done so by the photographer.

    Photographer B (like the ones you mentioned) sounds like they show you all the pictures in a proofing gallery and from there, you select your favorites.  They edit them and supply you the 20,30,etc final edited images.  The difference is that you selected these from the the batch instead of your photographer selecting them.

    This isn’t a bad thing, just a different workflow.

    Post # 8
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    1361 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Do you get to choose which 20 or 30 you get?  Honestly, 20 or 30 is probably enough if they’re ones you like, but if she gets to choose which one she gives you, that doesn’t sound like a good deal to me.

    Post # 9
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    790 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    Remember quality over quantity applies too. 🙂 Usually only 10-20 images are solid anyways.. More like 10 are solid in my professional opinion. Others are not bad at all but Im all about solid money shots for my clients not fill in fluff to have a higher number image count.. Its not about how many, its the quality. Go for the photographers work you love!

    I personally only need a handful of good pictures of the FH and I. I just dont know what Id do with 50 photos of the two of us besides but them in a book that collects dust. lol

    Im betting most couples only really like a handful and the rest are just ok..

    Post # 10
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    128 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    Things must be different from where you guys are getting married. Our engagement pictures are included in our package for the wedding.

    We are paying $1000 for our photographer. That includes the day of the wedding as well as our engagement pictures. She comes as I am getting ready for the wedding and will stay throughout the reception. She will stay for the cake cutting, toasts, first dances and what not. Then she stays about an hour into the dancing. We also get all prints from our engagement session as well as our wedding. We don’t have to pick and choose whiche one’s we want. 

    Post # 11
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    2425 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I can’t imagine only getting 20-30 edited photos! I got 1300 edited photos with my wedding, and LOVE probably a hundred of them at least, so that would add up too fast for me.

    Post # 12
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I would request to get the unedited digital negatives, if you can.  That way you can still go to CVS or Walmart to print ones you like, but you can get the nice professionally edited ones as well. 

    FWIW, we got the digital negatives with 450+ files (b&w, bright color, and softer color versions of each photo) with 2 hours of photography, and it was $200 (in the DC area).  But it may have been less because the photographer was also our wedding photographer?  Not sure on that one though!

    Post # 13
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    1405 posts
    Bumble bee

    @ashnic87:  no, your photographer is doing that for you (picking the ones that make the final cut).

     

    How long is the shoot?  20-40 finished proofs is pretty typical for a one hour portrait session where all the images are retouched.  I know some photographers give hundreds of photos wiwth engagement sessions but these are typically “shoot and burn” type shoots that are edited as event quality.

    Post # 14
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    10367 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    How many engagement shots do you really need? We got a DVD with all of ours, but honestly, only ever used 4 of them (even though we like them all). As long as I got to choose the 20 I liked best, I think i’d be cool with that.

    Post # 15
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    8153 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I would try to find someone who will give you the rights to print the photos yourself. If you can’t do that then I would do the second photographer that lets your choose which photos you want from the online proofing gallery. What the photographer likes might not be what you like necessarily. Yes I trust their opinion on most things, but sometimes you just hate the way your arm looks, or your dress is sitting funny, or whatever!

    Post # 16
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    10367 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    @USER876:  We got 200 fully edited images from our 2-hour engagement shoot. Definitely not shoot-and-burn. So, it does exist!

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