Post # 1
I’ve just started my photography search, and it is arguably the most important aspect of my wedding. I’m starting to meet with photographers in the CT area, and am a little surprised at the price vs what they offer. I wanted to ask what was included in your package, and what the price was? I understand prices in the tri-state area are more expensive, but I feel like the packages I looked at don’t include much…
More importantly, is it normal to NOT get the rights for the edited photos? My favorite photographer offers editing of “chosen photos”, but doesn’t offer the rights to the edited photos, only the raw digital files (unedited). Is that typical??
For the record, my $4000 package from my favorite photographer includes 2 shooters, editing of “chosen photos” (no rights), and rights to all raw photos on a DVD. No prints are included in the price. I thought I would be getting the rights to the edited photos.. are my expectatations too high?
PS – Any recommendations for CT photographers welcomed!
Post # 3
I don’t know if it is “normal” or not, but I would not get that package. I have the rights to our edited photos so I can make photo books, make prints for family and friends, and for my own personal use. I would NOT want to not have the rights to edited photos.
Post # 4
For that much money I would demand print release rights in the contract.
Post # 5
@sugarcube: i am paying 3700 and he is doing, engagements, bridal, and 2 photographers for the wedding day. We get among other things, rights to all the photos. And he is a fabulous photographer that comes with excellent recommendations. I would keep looking around.
Post # 6
@LovelyLaura: That is my concern. I want to be able to make calendars, prints, photobooks for me and my family with the EDITED photos. It seems like he retains the rights to the edited ones, so I would have trouble doing so – I would have to purchase from him.
Post # 7
Some photographers do that to force you to pay them for prints. I’d keep looking if you want to make photo books and other gifts.
I paid $1500ish for 1100 edited photos that I am free to use as I please.
Post # 8
I wonder if its a CT thing that they don’t give rights to edited photos… my second choice photog doesn’t offer that either! Am I doing something wrong? 🙁
Post # 9
I can’t compare our costs to yours, we live in a small area. It’s easy to get a decent [not top quality but not starting out either] photographer for around $900 w/ a couple prints, disk & rights to all photos.
Thank goodness I live in the middle of nowhere!
Post # 10
I would not go with that photographer. Having the edited photos is essential to me, unedited photos are still pretty, but they make the world of a difference. Look at this page from my favorite (unaffordable) photographer. It shows the difference between edited and unedited. NO way I would accept ONLY unedited photos.
Post # 11
Oh and we are paying $2600 for 7 hours, one photographer, print release and edited photos. He photos are pretty sweet too.
Post # 12
For $1200 I’m getting up to 12 hours, an engagement session, DVD of images (400-800), and $100 print credit And of course the printing rights. My photographer is AMAZING with a style we love and also considers herself to be a budget bride’s photographer! I was so happy when we met her. Very professional, has a great blog and offered up a DVD of a full wedding as well as her portfolio as part of the booking materials.
Post # 13
@sugarcube: Full time professionals from most major cities are very similar in what they offer. So similar in fact that I always urge people to forget about the “stuff” when it comes to making the decision. Anyone can offer stuff, but you won’t care how much stuff you have if you don’t love the photos. Spend what you can to get the best photographer to shoot your wedding and worry about stuff later. Here is what I consider “normal.”
Expect starting prices to begin in the 2500-3000 range. Full time pros are going to have huge business operating costs. Insurance, equipment, etc. It is not cheap to be a wedding photographer, and once you factor out the operational costs of business the profits from a wedding a very minimal for the amount of work we put in.
Disc of selected JPG images with a PRINT RELEASE. This is pretty much standard in every city I’ve ever shot in (Seattle, Chicago, Portland, San Diego – all the same norm). The term “rights” means different things to different people. Copyright is almost NEVER offered by a professional, and if it is it will be at a considerable premium. You do not need copyright unless you are wanting to sell your own photos for profit.
Expect 50-100 images per hour of service.
Editing practices vary from photographer to photographer. Most do at least basic adjustments to the images. Retouching is the next level beyond basic treatments, and some photographers do it automatically, some offer it on images for the album, and some charge extra.
I will say this in bold print, NO PROFESSIONAL OFFERS RAW IMAGES TO THEIR CLIENTS. I’m sorry, this is fact. Never once have a heard a story of raw images being released to a client that made any sense to me, or gave me the impression that the photographer letting go of those images wasn’t just starting out. RAW images are the file format that comes out of the camera without editing. Most clients do not have the means to even open these files. They are ugly. You don’t want them.
Post # 14
@sugarcube: I’m going to guess what you’re being offered is unedited files, not actual raw files. Either way, I’d never give clients unedited files unless his theory is that those files are only meant for you to have as a back up!
Post # 15
@sugarcube: FH and I are paying an addition $1500 for the DVD with the edited pictures. There was a base price that covers just them shooting our wedding.
Post # 16
@romantical: Was your base price lower? With a base of over 4000, I was hoping to have (printing) rights for my edited photos to make photobooks, etc…