Post # 1
The contract we received from our photographer states a minimum time period of 3 months after the wedding to receive the edited photos. We may have access to a selected few photos from her blog for the use of thank you cards, etc., but basically we will have to wait for at least 3 months. Is this way too long?? Seems long to me, but is this normal?
Post # 3
Yes! We deliver a sneak peek within a few days, a slideshow within 2-3 weeks & then all the photos within 4-6 weeks. Usually closer to the 4 weeks.
Post # 4
That seems really long! I usually deliver everything within 5-6 weeks.
Post # 5
Well I am expecting it to take around 3 months. He shoots weddings every weekend, many of which are out-of-state or destination weddings, plus engagement sessions during the week. With 2 photographers shooting for 10 hours, I can’t imagine how many photos he has to sift through and edit from our wedding. So, yeah, its gonna take a while… but I’m content for now with the guest photos and the shots from the photobooth!
Post # 6
Industry standard average varies aroud 4-8 weeks. 3 months is on the longer side, but it depends how busy the photographer is and how many weddings they do a yr, how much help or outsourcing they do,etc,etc. I wouldn’t let this stop you from booking if you love the work and the package fits in your budget. Many photographers promise earlier and then are late……so it may be the 3 months anyhow.
Post # 7
It took us 3.5 months to get our pictures…
Post # 8
Our wedding was October 15 and we have been told they will be ready after the 1st of the year–which is about 3 months. We knew this going into the contract because our photographer wasn’t planning on doing any other weddings in October. When we signed the contract I didn’t think it was a big deal, but now I’m dying to see the pics!
Post # 9
I got sneak peaks within a few days, but my contract does say 12 weeks for all the photos. Sigh. waiting, waiting, waiting…
Post # 10
I’m still getting the run around from one of my photographers and it’s been 4.5 months. So I would LOVE a 3 month turn around from her.
Post # 11
We get to preview the edited photos after 2 months, but we don’t receive the files until our one year anniversary.
Post # 12
- Wedding: September 2008 - A tiny town just outside of Glacier National Park
We turn ours around in 4-6 weeks, but have in 8 a few times. Our photographer took 6 months to get us our photos, but we had a chance to see many of them before the finals because we took part in the editing process. All in all, still way too long to wait!
If he’s a good photographer and busy, it might just be how his workflow is set up. If you can content yourself to wait, it seems like a long time, but it’s not absurd. 🙂
Post # 13
Thanks for all the feedback. We are going to meet with one more photographer (turnaround time 6-8 weeks) before making our final decision.
Post # 14
@Aug2012bride: You mean how long the turnaround is will affect who you choose for your photographer? I wouldn’t do that… I would think that the quality of the pictures and if you like the photographer’s “style,” their price, and even if you like them as a person (they are going to be very near to you on the most important day of your life!) would all be much more important.
Basically, what I’m saying, and I’m sure many of the PPs who had to wait similar times would tell you– I dont really mind waiting so long for my pictures, exactly because I know I love my photographer, and I know I’m going to love the pictures! 🙂
Post # 15
Took us 3 months and it was well worth the wait. There’s a lot of time and energy that goes into post-processing and I personally wouldn’t want that rushed. Also, just becuase they claim a certain time for processing, doesn’t mean they’ll stick to it. Someone with 6-8 weeks could take 12 too, it all depends. We’re running into that with our videographer but again, I’d rather have her take her time and do a good job than rush. I’d make your choice based on your meetings and whose style you like best.
Post # 16
@red_rose: I would agree with this, but since we chose our shortlist of photographers based on their websites and testimonials, I don’t have a strong preference towards a specific one. Basically, we made a shortlist of photographers that we liked all of their portfolios equally and are now deciding based on price, turnaround time and personality, amongst other criteria. All things being equal, I would prefer someone who generally has the photos back sooner than later. I don’t see the point in choosing someone who has said the quickest they can get them to me is three months over someone who I like the photos equally but can get them done in 6-8 weeks. Also, I don’t think quicker means you get a lesser quality product. It may also mean they do not treat photography as their full time job, etc.