Post # 1
So I’m suppose to be meeting my photographer tomorrow to sign the contract and give her a $700 deposit. The thing is, I’m so nervous about it…
She’s not my favourite photographer…she’s really good, but there are styles that we like more…Of course they’re out of our price range though. The styles we like are kind of that organic look…if anyone knows what I mean by that.
The photographer we’re going with has a $500 discount on right now, provides the full day photography, a disc of at least 100 edited negatives for us to print at our own leisure, an 8×10 of our favourite photo and an album with about 40 of the best photos for $1400.
I think when we’re old, the style she has is going to still be appealing, and the “organic” style we like in the moment maybe won’t be as appealing…
I’m totally just thinking outloud here, but would also like to know if any of you ladies have had a similar issue?
Post # 3
perhaps when you go sign the contract, you could talk to her about the style you like and see if she’ll snap a handful that day? Maybe even take a few examples so she’ll know what you’re talking about??? who knows, since it’s a different style, she might be coaxed into using you guys as samples for her portfolio….
another idea might be try looking on Craigslist for someone starting out or check local colleges to see if they offer a major in photography (have NO clue on if that’s a major/minor ANYWHERE… but it’s an option!) and find out if you could get someone at either place to do them for free, in exchange for them using them in their portfolios. Or even for a deeply discounted price. That way you could (maybe) get the style you’re wanting as well as these others…
other than that? not a clue. Our photog is a friend who’s doing it for free (except we’re gonna be giving him $$ for his own supply or HIS favorite type beer as a ‘thank you’) and his photos are just AMAZING. I’m really REALLY looking forward to our engagement photos after the new year… partly for the photos and partly ’cause I REALLY wanna go to Norfolk!!!
Post # 4
I think the thing that makes ME nervous about your contract is that you are only getting 100 images on your disc? That doesn’t sound right. For that much money, you should be getting all the images, closer to 1,000 (or did you just accidentally leave a zero off?)
Post # 5
@crayfish: really? 100 isn’t that many? I’m pretty sure she said 100 edited photos on the disc, and I asked her how many she takes throughout the day and she said no limit…maybe I should ask with her again.
Post # 6
We paid just a little bit more (less than $200 or so) and had 2 photographers for 8 hours and received a CD with almost 700 EDITED photographs with printing rights (and a wedding album with 100 photos, and 3 8x10s and 2 5x7s). 100 photos seems really low!
Post # 7
For that many hours, they should be getting minimum 70 usable shots per hour. Maybe they are only editing 100 of those? If so, I would request that you get all of the unedited pics on a disc, or at the very least, that you get to choose which ones get edited. Think about how many important moments in addition to posed shots you’ll want from the day – 100 is not many at all!!
Post # 8
okay wow, I’m glad I asked…I will definitely ask for all unedited pics on a disc if she doesn’t already offer that…thanks for the advice ladies!
Post # 10
You should be getting somewhere between 50-100 shots per HOUR. That’s about the average.
Questions to ask:
1. Do I get full printing rights?
2. Are the pics on the cd high resolution?
3. Approx how many pictures do you give for a wedding? How many edited, how many unedited?
4. Can I see a portfolio of an entire wedding? (this should be the entirety of the same wedding – this is likely the quality/style you will get from her).
If you don’t feel comfortable DO NOT sign. Ask if you can take the contract home with you.