Post # 1
Over the weekend, FI and I meet with our photographer/ videographer… A little background info… our wedding venue package included the photographer/videographer which of course I was a little worried about since I know how important choosing the right photographer/videographer is and we shouldnt just go with anyone so we decided it was important to meet with the photographer and his office assistant ASAP. We were there for about an hour or so and they showed us a large variety of different weddings including several from our venue which FI and I loved. I brought with me LOTS and LOTS of questions I found here on the forum but most of which I didnt have to ask since the info was included in their overall presentation so FI and I are confident that they will do a great job on the day of… now to my question… our package includes the following:
1 9×11 leather bond wedding album with 50 images
1 16×20 custom portraits
2 8×10 portraits
50 photo thank you cards with evelops
An online viewing gallery
2 photo discos of all of our images taken the day of (uncopy righted)
3 fully edited wedding videos
1 in studio engagement photo session (which comes with 1 8×10 portrait and a disc of all the images (uncopy righted)
We have the photographer and his assistant for 9 hours and the videographer for 8 hours. Overall we were told that they typical take anywhere from 700-800 images throughout the day… so here is my question… I think this package sounds amazing but I dont know too much about wedding photography and packages so I would like to know if there anything else we should look into getting?
The assistnat mentioned to us how we dont even have to worry about ordering any prints from them since they cost around $12 and mentioned how we should take our uncopy righted disc to shutter fly or something and just order from there (which I thought was funny for him to say since in theory that would be taking business away from them but whatever)
Just going with the above… is this a good deal? We recevied a confirmation for the photographer/videographer from our wedding venue but during our meeting the assistant wrote up an official contract with them outlining our package and on the package price line listed our wedding venue as payment mehtod so there are no hidden costs unless we start upgrading things.
Ultimately we will see for ourselves their quality during our engagement session in July but in the mean time should I be thinking of anything else?
Post # 3
What is the cost of all this? It sounds pretty good to me!
Post # 4
@ohheavenlyday: I dont know what the cost value of the package is because our reception venue had an all inclusive package that included the photographer / videographer
Post # 5
Is the disk of photos high-resolution or low-resolution? Get specific on that if you think you might ever want to print out photos! Low res photos often won’t look good when enlarged to sizes bigger then 4×6.
Other then that one question, that sounds like a great package! 🙂
Post # 6
To me it sounds fabulous that you got both the photographer AND the videographer included. If you’re happy with the images they produce, even better!
The only thing I might frown upon if it were me is the in studio engagement session. That seems a little less natural than shooting around town, but honestly, I’m sure they will do a great job. If the engagement session is important to you, I would ask about that.
Post # 7
Not to be a negative Nellie BUT the one time I had a friend use one of those all inclusive places for her wedding, her stuff didn’t come out very well. I think they held the copyright to be pictures for A YEAR so she couldn’t print anything without their logo stamped all over the pictures. Also, her videos weren’t really good. I’m just saying that as long as you’ve done your due diligence and seen their work and asked your questions, you are good to go. Like the pp, I am not enamored with the ‘in studio’ engagement shoot. I prefer the outdoors. Other than that, I think you are good to go. I would wait for the other photographer bees to chime in too. They always give great advice!!!
Post # 8
Ask if the disk will be high res images? Also ask if the images that go into your album will be retouched. Did you see a sample album? Did you like it? Did it look high quality?
Also, ask if the portraits they are giving you will be retouched or just prints from the files you get on the disk. If that is the case, I would just order the potraits yourself, and ask for maybe more thank yous. 50 is kind of a waste, since most people have 150+ at their wedding.
Post # 9
I believe the assistant said the disc images will be high resolution but Im going to call to confirm that
@LuckyJuls: I remember we do have the option of going to a nearby park for the engagement photos opposed to just being in the studio
@USER876: the images in the album and portriat will be retouched and we were able to view 20 different albums while we were there including 7 9×11 albums (thats what we have in our package) so we could see what kind of options we have regarding the design and layout styles and I must say the albums were beautiful and we were very impressed
I also thought that 50 seemed to be very minimal but in the photo albums we were shown it seemed to capture the highlights of the day opposed to random photos, if that makes sense. They showed us 11×14 albums with 200+ photos that looked like a huge encyclopedia and smaller 4×6 albums that she called “Bragging Books” so we do have a lot of room to play around with the album selections of course if we wanted to add a few more I believe its either $7 or $10 per additional photo LOL
@bRooklynRocks: The assistant wrote the turn around timeline in the contract and it seems that we should receive the uncopy righted disc of images 2 weeks after the event. The album should take 10 – 12 weeks to complete once the lay out and design is confired and the portriat is 4 -6 weeks
As for the video, they actually had 2 playing on their flat screens so we got a chance to glance at those and we were shown 1 video directly and they seemed to be good to me but thanks for the warning