Photography advice: Quality over Quantity?

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Should I set a lower photo quota for myself?
    Yes - It will help the photographers get better shots : (13 votes)
    43 %
    No - It won't make a difference, and you'll miss out on some shots : (12 votes)
    40 %
    Other - Please explain : (5 votes)
    17 %
  • Post # 3
    80 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: March 2012


    I think the “quote” on the number of photos they will give you is more of an “estimate” to how many photos they typically take at a wedding that is 9 hours. I don’t think they’ll get to the end of the night and go “Oh shoot! We only have 1500!” and snap a random 200 photos. 

    It’s just an estimate so you have an idea of how many photos you’ll end up with. 

    It would probably be more difficult for them to “cut it down”



    I used a “lot” of “quotes” in this “reply”

    Post # 4
    395 posts
    Helper bee

    I don’t know that it will help but those numbers are crazy. I’m betting you’ll be wading through lots of near dupes and rejects. I’ve never had more than 1000 photos at a wedding. And at least 100 of those were b and w conversions. I don’t even know why your photographer would giveyou  these numbers. Mass quantity shouldn’t be your goal. I’d much rather have 300 stunning wedding images than endless blahhhhhhh

    Post # 5
    11469 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper

    @Corai: 300 images from your engagement session!?!?  1,700 images from your wedding day! Wow! For our engagement session I believe we recieved 30 or so amazing photos with editing. For our wedding I think we recieved approximately 600 and they are all stunning and took me forever to go through. I can’t image having over a thousand photos to choose from.

    I am wondering if these will be duplicates or unedited photos. That just seems strangely high compared to the 500-800 that I typically saw when looking for a photographer.

    Post # 7
    5160 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

    My contract did not have specific quotas, just hours of coverage.  Is that standard for your photog?  

    IMO that is WAY more photos than you want to have to sort through and just way too many in general.

    I had 6 hours of coverage at my wedding and was delivered 500 phenomenal photos.  Every one was stunning, no repeats, etc.  If you ask me, one of the valuable service my photographer provided was pairing down the thousands of shots she took into a concise package of 500 amazing shots.

    Post # 8
    1315 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2006

    Numbers like that are quite literally ridiculous. It tells me that your photographer does very little if any editing, because if they did it would take them forever to process an event. It’s either a lazy business model for not taking the time to select the best work (something that is in their interest and yours), or it’s an unsustainable business model. Meaning on the off chance that they actually are editing all of those photos they’ve created three to four times the industry standard amount of photos to work on – how you can turn a profit on that is beyond me.

    Post # 10
    1670 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    Woah your photographer needs to cull before serving – removing dupes, chosing the best of a set, etc. We shot engagement photos for four hours and he gave us the 54 best ones. Not a set number, that’s just what he gave us. It is APLENTY. They’re all knockouts. I know he took way more than that obviously, it’s his job to select the best of the best to work on.  My photographer covers full day weddings and says we’ll get between 400-600. 

    Is your photog really new to the business?

    Post # 11
    788 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    Im sorry t say this but rookies put out numbers like that and only rookies would give 300 photos from a 2 hour E session.


    A quality photographer is going to give roughly 50-100 images per active hour of shooting. Maybe about 20 per hour for an E shoot. The numbers may rise a bit for an E shoot if styling is involved and many locations. For 2 hours Id say 50-80 max. Even then I think thats too many and it will be full of repeat poses.


    Post # 12
    9856 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @Corai:  I think you should tell them  you prefer quality over quantity but be careful.  My guess, is that if they’re giving you that many you’re getting EVERYTHING, the blinky shots and all.  We’re promised at least 360 for 6 hours (but we got 80 in our 1 hour engagement shoot).  Our photographer doesn’t give us the blinky shots or the ones where someone isn’t looking etc (although we will get what she calls a ‘blooper reel’ of funny pictures that are accidents).  She isn’t giving us the stuff we wouldn’t want, just the good stuff.

    Post # 13
    523 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I’m getting 200-300 edited images back for 6 hours for my wedding, I’m hoping it’s only 200 because I can’t even imagine going through all those photos.

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