pro pics are in. am I overreacting?

posted 2 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: what do you think?
    you're overreacting. enjoy the pictures you have. : (74 votes)
    64 %
    that's not right. where are all the other pictures? : (41 votes)
    36 %
  • Post # 2
    716 posts
    Busy bee

    Have you asked to see all the pictures?  It doesn’t sound strange to me that 294 pictures, maybe 1 in 3 is a quality or semi-quality picture.  I think some photographers cull down more than others.  Just ask if you want to see more, but do you really need more than 294 pictures?

    Post # 3
    347 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    (S)He probably shot around 500 to 700, and after editing, and ended up with 294 “good ones”. I would be happy with that amount. But then again I also have a videographer so my capture the wedding as well. Did you have a good assortment from each section of the wedding?

    Post # 5
    189 posts
    Blushing bee

    3:30-11:30 = 8 hours = 480 minutes = 1 picture every 1.6 minutes. Add in the ‘bad pictures’, you’re looking at a man who snapped a photo about every 30-45 seconds for 8+hours. I’d say that’s reasonable.

    Post # 6
    602 posts
    Busy bee

    Not a pro but I do some photography as a hobby and a few paid gigs here and there. I recently shot a party that lasted about 3 hours and ended up with about 50 great shots that I edited. Several pictures were duplicates, some out of focus, some where the lighting was off, etc. I took around 200 pictures at the event so about 1/4 were given to the client. I could have given more but they would have been so similar to the shots that were edited that it didn’t seem necessary. 

    You can ask your photographer to see the other shots that he/she took but they probably won’t feel comfortable sharing unedited pictures which means more work for them in the long run. FWIW, we got around 300 pictures from our wedding photog and it was really more than enough. 

    Post # 7
    6969 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    We got around 330 but our photographer left earlier than that. I don’t think it’s that unreasonable of a number provided the pics are great quality. You can always ask if there are some specific pictures you feel are missing.

    Post # 8
    1040 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014


    TheWagners1112:  for that much money, thats about what you get it seems. The more you pay the more pictures you recieve. Plus she/he weeds them out if some are blurry, don’t  look right etc. I think you are overreacting

    Post # 9
    2428 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I think that’s pretty reasonable. We got 567 pictures and I felt like that was more than enough. We got a lot of similar shots as well.

    Are you happy with the pictures? Do you feel like they missed anything?

    Post # 10
    9526 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I think that number of pictures is typical and very appropriate. If there is something, very specific, that you didn’t get then you could ask for that (I had to ask for a picture of our ceremony guitarist because the photog didn’t realize he was a friend, not some random vendor). But I would not just ask for more pictures, in general. 

    Post # 11
    9859 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I had 8 hours and got over 700 but we had 2 photographers.  That probably makes a difference.  We also paid a fair bit more (2500 + taxes)

    Post # 12
    643 posts
    Busy bee

    There aren’t more than 300 unique moments to capture at most weddings. Photogs end up with a lot of duplicates, funny faces, and images that are not quite right. If you have 300 good images, I think that’s more than reasonable. How many pictures do you need of a cake for example? Or the same group of people? People who get thousands of lower quality images are not better off. I’d rather have fewer usable images than too many poor images.

    Post # 13
    10 posts

    Did he say how many you would recieve in your package originally? When I shoot weddings I typically give my clients a ballpark number of images that I typically give out. Personally, I think a little less than 300 is a little low for wedding photos. But I’ve known photographers who only give out 150 images from the wedding day. So, I guess it really depends on the photographer.

    Personally, I would email the photographer and mention that you had expected more photos and were wondering why the number you recieved was so low. I would let him know that you do like you pictures, you had just expected more. (Also, a nice email to photographers goes a really really long. We surprisingly get a lot of really nasty emails so when I get a nice email I will do just about anything for that client). 

    Post # 14
    579 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2015

    That seems good to me. My last session with my photog was for a budior shoot and it was a 2 hour session. She took something like 650 pics and I got back 21. Apparently I’m not very photogenic lol

    Post # 16
    337 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I had 2 shooters, so I will preface my post with that, however we had both of them for 8 hours, and we have almost 1200 pictures from the wedding. Even if you divided that in half for 1 shooter, that’s still 600 or so pictures. 

    Of course, a lot of the pictures are multiples of similar shots, so when I went through and picked the very best pictures from the wedding, of the 1200 I ended up actually printing 496 (I only know this exact number because I just printed them lol). Not that the other pictures were “bad” by any means, but there’s about 6 of my dad walking me down the aisle, so I think I picked my favorite 2 to actually print. I liked that I could sort of choose what I liked best from the wedding because that’s what’s most important-that the pictures I have are the ones I love.

    I had 295 pictures from our engagement shoot alone. That was only a 4 hour shoot and I only had 1 shooter for that. I just feel like out of those pictures you’re not going to get a lot of your favorites or that you’re inevitably going to have a handful you don’t really like, which already pares down the small amount you do have. It seems a little bit off to me.

    The last thing I would like to point out is that I did pay slightly less than $1000 more for my photog than you did, so maybe that is part of it? Either way I think you were shorted on the pictures you received.

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