Should I ask my photographer for the unedited photos?

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Yes, you should! Those are your memories. Besides, what if you find picsture you like better that the photog didn’t give you. We are getting all of our photos from our photog. We are paying for an extra disc with ALL of the photos taken from the entire day, which is on top of the disc she gives us with our edited photos that is in our contract! Can’t wait!

Post # 4
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11242 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Check your contract. I know in mine (and when I spoke with our photographer), she said that we get all of the photos she shoots (approximately 100 per hour).

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Yes, it’s my understanding that we will get to see some unedited pictures/ sneak peaks before the photographer edits it down. It probably depends on how your photographer does it.

Post # 7
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3488 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

A lot of times people will get completely overwhelmed if they have too many images (especially unedited ones that wont have that magical perfection of the polished ones) and can end up disappointed in the overall package from the photographer– as a result, many only give you the polished package with the best shots of the day, to ensure that you’re happy with their work. But I have never worked with a photographer who wouldn’t give you all the rest when asked though– so if you want them, give ’em a call; just remember not to be any less enchanted by the finished product once you see all the hundreds of “almost” shots they took too. 

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Tell your photog that you want another disc separate from your contract of ALL of the photos from the entire day that he/she took.  They will probably give you a separate charge for the disc but its worth it and thats how they make extra money.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

None of the professional photographers I know would ever release all the images they shoot on a wedding day. What we show is a representation of ourbusiness, so handing out the outtakes is a big risk for us when we consider how many people will be seeing them. I totally hear you on thinking the number of images isn’t enough but to be honest, you mayfeel that way because so many “fauxtographers” are in the market right now delivering thousands and thousands of slightly different versions of the same picture. I saw a post recently where someone got 4,000 photos! What in the world do you do with 4,000 photos? In those situations I feel like the photographer isn’t doing part of their job which is to deliver only the best images from the day. It sounds like in your case the photos fully represent the day, you’d just like the photo count to be higher. But truly, something like the first kiss happens in two seconds – I rarely have more than 2 shots of that and often only get one. If the photos you got tell the story of the day then the photographer did a good job. Did you discuss this beforehand or look at a full wedding that had a ton more photos than yours? If not this is probably standard for your photographer.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I just noticed you also only had 6 hours of coverage. That averages out to 55 images per minute, even more if you consider down time like dinner when there isn’t much to shoot. That is right on par with what I deliver – 50-60 unique images per hour. When you break it down that way, a photo a minute, its easier to understand the number you got. In any given minute I might snap 5 shots of a great moment but deliver the one from that set with the best expressions and would trash any with closed eyes or awkward faces. Quite reasonable for the amount of coverage you had.

Post # 11
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684 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

I would get all the pictures he took that day. There could be some hidden gems in there that were not up to photographer’s standards but would be special to you.

I hate when they edit them, it just not my thing to have “perfect” images 🙂

Post # 12
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

A photographer has a reputation to maintain. He will have given you all the photos he thinks are quality. You saw him snapping so many photos because only a fraction of them, even by a professional photographer, will come out well. He’s not going to give you photos with bad lighting, bad exposure, people looking in all sorts of directions, with the focus off, etc.

Post # 13
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622 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@mrsSonthebeach:  +1 

If I released all the images I took at a wedding you personally would know you got the outtakes but all your friends and family and anyone else who sees them arent going to know that and theyre going to think “whoever they hired is a hack!” Culling down images protects our business and the client from having to sort through 15 slight different versions of the exact same thing. As the photographer its our job to know what looks best and deliver that. We aren’t holding back on photos just for fun. You can certainly ask but I just don’t want you to assume from other posters that your photographer is just going to offer them all up if you just ask. I would have to say no to that request, but I’ve thankfully never had to because my clients generally trust that I wouldn’t hold back anything golden. It’s not in our best interest to do that. 🙂

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@mariematt:  I think your math got mixed up there.  The OP would have had to recieved 19,800 photos in order for there to be 55 images taken a minute.

6 hours= 360 minutes

300 photos/360 minutes = .83 photos per minute

 

OP, I got more pictures back from my 1.5 hr engagement session.  I do think you should ask if there are more photos, especially since it sounds like your contract specifies that you get all pictures taken on the disk.

Post # 15
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

If there are specific things that are missing that you would like pictures of, I think it would be all right to ask for that. But do you really need more than one picture of your first kiss? In the end, it never hurts to ask, but don’t be pissed if he won’t hand them over.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@BooRadley:  Sure didn’t. Did you read what I wrote? 330 images in 6 hours is 55 per hour, which is approximately a photo a minute, take when you take out 30 or so minutes of downtime (travel between venues, people eating, waiting for ceremony to begin, etc) it’s probably closer to 60 an hour which is … A photo a minute! =) 

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